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November 13, 1941|
Vicksburg, Mississippi, U.S.
|Died||May 19, 1991
Oakland Medical Center, Oakland, California, U.S.
|Associated acts||Paul Anka|
The daughter of an evangelical minister, Odia Coates was born in Vicksburg, Mississippi. As a young child her family moved to Watts, California, where her father served as pastor in the Beautiful Gates Church Of God In Christ, where she sang in the church choir. She eventually became a member of the Northern California State Youth Choir, co-founded by Edwin Hawkins.
Work with Paul Anka
Coates is best remembered for her duet with Paul Anka, "(You're) Having My Baby", that went to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 on August 24-September 7, 1974. The two recorded several more Top 10 & Top 20 hits, including 1974's "One Man Woman/One Woman Man" and 1975's "I Don't Like To Sleep Alone" and "(I Believe) There's Nothing Stronger Than Our Love". She recorded "Make It Up To Me in Love", a sequel to "One Man Woman/One Woman Man", with Anka in 1977.
She had minor success as a solo artist with the Anka-penned track "You Come And You Go" and a cover of the Electric Light Orchestra song Showdown. Both songs come from her only self-titled solo album released in 1975 by United Artists Records with producer Rick Hall.
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