Helen Reddy discography

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Helen Reddy discography
Helen Reddy 1973 (cropped).JPG
Helen Reddy in 1973
Studio albums 16
Live albums 1
Compilation albums 11
Video albums 1
Singles 31
Soundtrack albums 1

Helen Reddy, often referred to as the "Queen of 70s Pop",[1] has recorded 17 studio albums, seven of which achieved sales of 500,000 units in the US for which they were awarded Gold certification by the Recording Industry Association of America.[2] One of those seven, I Am Woman, eventually went Platinum by reaching sales of one million copies, and her first compilation album, Helen Reddy's Greatest Hits, was awarded Double Platinum status in 1992 for hitting the two million sales mark.[3] The respective US and Canadian album charts in Billboard[2] and RPM[4] magazine each had appearances by 10 of these LPs during the 1970s.

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 made it all the way to number one.[5] Of those 24 there were 20 that also made the Billboard Hot 100, with six of those hitting the top 10, including three ("I Am Woman", "Delta Dawn", and "Angie Baby") that reached number one.[6] Of those 20 Hot 100 entries, 19 were also Canadian pop hits in RPM,[7] and four of them – the three number ones and her number three hit "Leave Me Alone (Ruby Red Dress)" – earned Gold certification from the RIAA for the sales of one million copies that was the requirement for singles at that time.[3]

Capitol years (1971–1980)[edit]

Capitol Records executive Artie Mogull sensed that a hit record could be made with the song "I Don't Know How to Love Him" from the 1970 musical Jesus Christ Superstar, and since Reddy's then-husband/manager, Jeff Wald, was tenacious in contacting him about getting Reddy her first recording session in the United States, he decided to give Reddy her big break.[8] The success of the single led to a 1971 album of the same name and a 10-year stay with the label. That album included her first recording of "I Am Woman", which was only released as a single after being rerecorded for the 1972 film Stand Up and Be Counted.[9] The new recording became the first of her three songs to reach number one on the Hot 100 in addition to providing the title of her third album. It also reached number two Adult Contemporary in the US, as did its follow-up, "Peaceful",[5] which got as high as number 12 pop.[6]

The five consecutive studio LPs that Reddy recorded between 1973 and 1976 all achieved Gold certification and peaked in the top 20 slots on the album charts in both the US and Canada. The two singles from the first of those five, Long Hard Climb, both had impressive chart runs and achieved their own Gold certification a few months after release in the US.[3] In addition to topping the US pop chart, the first of the two, "Delta Dawn", also made it to number one Adult Contemporary there, and the second, "Leave Me Alone (Ruby Red Dress)", echoed that showing on the latter chart[5] and got as high as number three on the Hot 100.[6] Her first 1974 album, Love Song for Jeffrey, also had two AC number ones,[5] "Keep on Singing" and "You and Me Against the World", that respectively peaked at 15 and 9 on the pop chart.[6] Another two AC number ones came from her second 1974 release, Free and Easy.[5] The first, "Angie Baby", also went to number one pop and achieved Gold certification, while the second, "Emotion", only reached number 22 on the Hot 100.[6]

"Bluebird" was the lead single from her 1975 studio LP No Way to Treat a Lady and only peaked at number 5 Adult Contemporary[5] and number 35 pop,[6] but her next two singles from that album had better showings. "Ain't No Way to Treat a Lady" was yet another AC number one[5] and made it to number eight on the Hot 100,[6] and "Somewhere in the Night" also did well (numbers two AC[5] and 19 pop[6]). Her last Gold album, 1976's Music, Music, included the last of her Adult Contemporary number ones, "I Can't Hear You No More",[5] which had a lower pop chart showing than the previous two, at number 29.[6] That album's second and final single, "Gladiola", was a number 10 AC hit[5] but also became her first domestic single that failed to reach the Hot 100.[6]

Her 1977 album Ear Candy not only ended her hot streak as it stalled at number 75 on Billboard's ranking of the top 200 albums; it also became her last to appear there at all.[2] The first song released from it as a single, "You're My World", became her last Hot 100 entry to make the top 40 and her last Adult Contemporary hit to make the top 10. Her final projects with the label included a concert album (Live in London) and studio efforts flavored by disco (Reddy) and rock (Take What You Find).

Post-Capitol years (1981–present)[edit]

Reddy switched to MCA Records in 1981 and recorded Play Me Out, which yielded "I Can't Say Goodbye to You", her last song to reach either of Billboard's pop[6] or Adult Contemporary[5] charts. When her 1983 follow-up LP Imagination failed to get any attention, she received a letter from MCA notifying her that she was being dropped from the label.[10]

In 1990 Reddy recorded jazz interpretations of several of her hit songs along with new material for Feel So Young, a project she initially released herself that was later repackaged and retitled by other independent labels. 1998's Center Stage was her interpretation of some of her favorite songs from musicals, and her most recent studio effort was the holiday release The Best Christmas Ever in 2000.

