Chi Coltrane - Who Ever Told You

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Chi Coltrane in 1974
Chi Coltrane in 2009


Chi Coltrane (Chi is pronounced "shy"; born November 16, 1948 in Racine, Wisconsin) is best known as an American rock-pop-jazz songwriter, pianist, and singer.


Coltrane is one of seven children of a Canadian mother and a German violinist father. She played a number of instruments as a child. Her family moved frequently; her father died when she was ten. She gave her first piano recital at the age of 12. In 1970, she used two sidemen, an upright bassist and a drummer, playing jazz, funk and rock in local Chicago clubs and bars. In 1971 she represented the U.S. at the International Rock Festival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She appeared on "The Tonight Show" and "The Midnight Special".

Her first hit in the United States was "Thunder and Lightning," released in May 1972. By August it reached #17 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart, and #12 on the U.S. CashBox Top 100, #18 on the Canadian RPM singles charts, and #4 on the German hit list. It drove her first album, "Chi Coltrane", to stay on the charts for three months. The song "Go Like Elijah" also received considerable airplay, and held the #1 position on the Netherlands hit list for one month, peaking at US #94 (Record World).

After her first album was released, she released the album Let It Ride early in 1974 (on the Columbia Record label), "Greatest Hits" and "Best Of" albums in 1975, and in 1977 another album, "Road To Tomorrow" as well as "Silk & Steel" in 1981. She subsequently moved to Europe where she lived for a few years. She was voted Best Female Artist for two consecutive years. She released several albums on the Teldec label during the 1980s, including Live! in 1982 (it reached #12 on the European charts), Ready to Roll (1983) and The Message (1986). "Golden Classics" was released in November 1996 (Collectibles label). She has done TV soundtrack work and collaborated with Tangerine Dream in 1991. She returned to Los Angeles in 1993, where she built a recording studio and worked with underprivileged groups.

In 2009 Coltrane resumed her music career, releasing a new compilation "The Essential Chi Coltrane – Yesterday, Today & Forever". The collection featured material from her 1980s albums "Live!", "Ready to Roll", and "The Message". It also contained three new recordings, including the title track which featured a Paul Buckmaster string arrangement.

Coltrane's first comeback performance was a concert in Vienna at the Donauinselfest in 2009, where she drew 100,000 people. She then did a tour in the Netherlands in October 2009. Her CD went to #55 on the charts within two weeks. She then signed with Sony and did another tour in the Netherlands as well as a highly successful tour in Germany. She performed tours in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014, in the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium. As of 2014-2015 she was preparing for additional touring in Germany, and another tour in the Netherlands as well as a tour in Switzerland. She has written songs for and is committed to working next on a studio album of new material, scheduled to be released in 2015.


Chi Coltrane - Who Ever Told You / Myself To You

U.K. CBS 2005 (1974)

The vinyl record attains a strong excellent grading, suggesting few plays.

Audio quality is very clear and strong throughout.

Both record record labels are clean and unmarked.

The record comes with an original company paper sleeve.

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