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Odia Coates (1942 - May 19, 1991) was an American singer, best known for her work with Canadian singer-songwriter Paul Anka.


Early life

The daughter of an evangelical minister, Odia Coates was born in Vicksburg, Mississippi but as a young girl her family moved to Watts, California. From an early age, she sang in her church choir and eventually became a member of the Southern California State Youth Choir.

Work With Paul Anka

Coates is best remembered for her duet with Paul Anka called "(You're) Having My Baby" that went to No. 1 on the Billboard charts in 1974. They recorded several more duets that produced Top 10 & Top 20 hits such as 1974's "One Man Woman/One Woman Man" plus in 1975 "I Don't Like To Sleep Alone" and "(I Believe) There's Nothing Stronger Than Our Love". Coates also recorded "Make It Up To Me in Love", a sequel to "One Man Woman/One Woman Man", with Anka in 1977. Though the disco-flavored track was one of producer Tom Moulton's best works, the single failed to chart.

Solo Work

She had minor success as a solo artist with the Anka-penned track "You Come And You Go". She's also well remembered for singing another Top 10 Hit, "Country Roads" with John Denver in 1971. Coates went on to record on her own, meeting with modest success.


Odia Coates died from breast cancer in 1991, aged 49.

Simple English

Odia Coates (1942 - May 19, 1991) was an American singer. She is best remembered for her duet with Paul Anka, "(You're) Having My Baby" from 1974. The song was #1 on the Billboard Top 100 chart for three weeks in 1974.[1]


  1. "1970s Billboard Number One Hits". 


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