Albums[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Date of release
Month/Year
Title Peak chart positions Certifications Label
US
[2]
CAN
[4]
NZ
[11]
UK
[12]
05/1971 I Don't Know How to Love Him 100 40 RIAA: Gold[3] Capitol
11/1971 Helen Reddy 167
11/1972 I Am Woman 14 7 RIAA: Platinum[3]
08/1973 Long Hard Climb 8 14 RIAA: Gold[3]
04/1974 Love Song for Jeffrey 11 6 RIAA: Gold[3]
10/1974 Free and Easy 8 9 16 17 RIAA: Gold[3]
BPI: Silver[13]
07/1975 No Way to Treat a Lady 11 13 13 RIAA: Gold[3]
08/1976 Music, Music 16 14 RIAA: Gold[3]
04/1977 Ear Candy 75 84
07/1978 We'll Sing in the Sunshine
07/1979 Reddy 97
05/1980 Take What You Find
10/1981 Play Me Out MCA
03/1983 Imagination
?/1990 Feel So Young Helen Reddy, Inc.
09/1998 Center Stage Varèse Sarabande
07/2000 The Best Christmas Ever Select Media Concepts
"—" denotes a title that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Live albums[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Certifications Label
US
[2]
CAN
[4]
NZ
[11]
UK
[12]
1978 Live in London Capitol
"—" denotes a title that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Compilation albums[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Certifications Label
US
[2]
CAN
[4]
NZ
[11]
UK
[12]
1975 Helen Reddy's Greatest Hits 5 9 1 5 RIAA: 2× Platinum[3]
BPI: Gold[13]
Capitol
1991 All-Time Greatest Hits EMI-Capitol Special Markets
The Best of Helen Reddy EMI
1993 The Very Best of Helen Reddy Virgin
1995 Basic: Original Hits Disky
1996 When I Dream Varèse Sarabande
1998 I Am Woman: The Essential Helen Reddy Collection Razor & Tie
2003 Absolutely the Best of Helen Reddy Varèse Sarabande
2006 Come with Me: The Rest of Helen Reddy Helen Reddy, Inc.
2006 The Woman I Am: The Definitive Collection Capitol
2009 Rarities from the Capitol Vaults EMI Music Special Markets
"—" denotes a title that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Feel So Young "compilations"[edit]

Reddy's 1990 album Feel So Young included covers of her hit songs "Ain't No Way to Treat a Lady", "Angie Baby ", "I Am Woman", and "You and Me Against the World" and was reissued under various titles that sometimes included new recordings of "Delta Dawn", "I Don't Know How to Love Him", and "Leave Me Alone (Ruby Red Dress)". None of these releases indicated that these were new recordings, and some of the reissue titles suggested that these were greatest hits compilations:

  • The Best of Helen Reddy (2002), Masters/Intercontinental Records
  • The Collection (2002), Performax
  • Feel So Young: The Best of Helen Reddy (2002), Prestige
  • Greatest & Latest (2002), Goldenlane Records
  • Classics (2003), Madacy
  • Greatest Hits (2005), Delta Distribution/Laserlight

Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Album
US
[6]
US
AC

[5]
US
C&W

[14]
US
R&B

[15]
AUS
[16]
CAN
[7]
IRE
[17]
MEX
[18]
NLD
[19]
NZ
[20]
SA
[21]
SWE
[22]
UK
[12]
1968 "One Way Ticket" 83 non-album single
1971 "I Don't Know How to Love Him" 13 12 2 10 23 14 I Don't Know How to Love Him
"Crazy Love" 51 8 66 35
"No Sad Song" 62 32 51 29 Helen Reddy
1972 "Summer of '71" 16
"I Am Woman" 1 2 2 1 n/a I Am Woman
1973 "Peaceful" 12 2 36 12
"Delta Dawn" 1 1 1 1 20 13 Long Hard Climb
"Leave Me Alone (Ruby Red Dress)" 3 1 1 5 13
1974 "Keep on Singing" 15 1 22 10 Love Song for Jeffrey
"You and Me Against the World" 9 1 55 9
"Angie Baby" 1 1 13 3 5 8 5 Free and Easy
1975 "Emotion" 22 1 25
"Free and Easy" 82 1
"Bluebird" 35 5 100 51 40 No Way to Treat a Lady
"Ain't No Way to Treat a Lady" 8 1 94 2 12
"Somewhere in the Night" 19 2 27 27
1976 "I Can't Hear You No More"
b/w "Music Is My Life"
29[A] 1


36








Music, Music
"Gladiola" 10
1977 "You're My World" 18 5 13 4[B] Ear Candy
"The Happy Girls"/
b/w "Laissez Les Bontemps Rouler"
57
14

