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Helen Reddy:

A 71 year old woman who can teach these young bitches a thing or two.

by Anonymousreply 5804/29/2013

In the original key. You and Me Against the World.

by Anonymousreply 103/31/2013

Spoken word

by Anonymousreply 203/31/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 303/31/2013


by Anonymousreply 404/11/2013

Hear her roar!

by Anonymousreply 504/11/2013

"But look how much I've gained," indeed. She looks like she's wearing Lainie Kazan's body for the number.

by Anonymousreply 604/11/2013

She has Addison's disease and has been on prednisone for decades now.

by Anonymousreply 704/12/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 804/12/2013

She will always be a favorite. Pete's Dragon was one of my favorite movies as a kid.

by Anonymousreply 904/12/2013

Op, however someone should teach that woman how to hold a husband...

Not so perfect!

by Anonymousreply 1004/12/2013

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*)"

by Anonymousreply 1104/12/2013

R11 That is the way she has always sung it.

by Anonymousreply 1204/12/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 1304/12/2013

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"

by Anonymousreply 1404/12/2013

Leave Me Alone, Dataloungers!

by Anonymousreply 1504/12/2013

Yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah

I'm... FFFFFfit to die!

by Anonymousreply 1604/12/2013

Cute video parody of the Reddy's "Leave Me Alone":

by Anonymousreply 1704/12/2013

Irma Thomas, age 69

by Anonymousreply 1804/12/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 1904/12/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 2004/13/2013

Love her version of "Peaceful"

by Anonymousreply 2104/13/2013

Early (in US, at least) Helen Reddy

by Anonymousreply 2204/13/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 2304/13/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 2404/13/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 2504/13/2013

She had a great set of pipes, and some very good songs. God bless her.

by Anonymousreply 2604/13/2013



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.

by Anonymousreply 2704/13/2013

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?

by Anonymousreply 2804/13/2013

Vocal cords are essentially muscles that slacken with age and need constant proper training to keep them in shape.

by Anonymousreply 2904/13/2013

Yet she did not sing a note for 10 years.

by Anonymousreply 3004/14/2013

My favorite Helen. Baby I'm a Star. Very different from anything else she ever sang.

by Anonymousreply 3104/14/2013

R31 her only song I ever hated.

by Anonymousreply 3204/14/2013

[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.

by Anonymousreply 3304/14/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 3404/14/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 3504/14/2013

Keep on singing! Don't stop singing!

by Anonymousreply 3604/14/2013

Ha! Interesting, R35. Her version of "helping" is apparently different than mine.

by Anonymousreply 3704/14/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 3804/14/2013

She sounds incredible for 71.

by Anonymousreply 3904/14/2013


by Anonymousreply 4004/14/2013

I have heard Tony say many nice things in private to what do you refer?

by Anonymousreply 4104/15/2013

She was and is so damn B O R I N G.

I am woman, hear me snoore is more like it.

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by Anonymousreply 4304/16/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 4404/16/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 4504/16/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 4604/16/2013

1970's lesbos loved her.

by Anonymousreply 4704/16/2013

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"

"Angie Baby"

"Delta Dawn"

by Anonymousreply 4804/16/2013

Sometimes a girl just has to jam... with the Bee Gees!

by Anonymousreply 4904/23/2013

I defy any of you to call her boring again once you've seen her in the clip above.... wearing that riqsué pink macramé bra as her only top!

by Anonymousreply 5004/23/2013

You're a little touched, ya know, OP baby!

by Anonymousreply 5104/23/2013

"risqué," not "riqsué"

by Anonymousreply 5204/23/2013

r51, leave him alone, just leave him alone, oh leave him alone...

by Anonymousreply 5304/23/2013

She is the candle on the water.

by Anonymousreply 5404/26/2013

I saw Helen Reddy in "Anything Goes" - the best Reno Sweeny since Eileen Rodgers. Patti LuPone swooped all over the place in this role.

by Anonymousreply 5504/29/2013

I could not listen to her then and I cannot listen to her now!

by Anonymousreply 5604/29/2013

What happened to her Jewish violent husband?

by Anonymousreply 5704/29/2013

She and Robin Gibb have the same figure. They're wearing the same pants only in different colors.

by Anonymousreply 5804/29/2013
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