Musically, Coolidge gets along just dandy, even without 007

What does Rita Coolidge share with past Las Vegas headliners Tom Jones, Sheena Easton, Gladys Knight and Shirley Bassey?

A James Bond theme, of course. And “All Time High” was one of the Bond themes to actually chart — it cracked Billboard’s Top 40 in the summer of 1983 — even if it’s not one of the ones Celine Dion now covers at Caesars Palace, and even if it surely would have been a bigger hit if it carried the movie’s name, “Octopussy.”

Coolidge had even bigger hits without 007’s help: “(Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher and Higher” and “We’re All Alone” were both part of a very good year in 1977. Her career has embraced everything from jazz standards to music drawing upon her Cherokee heritage.

And oh, the men in her life. Beyond her 1970s marriage to Kris Kristofferson, there were tours and/or personal involvements with Stephen Stills, Graham Nash, Leon Russell, Joe Cocker and Bob Dylan. Maybe she will dish on some of them this weekend at the Suncoast.

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