LOS ANGELES (AP) — Helen Reddy, who shot to stardom within the 1970s along with her rousing feminist anthem “I Am Lady” and recorded a string of different hits, has died. She was 78.
Reddy’s youngsters Traci and Jordan introduced that the actor-singer died Tuesday in Los Angeles:
Reddy’s 1971 model of “I Don’t Know The way to Love Him” from the musical “Jesus Christ Celebrity” launched a decade-long string of Prime 40 hits, three of which reached No. 1.
The Australian-born singer loved a prolific profession, showing in “Airport 1975” as a singing nun and scoring a number of hits, together with “Ain’t No Manner To Deal with a Woman,” “Delta Daybreak,” “Angie Child” and “You and Me In opposition to the World.”
In 1973 she received the perfect feminine vocal pop efficiency Grammy Award for “I Am Lady,” shortly thanking her then-husband and others in her acceptance speech.
“I solely have 10 seconds so I wish to thank everybody from Sony Capitol Information, I wish to assume Jeff Wald as a result of he makes my success potential and I wish to thank God as a result of she makes every thing potential,” Reddy mentioned, hoisting her Grammy within the air and leaving the stage to loud applause. She additionally carried out the track on the ceremony.
“I Am Lady” would turn into her greatest hit, utilized in movies and tv collection.
In a 2012 interview with The Related Press, Reddy cited the large success of “I Am Lady” as one of many causes she stepped out of public life.
“That was one of many causes that I finished singing, was once I was proven a contemporary American historical past high-school textbook, and an entire chapter on feminism and my identify and my lyrics (have been) within the guide,” she advised the AP. “And I assumed, `Effectively, I’m a part of historical past now. And the way do I high that? I can’t high that.′ So, it was a straightforward withdrawal.”
Reddy’s loss of life comes lower than three weeks after the discharge of a biopic about her life referred to as “I Am Lady.”
The movie’s director, Unjoo Moon, mentioned the movie resulted in a seven-year friendship with Reddy.
“I’ll endlessly be grateful to Helen for instructing me a lot about being an artist, a lady and a mom,” she mentioned in a press release. “She paved the best way for thus many and the lyrics that she wrote for ‘I’m Lady’ modified my life endlessly like they’ve performed for thus many different folks and can proceed to do for generations to come back. She is going to at all times be part of me and I’ll miss her enormously.”
A performer since childhood, Reddy was a part of a show-business household in Melbourne. She received a contest that introduced her to america and launched her recording profession, though she first needed to overcome concepts about her sound.
“In my earlier days in Australia, I used to be thought-about to be extra of a jazz singer,” she advised the AP in 1991. “After I received the competition that introduced me to this nation, one particular person mentioned, ‘The judges didn’t really feel you may have a recording profession since you don’t have a industrial sound.’”
Reddy retired from performing within the 1990s and returned to Australia, getting her diploma in medical hypnotherapy.
She later returned to California, the place within the 1970s she had served on a statewide Parks and Recreation Fee, and returned to the stage often.
In 2017 she carried out “I Am Lady” at a Girls’s March in Los Angeles, singing alongside actor Jamie Lee Curtis. Curtis mentioned it was the “ honor of my life” to introduce Reddy on the occasion.
Followers from all around the world posted tributes to Reddy on social media:
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