98


65







"Candle on the Water" 27 Pete's Dragon soundtrack
1978 "We'll Sing in the Sunshine" 12 We'll Sing in the Sunshine
"Ready or Not" 73 28 70
1979 "Make Love to Me" 60 41 59 57 Reddy
"Let Me Be Your Woman" 43
1980 "Take What You Find" Take What You Find
1981 "I Can't Say Goodbye to You" 88 42 16 43 Play Me Out
1983 "Don't Tell Me Tonight" Imagination
"Imagination"
1998 "Surrender" Center Stage
"—" denotes a title that did not chart or was not released in that territory.
  • A The B-side, "Music Is My Life", was eventually listed on the Hot 100 alongside "I Can't Hear You No More"[6] as a "tag along" to indicate that some radio stations were opting to play the flip side of the original hit that charted.[23]
  • B On "You're My World" producer Kim Fowley's website is a note that the song "was number one (#1) in Mexico (Billboard) in 1977,"[24] but in the 17 nonconsecutive weekly appearances that the song made during its chart run on Billboard's "Hits of the World" list of the top 10 songs in Mexico in the issues dated between October 15, 1977, and April 8, 1978, the highest position that the song achieved was number four.[18]

Guest singles[edit]

Video releases[edit]

  • Helen Reddy: In Concert (1975), Forever DVD

Soundtracks[edit]

  • Pete's Dragon (1977), Walt Disney

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
1972 "I Am Woman" unknown
1974 "Angie Baby" John D. Wilson[25]
1983 "Imagination" Traci Wald Donat
1991 "Voices That Care"(Various) David S. Jackson

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Helen Reddy Ready to Roar Again". Chicago Tribune. Tribune Publishing. Retrieved 3 November 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Whitburn 2010, p. 646.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k RIAA Gold and Platinum Search for titles by Helen Reddy Archived 2015-09-03 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ a b c d "Helen Reddy Album Discography". RPM. RPM Library Archives. Retrieved 18 July 2015. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Whitburn 2007, pp. 226–227.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Whitburn 2009, p. 805.
  7. ^ a b "Helen Reddy Singles Discography". RPM. RPM Library Archives. Retrieved 18 July 2015. 
  8. ^ "Helen Reddy: Diamond and Diapers, Star and 'Sister', Denim and Devotion". Billboard. 1974-08-03. p. HR-6. 
  9. ^ Reddy 2006, p. 145.
  10. ^ Reddy 2006, p. 235.
  11. ^ a b c "charts.org.nz". Hung Medien. Retrieved 17 July 2015. 
  12. ^ a b c d "Helen Reddy - full Official Charts history". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 17 July 2015. 
  13. ^ a b "Certified Awards". British Phonographic Industry. Archived from the original on 6 February 2013. Retrieved 30 July 2015. 
  14. ^ Whitburn 2002, p. 285.
  15. ^ Whitburn 2004, p. 487.
  16. ^ "Discography Helen Reddy". Australian-charts.com at Hung Medien. Retrieved 22 July 2015. 
  17. ^ "Helen Reddy". The Irish Charts. irma.ie. Archived from the original on 3 June 2009. Retrieved 15 August 2015. 
  18. ^ a b "Hits of the World". Billboard. 1978-02-04. p. 82. 
  19. ^ "Dutch Charts > Helen Reddy" (in Dutch). dutchcharts.nl Hung Medien. Retrieved 15 August 2015. 
  20. ^ "Discography Helen Reddy". charts.org.nz at Hung Medien. Retrieved 22 July 2015. 
  21. ^ Billboard magazine published the top 10 songs from these charts, but "Delta Dawn" peaked there at number 13. "South African Rock Lists Website – SA Charts 1969–1989 Acts (R)". South Africa's Rock Lists. South African Rock Encyclopedia. Retrieved 15 August 2015. 
  22. ^ "Swedish Charts >Helen Reddy". swedishcharts.com Hung Medien. Retrieved 16 August 2015. 
  23. ^ Whitburn 2009, p. 14.
  24. ^ "Kim Fowley at a Glance". Kim Fowley - Official Site. Kim Fowley.net. Retrieved 15 June 2015. 
  25. ^ Fine Arts Film. "Fine Arts Film - Angie Baby". fineartsfilms.com. Retrieved 24 December 2017. 

References[edit]

  • Reddy, Helen (2006), The Woman I Am: A Memoir, Penguin Group, ISBN 1-58542-489-7 
  • Whitburn, Joel (2002), Joel Whitburn's Top Country Singles, 1944-2001, Record Research Inc., ISBN 0898201519 
  • Whitburn, Joel (2004), Joel Whitburn Presents Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles, 1942-2004, Record Research Inc., ISBN 0-89820-160-8 
  • Whitburn, Joel (2007), Joel Whitburn Presents Billboard Top Adult Songs, 1961-2006, Record Research Inc., ISBN 0898201691 
  • Whitburn, Joel (2009), Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles, 1955-2008, Record Research Inc., ISBN 0898201802 
  • Whitburn, Joel (2010), Joel Whitburn Presents Top Pop Albums, Seventh Edition, Record Research Inc., ISBN 0898201837