the midnight special

the midnight special

CHI COLTRANE Thunder and Lightning 1972 HQ

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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. Record World top 100 record chart and U.S. CashBox top 100, #18 on the Canadian RPM magazine charts, and #4 on the German hit list. It drove her first album, Chi Coltrane, to stay on the charts for three months.