She's good. She had an album in the 80s, called "Imagination" which was excellent. It's a shame it didn't sell, cause it was one of her best.
It had the song "Heartbeat," which Don Johnson later turned into a top ten hit.
Helen's version was much better.
"But look how much I've gained," indeed. She looks like she's wearing Lainie Kazan's body for the number.
She has Addison's disease and has been on prednisone for decades now.
Was Helen Reddy one of the greats? No, and she wouldn't pretend she was. But she was competent and professional and remains underrated. She was also undoubtedly part of the soundtrack of her era.
Good on you, Helen, wherever you are.
She will always be a favorite. Pete's Dragon was one of my favorite movies as a kid.
Op, however someone should teach that woman how to hold a husband...
Not so perfect!
OK, I hate to be Dissenting Deirdre here, but - at least in OP's clip - Miss Reddy is sloppily throwing away some end-notes with sliding cheats that make her sound like a lounge lizard.
All that's missing would be her pointing at audience members as she warbles about.
"Yes I've paid the pri~ce (yeah! *points*), but look how much I've gained (love ya! *sexy eyebrows*)"
R11 That is the way she has always sung it.
Her music always made me cringe. I don't know why. I remember in the '70s I would hear her voice and it made my stomach turn.
So she has ALWAYS sounded like a note-cheating, slightly off-key lounge lizard?
Well, at least I recall a fairly decent recording of "Leave Me Alone"
I had never heard of Helen Reddy before today. I watched some of the clips you guys attached and... Barf! She was awful. I'm glad she was before my time. Nasty. Her voice sounds so freeze-dried and stale.
Lounge lizard doesn't mean what you think it does, r11/14. The expression you want is "lounge singer." Lounge lizard is something else entirely, and it's really only used for men.
That song was written by the great Paul Williams, who also wrote "Rainbow Connection" and a ton of other songs to include "We've Only Just Begun". CBS Sunday morning had a great segment showing him during his coked out heyday where he came on the Johhny Carson show in a planet of the apes head makeup. He told Johnny, "This is what you look like after too many banana dacquiris." Clean and sober since 1990. A true genius.
Thanks, R21. I haven't heard that song since my Dad used to play the 8-track. She had an effortless, natural voice you don't get with pop singers nowadays.
She did so well for someone with the presence of a diner waitress, a four-note range, and the timbre of a wallaby with a clothespin on its snout.
She had a great set of pipes, and some very good songs. God bless her.
DAMN DAMN DAMN.
She sounds fucking phenomenal for being 71. I am in shock.
Most singers lose a lot more range and sound by that age. She's retained a lot.
I knew she'd been ill and hadn't toured much - she dove into retirement years ago and I remember reading somewhere that she might never sing in public again. Clearly, that changed.
What is the best way to prevent age-related voice deterioration? Is under-use of the vocal chords as bad as straining? Warmups, lessons, avoiding tobacco and alcohol? Anything else?
Vocal cords are essentially muscles that slacken with age and need constant proper training to keep them in shape.
Yet she did not sing a note for 10 years.
My favorite Helen. Baby I'm a Star. Very different from anything else she ever sang.
[quote]I knew she'd been ill and hadn't toured much - she dove into retirement years ago and I remember reading somewhere that she might never sing in public again.
No, it was her sister who was ill so she went back to Australia to help care for her. She also went back to college and earned a degree. After ten years, Sis is still going, so Helen headed back to the U.S.
She didn't go back to Australia to care for her sister, they aren't that close. She has an island where she lives six months of the year, and became a hypnotherapist.
Her nephew, Tony Sheldon, praises her in public but has nothing kind to say about her in private.
R34, that info about caring for her sister was from an interview two weeks ago, so that's the story she's putting out these days.
Ha! Interesting, R35. Her version of "helping" is apparently different than mine.
The hypnotherapy she does is actually "past life regressions". She's really into it.
Her voice has held up.
I'm not a huge fan but I adore "Angie Baby". Very spooky mood. It spoke to me as kid.
She sounds incredible for 71.
I have heard Tony say many nice things in private to what do you refer?
She was and is so damn B O R I N G.
I am woman, hear me snoore is more like it.
Saw her in concert homecoming weekend at my school Southwest Mo. State (now Missouri State University) in Springfield, Mo.... in 73. I feel really old.
I know careers come and go but her slide from the top seemed rather fast and unique. I mean she just had one huge hit after another then nothing.
I never liked her. Her voice was average. She wasn't good-looking. Her hit songs were ridiculous, although I did like "Angie Baby". I liked the song, not how she sang it. I always wondered why the song hasn't been covered; I'm sure there a singer out there who could do a much better version of it.
On talk shows she always came across as snooty and humorless.
She tried to be a movie star but that didn't work of course. She had a hit with "Pete's Dragon", a piece of Disney fluff but is probably best remembered as the nun who serenaded the critically ill Linda Blair in that Airport movie. The scene was hilariously skewered in "Airplane!" On a talk show she talked about her movie debut and when she said she played a nun, the audience laughed. The look on her face was priceless; it said "how DARE you laugh!"
When she accepted a Grammy for "I Am Woman" she said at the end of her speech "and I want to thank God, because SHE makes everything possible!" On some tv show she was on there was a bit where audience members were allowed to ask questions. Reddy was asked a young boy "why do you think God was a woman?" She deadpanned "I never said I thought God was a woman." He brought up her Grammy speech and what could she say to that? Boy, did she have egg on her face.
1970's lesbos loved her.
Back in the 1980s she appeared at the Tampa Gay Pride Festival for two mini-concerts about two hours apart.
For $5000 she sang the same three songs for both shows.
"I am Woman"
Sometimes a girl just has to jam... with the Bee Gees!