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Odia Coates
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Background information
Born (1941-11-13)November 13, 1941
Vicksburg, Mississippi, U.S.
Died May 19, 1991(1991-05-19) (aged 49)
Oakland Medical Center, Oakland, California, U.S.
Occupation(s) Singer
Associated acts Paul Anka

Odia Coates (November 13, 1941 – May 19, 1991) was an American singer, best known for her high-profile hits with Canadian singer-songwriter Paul Anka.

Early life[edit]

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[edit]

Coates is best remembered for her duet with Paul Anka, "(You're) Having My Baby", that went to No. 1 on the 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.[citation needed]

Solo work[edit]

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.


Odia Coates died from breast cancer in 1991, aged 49, at Oakland Medical Center following a four year battle with the disease.[1][2]


  1. ^ Profile, books.google.com; accessed February 7, 2014.
  2. ^ Notice of death of Odia Coates, books.google.com; accessed February 15, 2015.

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Odessa American

Odessa American
Sun, 23 Aug 2015 15:30:53 -0700

1 song: “The Way We Were” by Barbra Streisand; “The Streak” by Ray Stevens and “You're Having My Baby” by Paul Anka and Odia Coates (spent three weeks each at No.1). Best-selling novel as named by Publisher's Weekly: “Centennial” by James A.
Thu, 13 Aug 2015 23:22:30 -0700

In 1974, "(You're) Having My Baby," Paul Anka's controversial duet with Odia Coates, was awarded a gold record. It was Anka's first No. 1 record since 1959. Feminists objected to the word "my," saying it should have been "our" baby. In 1979, Chicago ...
Huffington Post
Wed, 25 Mar 2015 09:33:14 -0700

Amongst old piano recital programs, yellowed copies of LA Weekly, and a Gold Record of Paul Anka and Odia Coates' disgraceful single "(You're) Having My Baby," I found a 1964 photo of me and my bunkmates. Standing behind us was our counselor, Bob ...

Radio.com Music and Entertainment News

Radio.com Music and Entertainment News
Wed, 20 May 2015 08:09:22 -0700

We take a look back at every song that ruled the summer from 1940 to 2014 to figure out just what the best song of the summer is. May 20, 2015 11:00 AM. View Comments. Songs of Summer. Related Tags: Beyonce, carly rae jepsen, Iggy Azalea, katy perry, ...

Houston Press (blog)

Houston Press (blog)
Tue, 09 Apr 2013 05:07:02 -0700

1 hit performing a duet with Odia Coates in 1974, "[You're] Having My Baby," which did him no favors with feminists at the time. However, My Way seems to be not only the story of Anka's life and career, but a couple of other books as well -- and not ...

Yahoo! Music (blog)

Yahoo! Music (blog)
Tue, 06 Aug 2013 18:56:51 -0700

18) (You're) Having My Baby -- Paul Anka and Odia Coates (1974): Though the song frequently shows up these days on those "Worst Songs of All-Time" lists alongside Starship's "We Built This City," there were three weeks at the end of the summer of 1974 ...
Niagara Frontier Publications
Tue, 21 Jan 2014 12:24:12 -0800

After a string of Las Vegas shows throughout the remainder of the 1960s, he teamed up with Odia Coates in 1974 on the No. 1 duet, "(You're) Having My Baby." Throughout his career, Anka also achieved much success writing songs for other legendary ...
Florida Times-Union (blog)
Fri, 19 Mar 2010 08:46:33 -0700

I get a little grief from friends for focusing too much on the lyrics of songs. And, granted, if you want to make a list of really bad rock lyrics, it'd be a long list. But somewhere on there, you'd have to put "Hot Blooded" by Foreigner which, as luck ...

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