Helen Reddy is an Australian-born singer and veteran entertainer who was one of the top performing artists of the early 1970s. Born in Melbourne into a prominent show business family, she began performing at age 4 with her parents on the Australian vaudeville circuit as a singer and dancer. Her many hits include the landmark "I Am Woman" (1972), an uplifting song about female empowerment with words by Reddy and music by Ray Burton that became an enduring feminist anthem.
After arriving in New York in 1966, Reddy worked at various singing jobs in both Canada and the U.S. before landing her first record deal with Fontana in 1968. Her first single, "One Way Ticket," became her very first chart hit, reaching #83 in her native Australia, although it never charted in the U.S. She then relocated to Los Angeles, signing on with Capitol Records shortly thereafter. Reddy made her U.S. chart debut in 1971 with her cover of "I Don't Know How To Love Him" from the rock opera, "Jesus Christ Superstar." Her career and fame took off in 1972 with "I Am Woman," which topped the charts and went on to win many awards, including a Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. Over the next five years, she scored a dozen more Top 40 hits that included "Leave Me Alone (Ruby Red Dress)" (1973), "You And Me Against The World" (1974), "Ain't No Way To Treat A Lady" (1975), "You're My World" (1977), and the chart-topping "Delta Dawn" (1973) and "Angie Baby" (1974). Her long string of hits continued through 1981 when she made her final entry on both the Pop/Rock and Adult Contemporary charts with "I Can't Say Goodbye To You."
Towards the end of the 1970s, Reddy increasingly turned her attention towards acting, making frequent TV and movie appearances. During the mid 1980s, she launched a new career in the theater, working mostly in musicals. She also continued to perform and record through 2002 when she retired from live performing. Afterwards, she earned a degree in clinical hypnotherapy and neuro-linguistic programming and was a practicing clinical hypnotherapist and motivational speaker in Australia. In 2012, she came out of retirement and has continued to perform to the present day.
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- Delta Dawn 1973
(This gospel-infused song, which was previously a minor hit for Tanya Tucker (1972), topped the charts.)
- I Am Woman 1972
(This uplifting feminist anthem topped the charts.)
- I Don't Know How To Love Him 1971
(This song also became a hit in 1971 for both Yvonne Elliman and the Kimberlys.)
- Leave Me Alone (Ruby Red Dress) 1973
- You And Me Against The World 1974
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