Her approachable easy listening style concealed the strangeness of her songs. In the first half of the 70s, the Australian-American vocalist topped the Billboard easy listening chart eight times and had nine other Top 20 singles, all of them as cushiony and emollient as she herself was unalarming and approachable. Stranger still, perhaps, just before she began singing about the stigmatised and evidently mentally ill Ruby, Angie and Dawn, Reddy had a huge hit with I Am Woman , the first avowedly feminist anthem to reach No 1. Coming from girl-next-door Reddy, who delivered it with characteristic elegant restraint, it resounded across America. But there was no grit at all in Angie Baby, the third and strangest of her strange trio.
FOR REDDY: CHANGES A MIXED BAG
FOR REDDY: CHANGES A MIXED BAG - Los Angeles Times
Born in Melbourne , Victoria, to a show-business family, Reddy started her career as an entertainer at age four. She sang on radio and television and won a talent contest on the television program Bandstand [a] in ; her prize was a ticket to New York City and a record audition, which was unsuccessful. She pursued her international singing career by moving to Chicago, and subsequently, Los Angeles, where she made her debut singles " One Way Ticket " and " I Believe in Music " in and , respectively. She was signed to Capitol Records a year later.
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Statement: Helen Reddy's ex-husband Jeff Wald has spoken out following the singer's death on Tuesday at the age of Pictured together at the Oscars in Los Angeles in The year-old producer was married to Reddy from until , and their often tumultuous relationship was documented in this year's biopic I Am Woman. Paying his respects: 'I am very sad to announce that my first wife of 18 years and the mother of my two oldest Traci and Jordan has died,' Wald tweeted. They wrote in a joint statement: 'It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved mother, Helen Reddy, on the afternoon of September 29, , in Los Angeles.
Helen Reddy , often referred to as the "Queen of 70s Pop",  recorded 18 studio albums, seven of which have achieved sales of , units in the US for which they were awarded Gold certification by the Recording Industry Association of America. Reddy's singles had the most success on what was then Billboard' s Easy Listening chart and became known as Adult Contemporary , where eight of her 24 entries reached number one. That album included her first recording of "I Am Woman", which was only released as a single after being rerecorded for the film Stand Up and Be Counted. It also reached number two Adult Contemporary in the US, as did its follow-up, " Peaceful ",  which got as high as number 12 pop.