Here’s how Coolidge says she came to contribute to the writing of In 1970, before she became famous, Coolidge was a respected back-up singer for groups like Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, and was dating drummer Jim Gordon.
One day, Coolidge says, she and Gordon sat down at the piano and wrote a song from a riff that had been playing in Gordon’s head.
He was just the loveliest man and such a great peacemaker in the studio.
There were times that we just kind of needed a peacemaker.
[laughs]RC: Kris and I would be in different vocal booths sometimes because he would be playing guitar and I would be singing.
We weren't always in the same vocal booth when we recorded.
I would try to get the baby off of Kris' shoulders before they got to him but they had absolutely no sense that they were invading our family or that we even were a family. But I think when we were performing, it was a completely different thing.
A lot of the screaming and running for Kris had to do with his film career because people do that. We know about your many studio recordings throughout your prolific recording career but Rita Coolidge on stage, performing live, is a whole other experience. If I'm at home for too long and not on the road and not having that relationship with my band and with audiences, I feel like I'm falling down on my job, in a way. The songs may be the same and even the order of the songs may be the same, but the way that they're presented and the way that they're received is always different.
I kind of knew my way around LA studios and the way things were run, and David Anderle, who was my record producer also produced the Kris and Rita records.
Either way, Coolidge was partly responsible for it, she writes in her new memoir, ) also has a mother,” she writes.
Coolidge said the slight as co-writer of the song that eventually became Clapton’s anthem “would come to haunt me the rest of my life.” Not to mention cost her a small fortune in royalties.
A year later, in 1971, while at a photo shot for her upcoming first solo album, the photographer turned on the radio. What they had clearly done was take the song Jim and I had written, jettisoned the lyrics, and tacked it to the end of Eric’s song. Coolidge, who eventually married Kris Kristofferson, makes another clarification in her book.
It was almost the same as the arrangement,” Coolidge writes in , said she tried to get credit for her part of the songwriting and even approached Clapton’s manager, the late Robert Stigwood — who told her, rudely, to get lost. She didn’t break up Crosby, Stills & Nash when she left Crosby for Nash.