“I’d Rather Leave While I’m In Love” is a song co-written by Peter Allen and Carol Bayer-Sager, popularized by Rita Coolidge in 1979, and recorded by a number of other artists.
“I’d Rather Leave While I’m In Love” was a comeback single for Rita Coolidge in 1979. Of her four previous singles between 1978 and 1979, two had not charted, while two had been in the top 20 on the adult contemporary charts, though not in the top 10. In contrast, the Coolidge version of the “I’d Rather Leave While I’m In Love” reached Number 3 on the U.S. adult contemporary chart, as well as charting highly elsewhere. It has been described as one of Coolidge’s “most triumphant performances”, and was included on Coolidge’s Satisfied album (A&M, 1979).
Peter Allen recorded his own version of “I’d Rather Leave While I’m In Love”, included on his I Could Have Been a Sailor album (A&M, 1979), as did Carole Bayer Sager on her eponymous 1977 album. Other artists who have recorded the song include, Melanie, Dusty Springfield, Ann Peebles and Carmen McRae.
Rita Coolidge (born May 1, 1945) is an American recording artist and songwriter. During the 1970s and 1980s, she charted hits on Billboard’s pop, country, adult contemporary and jazz charts and won two Grammy Awards with fellow musician and former husband Kris Kristofferson.
Coolidge was born in Lafayette, Tennessee. Coolidge attended Nashville’s Maplewood High School. She graduated from Andrew Jackson Senior High in Jacksonville, Florida. She is a member of Alpha Gamma Delta sorority. She is of Scottish and self-identified Cherokee ancestry.
Coolidge is a graduate of Florida State University. After singing around Memphis (including a stint singing jingles), she was discovered by Delaney & Bonnie, who took her to Los Angeles where, besides her work with Delaney & Bonnie, she became a popular background singer on many other people’s albums. She sang for Leon Russell, Joe Cocker, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Dave Mason, Graham Nash, and Stephen Stills. She was featured in Joe Cocker’s Mad Dogs and Englishmen tour and album, singing Russell’s and Bonnie Bramlett’s song “Superstar.” She became known as “The Delta Lady” and inspired Russell to write a song of the same name for her.
In November 1970, she met Kris Kristofferson at the Los Angeles airport when they were both catching the same flight to Tennessee. He got off in Memphis with her, rather than continue to his intended destination in Nashville. The two married in 1973 and recorded several duet albums, which sold well and earned the duo a Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal in 1974 for From the Bottle to the Bottom, and in 1976 for Lover Please.
Coolidge’s greatest success on the pop charts came during 1977–1978 with four consecutive top 25 hits, covers of Jackie Wilson’s “(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher”, Boz Scaggs’ “We’re All Alone”, The Temptations’ “The Way You Do The Things You Do”, and Marcia Hines’ “You”.
Coolidge also was among the first hosts on VH1. In 2006, Coolidge recorded a standards album, And So Is Love.