News breaking is that Helon Reddy has died that come with an announcement by her children Traci and Jordan posted on Facebook. “It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved mother,”
“She was a wonderful mother, grandmother and a truly formidable woman.
“Our hearts are broken. But we take comfort in the knowledge that her voice will live on forever.”
Reddy, who was best known for her song ‘I Am Woman’, the unofficial anthem of the feminist movement in the 1970s. There was the release of her biopic this year ‘I am Women”. that is now streaming on Stan.
Reddy was born (25 October 1941) in Victoria to a show-business family. Reddy started her career as an entertainer at age four. She sang on radio and television, and won a talent contest on a television program, Bandstand, in 1966; her prize was a ticket to New York City and a record audition, which turned out to be unsuccessful. She pursued her international singing career by moving to Chicago and, subsequently, Los Angeles, where she made her debut singles “One Way Ticket” and “I Believe in Music” in 1968 and 1970, respectively. The B-side of the latter single, “I Don’t Know How to Love Him” reached No. 10 in Canadian pop chart RPM and she was signed to Capitol Records a year later.
During the 1970s, she enjoyed international success, especially in the United States where she placed 15 singles in the top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100. Six made the Top 10 and three reached No. 1, including her signature hit “I Am Woman”. She placed 25 songs on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart; 15 made the Top 10 and eight reached No. 1, six consecutively. In 1974, at the inaugural American Music Awards, she won the award for Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist. In television, she was the first Australian to host a one-hour weekly primetime variety show on an American network, along with specials that were seen in more than 40 countries.
Between the 1980s and 1990s, as her single “I Can’t Say Goodbye to You” became her last to chart in the U.S., she acted in musicals and recorded albums such as Center Stage before retiring from live performance in 2002. She returned to university in Australia and earned her degree, and practised as a clinical hypnotherapist and motivational speaker. In 2011, after singing “Breezin’ Along with the Breeze” with her half-sister, Toni Lamond, for Lamond’s birthday, Reddy decided to return to live performing.
She had the ups and downs of showbiz but fought hard and in 2015 was diagnosed with dementia.
Hundreds of Reddy’s fans from around the world have begun flooding her official fan page on the Facebook platform, praising her achievements and mourning her passing.
“Quiet Please, There is a Lady Leaving the Stage,” the page administrator posted.
Our deepest respects to Lady Helen.