Bringing women out from the shadows of music history. Familiar characters, new perspectives.
Rita Coolidge soared as a singer and songwriter, working with Joe Cocker, Eric Clapton, Leon Russell, Bobby Womack, and Booker T. Jones. She was denied credit for writing the famous piano coda to “Layla” and her contribution to “Superstar,” a huge hit for The Carpenters, was similarly unsung. That was all before she met country rock troubadour Kris Kristofferson, whose superhuman levels of drinking did not help their marriage as her solo career took off.
This episode contains content that may be disturbing to some listeners and includes descriptions of domestic violence.
Delta Lady: A Memoir, by Rita Coolidge
Kristofferson: The Wild American, by Stephen Miller
Outlaw: Waylon, Willie, Kris, and the Renegades of Nashville, by Michael Streissguth
The Kristoffersons Make It (Rolling Stone)
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