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MAY 1: Happy birthday to Rita Coolidge, born today in 1945!🎂🎤 She started her career by singing around Memphis where she was discovered by Delaney & Bonnie. Coolidge soon became a background singer on many albums. In 1970, she met Kris Kristofferson and the two were married in 1973. They recorded several duet albums together and won two Grammys as a duo. In 1997, Coolidge, her sister, and her niece formed Walela, a Native American trio.
MAY 2: Happy birthday to Lou Gramm, born today in 1950!🎂🎤 The original lead singer of Foreigner has been rocking solo since the late 1980s. He and Foreigner’s Mick Jones often had a difficult and volatile relationship that led to Gramm to depart and rejoin the band multiple times. In 1997, Gramm was diagnosed with a brain tumor that was found benign, but surgery damaged his pituitary gland. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2013. Currently, Gramm is out with Asia featuring John Payne on tour.
MAY 3: Today in 1973 Tony Orlando and Dawn were at #1 in with “Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree”. It went to #1 in eight countries.