There were many popular Native American artists in the 70s, including Redbone, Winterhawk and Buffy Sainte-Marie. Country pop queen Rita Coolidge, who was married to singer/songwriter/actor Kris Kristofferson, was also an important Native voice in the music arena. She is of Cherokee descent. "We're All Alone" was one of two #1 Adult Contemporary hits Coolidge had on her Anytime...Anywhere (March, 1977) album. The other was "All Time High." (Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher and Higher was the first single released from the album. It was written by Gary Jackson, Raynard Miner, and Carl Smith and originally sung by great soul singer Jackie Wilson.
"We're All Alone" is a soft rock ballad that was written by velvety smooth vocalist Boz Scaggs. His version and Coolidge's are earnest and captivating. Both of their voices have special qualities. While the 2x Grammy winner's solo hits didn't address any Native American issues, they embraced the universal language of love.
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About the Curator - Sonya Alexander
After graduating from UCLA, Sonya trained to be a talent agent. After realizing she belonged on the creative end, she started freelance writing, covering film festivals for Los Angeles local papers. She's written about film, video games, global affairs, wildlife conservation and, most recently, music. She specializes in classic rock, classic soul, blues, classic country, classical and world music and is tri-coastal, residing in Los Angeles, New York and New Orleans.
31 May 2021
The Isley Brothers added smokiness and umbre to it. They’re not just singing the song, they’re living it.
3 March 2021
The song is simple in its approach. It has an uncomplicated melody, a catchy refrain and Withers’ dulcet vocals. Songs like this epitomize the 70s, full of happiness and love. Pop culture always defines eras. The movies, television shows and music mirror the times. “Lovely Day” symbolizes the 70s, but it’s eternal in its outlook.
20 November 2020
The 70s had some of the best slow jams. Love songs were actually about love. Roberta Flack’s “Feel Like Makin’ Love,” from the album of the same title, is a worthy entry into the 70s catalog of golden love song hits. The silky tune blazed up the music charts in 1974 and remained at number one for a week on Billboard’s Hot 100 Singles…