RITA COOLIDGE / LORETTA LYNN CELEBRATION

LORETTA LYNN – A Celebration:
Tayla Lynn Heller / Niamh Lynn / Louise Morrissey/ Leona Williams

Loretta Lynn is a multiple-gold-album selling American country music singer whose legendary life story was told in her 1976 autobiography ‘Coal Miner’s Daughter’. Her work has spanned more than 50 years and she has received numerous awards and other accolades for her groundbreaking role in country music and American culture.

Loretta began singing professionally in the late 1950’s and by the 1970’s, she was the richest woman in country music, famous for her working-class appeal and the defiance shown in such songs as “You Ain’t Woman Enough (To Take My Man),” “Before I’m Over You” and “Coal Miner’s Daughter.”

Loretta received the award ‘Artist of the Decade’ in 1979 for her work and she remains the only woman with the title to this day. In 1988, Loretta was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Appearing in this unmissable tribute show to the ‘Coalminers Daughter’ will be none other than Tayla Lynn Heller, granddaughter of the singing legend, flying in from Tennessee and accompanied on stage by Niamh Lynn and Louise Morrissey. We also have a special guest appearance by Leona Williams who shared the limelight with Loretta Lynn for some of her stage appearances and recordings.

RITA COOLIDGE:

STILL CLIMBING ‘HIGHER and HIGHER’

Rita Coolidge is an Amercian two-time Grammy Award-winning singer best known for her hits in the 1970’s.

Born in Nashville, her first group was The Coolidge Sisters, which included siblings Priscilla and Linda. Eventually they went their separate ways and Rita’s solo career found her as the premier female voice in Los Angeles. She toured as backup singer with Delaney & Bonnie Bramlett and later she relocated to Los Angeles and sang backup vocals for well-known musicians such as Eric Clapton, Joe Cocker, Leon Russell, Graham Nash, Stephen Stills, Dave Mason and Duane Allman, among others.

Throughout her career, she sang in various musical genres, including folk, country, R&B, pop, rock and jazz., In 1977 Rita broke through with her solo album Anytime … Anywhere, and the hits included the 1983 tune “All Time High,” that was used as the theme song from the James Bond movie Octopussy.

In1970, Rita met her future husband, singer-songwriter-actor Kris Kristofferson and, soon the combination of Kristofferson’s raw phrasing and Rita’s clear and strong harmonizing worked magic along their sell-out tours. As a duo, Kris and Rita have recorded two albums: Full Moon and Breakaway.

With material like “We’re All Alone”, “Words”, “The Way You Do The Things You Do”, and “Higher and Higher” which were international hits, her albums, now double platinum, turned Rita into an artist of the first magnitude.

Opry le Daniel is delighted to welcome Rita Coolidge to Ireland for her one and only visit to the country this year and record this special concert.


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