‘I am Woman,’ singer Helen Reddy dies at age 78

Helen Reddy, who shot to stardom in the nineteen seventies with her rousing feminist anthem I Am Lady and recorded a string of other hits, has died. She was seventy eight.

Reddy’s children Traci and Jordan introduced that the actor-singer died Tuesday in Los Angeles.

“She was a amazing mom, grandmother and a genuinely formidable lady,” they explained in a statement. “Our hearts are broken. But we get ease and comfort in the information that her voice will reside on eternally.”

Reddy’s 1971 edition of I Will not Know How to Like Him from the musical Jesus Christ Superstar launched a ten years-prolonged string of Prime 40 hits, a few of which achieved number 1.

The Australian-born singer loved a prolific career, showing in Airport 1975 as a singing nun and scoring numerous hits, which includes Ain’t No Way To Treat a LadyDelta DawnAngie Little one and You and Me From the World. In 1973 she won the ideal feminine vocal pop efficiency Grammy Award for I Am Lady, quickly thanking her then-husband and many others in her acceptance speech. 

“I only have ten seconds so I would like to thank absolutely everyone from Sony Capitol Records, I would like to think Jeff Wald for the reason that he can make my accomplishment doable and I would like to thank God for the reason that she can make almost everything doable,” Reddy explained, hoisting her Grammy in the air and leaving the stage to loud applause. She also carried out the tune at the ceremony.

 I Am Woman would become her most important hit, applied in movies and tv series. 

Reddy’s 1971 edition of I Will not Know How to Like Him from the musical Jesus Christ Superstar launched a ten years-prolonged string of Prime 40 hits, a few of which achieved number 1. (Photograph by John Minihan/Evening Typical/Hulton Archive/Getty Visuals) (Getty Visuals)

In a 2012 job interview with The Involved Press, Reddy cited the gigantic accomplishment of I Am Lady as 1 of the reasons she stepped out of general public daily life.

“That was 1 of the reasons that I stopped singing, was when I was demonstrated a modern day American historical past higher-faculty textbook, and a full chapter on feminism and my identify and my lyrics [were being] in the e book,” she informed the AP. “And I assumed, `Well, I’m element of historical past now. And how do I best that? I are not able to best that.’ So, it was an easy withdrawal.”

Reddy’s demise arrives considerably less than a few months just after the release of a biopic about her daily life referred to as I Am Lady. The film’s director, Unjoo Moon, explained the movie resulted in a seven-calendar year friendship with Reddy.

“I will eternally be grateful to Helen for teaching me so a lot about remaining an artist, a lady and a mom,” she explained in a statement. “She paved the way for so numerous and the lyrics that she wrote for I Am Lady changed my daily life eternally like they have finished for so numerous other persons and will continue on to do for generations to come. She will usually be a element of me and I will pass up her enormously.” 

A performer because childhood, Reddy was element of a exhibit-small business family members in Melbourne. She won a contest that introduced her to the United States and released her recording career, although she to start with experienced to get over thoughts about her seem.

“In my previously times in Australia, I was thought of to be a lot more of a jazz singer,” she informed the AP in 1991. “When I won the contest that introduced me to this country, 1 human being explained, `The judges didn’t experience you could have a recording career for the reason that you really don’t have a industrial seem.”‘

Reddy retired from doing in the 1990s and returned to Australia, receiving her degree in clinical hypnotherapy. She later returned to California, in which in the nineteen seventies she experienced served on a statewide Parks and Recreation Fee, and returned to the stage sometimes.

In 2017 she carried out I Am Lady at a Women’s March in Los Angeles, singing alongside actor Jamie Lee Curtis. Curtis explained it was the ” honour of my daily life”  to introduce Reddy at the party.