Lady (Styx song)

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"Lady"
Single by Styx
from the album Styx II
B-side "Children of the Land"
Released 1973
Format 7"
Recorded Late 1972
Genre Progressive rock
Length 2:58
Label Wooden Nickel Records / RCA Records
Writer(s) Dennis DeYoung
Styx singles chronology
"Best Thing"
(1972)
"Lady"
(1974)
"You Need Love"
(1975)

"Lady" is a 1973 rock ballad written and performed by the rock band Styx. It was first released on Styx II and was a local hit in the band's native Chicago, but initially failed to chart nationally. The song gained success shortly after Styx left Wooden Nickel Records to move to A&M Records in 1974 as it began picking up airplay nationwide,[1] eventually peaking at #6 on the Billboard Top 40 in March 1975. The track was later re-recorded for the 1995 Styx compilation Greatest Hits due to a contractual dispute between A&M and Wooden Nickel.

Background[edit]

"Lady" was written by Dennis DeYoung for his wife, Suzanne Feusi, the first song he ever wrote for her.[2] DeYoung recounted to Contemporary Keyboard magazine for the January 1981 issue that the first time he ever played acoustic piano was when the band arrived at the recording studio to record "Lady" and saw the piano in the studio; DeYoung had written the song on an electric piano, but decided to try it out on the piano instead, and liked the sound so much that he switched to the piano for the recorded version. It didn't get much promotion and went nowhere, until a DJ named Dick Biondi on WLS in Chicago who was determined to make it a hit played the song every night at 8pm, until it became a national hit.[3]

This is the only song from the band's four Wooden Nickel-era albums that is still performed live; all other material from those years has been long disowned by the band. Former lead singer Dennis DeYoung also performs the song regularly on his solo tours.

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Lady '95[edit]

"Lady '95"
Song by Styx from album Styx: Greatest Hits
Released 1995
Recorded 1995
Genre Hard Rock, Progressive Rock, Rock
Length 3:05
Label A&M Records
Writer Dennis DeYoung

Lady '95 is a 1995 Styx re-recording of the 1973 song "Lady". It was rerecorded as a result of a contractual dispute between A&M Records and Wooden Nickel Records. It solely appears on A&M compilations, most notably "Styx: Greatest Hits", for which the song was rerecorded.

Background[edit]

The 1995 A&M Records Compilation "Styx: Greatest Hits" couldn't use the original version of "Lady" because the song was originally recorded for and released through Wooden Nickel Records (which also had a distribution arrangement with RCA Records). Because A&M/Polygram had been unable to secure distribution rights to the song, most of the classic lineup of Styx (Dennis DeYoung, Tommy Shaw, Chuck Panozzo, and James "J.Y." Young) reunited to re-record the track at Dennis' home studio, The White Room. They were joined by uncredited session drummer Todd Sucherman, who filled in for John Panozzo due to Panozzo's failing health; Sucherman officially (and permanently) joined the band in 1996, during the Return to Paradise tour, and is included in the present lineup. The track, which is very similar to the original, was titled "Lady '95". The recording of the track ultimately lead to the original members of Styx reuniting.

Reception[edit]

The re-recorded version received mixed reviews from fans. Some claimed it sounded better than the original version. They claimed it was cleaner and more even. However, other fans still stick to the original, being that the original was the one that hit #6 on the charts.

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Other media[edit]

This song has been featured in various television programs, including episodes of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Freaks and Geeks, The Office, and Still Standing. It has also appeared in films such as The Perfect Man, Old School, and 'Underdog'.

Homer Simpson, as Odysseus, endures this song as he crosses the River Styx in the Simpsons episode "Tales from the Public Domain", groaning "This truly is hell!".

Dennis DeYoung sang the song with Hal Sparks in 2006 on the show Celebrity Duets.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Styx at the 2010 Great Jones County Fair
  2. ^ As stated by DeYoung on the 2004 album The Music of Styx--Live with Symphony Orchestra.
  3. ^ Text from article in Contemporary Keyboard, January 1981

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