When I was a child in the 70’s there was no album played more in my house than Helen Ready’s Greatest Hits album. Okay, Barbara Streisands ‘Guilty’ album got a lot of play, but it was a tie if anything.
The “I Am Woman” singer gave an anthem to women young and old and her music transcended age as well.
In a statement, her daughter and son, Traci and Jordan, said: “It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved mother, Helen Reddy, on the afternoon of September 29th 2020 in Los Angeles. 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.”
Her ex-husband and one-time manager, Jeff Wald, said, “I am v sad to announce that my first wife of 18 years and the mother of my two oldest, Traci & Jordan,” has died. “Traci spent the morning with Helen and she passed soon after under the excellent care of the Motion & Television Home.”
“I Am Woman” went to No. 1 in 1972 and was succeeded by further chart-toppers, “Delta Dawn” and “Angie Baby,” in 1973 and ’74. Her other top 10 hits in the U.S. included “Leave Me Alone (Ruby Red Dress),” “You and Me Against the World” and “AIn’t No Way to Treat a Lady.” She last topped the American chart with 1976’s “I Can’t Hear You No More.”
This is my personal favorite by her. Angie Baby.