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Delta Lady Coolidge still captivating crowds at 62

by Mariko Kato

World-famous singer Rita Coolidge performs in Tokyo and Nagoya Oct. 14-20. Coolidge’s versatile voice, ranging from the clear to the sultry, has captivated audiences in genres including country, folk, pop, rock and R&B for nearly four decades.

Starting her career as backing vocalist for rock ‘n’ rollers such as Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix, Coolidge got her big break singing vocals on “Superstar” on the “Mad Dogs and Englishmen” album by Joe Cocker in 1970.

As her solo singles hit the charts, she became known as The Delta Lady, inspiring Leon Russell to write a song of that name, and she twice won a Grammy Award for Best Country Performance duetting with then-husband Kris Kristofferson. She is also known for the song “All Time High” in the 1983 James Bond film “Octopussy.”

Now aged 62, Coolidge still performs around the world, and on her Japan tour she will draw from a well of hit tunes that include “We’re All Alone” and “(Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher and Higher,” as well as from her 2006 jazz release “And So In Love”.

Rita Coolidge will play Cotton Club Tokyo Oct. 14-17, with two performances every evening (7 p.m. and 9.30 p.m. except Oct. 14, 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.). Ticket prices start from ¥7,875. Call (03) 3215-1555 for tickets. She then plays Cotton Club Nagoya on Oct. 19 (6.30 p.m. and 9.15 p.m.) and Oct. 20 (6 p.m. and 8.45 p.m.). Ticket prices start from ¥8,400 (tel. [052] 961-6311). For more information, visit www.cottonclubjapan.co.jp.