(Photos by Sandy Zimmerman)
Following a 10 year break, Helen Reddy’s successful come back (2014) at the Orleans’, brought filled the showroom with many of her fans. Helen returned (2015) to the Orleans for a successful performance.
Helen’s face beamed with happiness. When Helen sang, it was reminiscent of the nights I reviewed her shows in the early years of her career. Helen still delivers an exciting show.
Helen sang while walking around the stage to get closer to her fans. She discussed her life and the beginning of her career in show business.
How could anyone forget Helen Reddy’s songs? Her songs held a strong female message. “You and Me Against the World” mirrored women’s feelings about facing life alone with their child. It could also be indicative of a woman and man making their way without anyone helping them.
Kenny Ascher and Paul Williams wrote “You and Me against the World” which Helen Reddy recorded in 1974. With gold and platinum selling albums, this record became popular in over fifty countries.
Of course Helen sang “Ain’t No Way to Treat a Lady”. Women can identify with Helen and her messages. Recorded in 1975, “Ain’t No Way to Treat a Lady” became #1 on Billboard Easy Listening charts.
Helen’s song “I am Woman” became significant to women,
Helen Reddy is still popular today. At 71, her fans hope she will continue to appear. Born to a show business family, Helen began her career at the age of 5. During his show, her father announced he wanted a child to join him onstage. When Helen stepped up, he asked her, do you know me? Helen answered, “No, father.”
The #1 Grammy-winning “I Am Woman” became not only THE anthem of the feminist movement during the radical 1970s, but also the signature song for its crop-haired composer and singer Helen Reddy. Three decades later this is the hit people still remember her for, despite the fact she had an abundance of other “top ten” records over the course of her long career. Helen Maxine Lamond Reddy was born in Melbourne, Australia, to showbiz parents, comedy actor/producer/writer Max Reddy and singer/soap opera actress Stella Lamond. She has English, Irish, Scottish, and Welsh ancestry. Helen began performing at the age of four at the Tivoli Theatre in Perth, Australia, touring much of her native country with her parents. She left boarding school at age 15 to work on the road singing and acting. Her musical style is best described as a light amalgam of rhythm and blues, easy rock and jazz. Her soothing, quivery vocals and equally warm appeal was instantly embraced, eventually earning her own Australian radio show. “Helen Reddy Sings” aired twice weekly on the Australian Broadcasting Commission.
One surprising fact about Helen Reddy, she left her singing career to become a clinical hypnotherapist. Helen’s interest began before she became famous and later earned a degree in clinical hypnotherapy.
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Award winning, syndicated columnist Sandy Zimmerman reviews shows/ restaurants and is a health/medical writer. For 25 years, Sandy has been a talk show host/producer of her “Las Vegas Today Show” programs and “Discover the Ultimate Vacation” travel specials produced around Las Vegas and around the world.