Kris Kristofferson and Rita Coolidge were a famous musical duo in the 1970s and were also married from 1973 to 1980. They first met when Coolidge was singing backup for artists like Joe Cocker and Eric Clapton, and Kristofferson was a relatively unknown songwriter. They started working together and eventually fell in love.
During their marriage, Kristofferson and Coolidge collaborated on several albums, including “Full Moon” and “Breakaway.” They also had a successful duet with “A Song I’d Like to Sing,” which reached the top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Despite their professional success, their personal relationship was tumultuous. Coolidge has spoken publicly about Kristofferson’s struggles with alcoholism and infidelity, and their marriage ultimately ended in divorce in 1980.
In the years since their split, Kristofferson and Coolidge have both continued to have successful music careers. Coolidge has released several albums and won multiple Grammy Awards, while Kristofferson has continued to write and perform music, as well as act in films.
While their relationship was marked by both creative collaboration and personal turmoil, Kris Kristofferson and Rita Coolidge remain a legendary musical duo, remembered for their beautiful harmonies and contributions to the country and folk music scenes.