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Helen Reddy

Helen Reddy (March 12, 2013)

Q. What do you get most out of performing now?

A. Just the joy of singing, the appreciation of the audience and the fact that I have more leeway in the songs that I choose to sing. I’m not locked into what the record company wants.

Q. What kind of songs are you able to sing now that you couldn’t before?

A. I do more of the ballads, not so much of the top 40 stuff, which is from another era.

Q. Are you still doing “Delta Dawn”?

A. Yes. I do sort of a medley of some of those hits.

Q. “Angie Baby”?

A. “Angie Baby” I do in its entirety because it is a story song, and the man who wrote it, Alan O’Day, is a good friend of mine, and I think he’s just a brilliant songwriter.

Q. “Ain’t No Way To Treat a Lady”?

A. “Ain’t No Way To Treat a Lady,” that’s a Harriet Schock song. I do it as part of a medley.

Q. Are there any songs that you think fans would want you to sing, but you decided, “You know what? I just don’t have to do this one anymore”?

A. (Laughing) There are some, believe me, that I won’t sing again. Like for instance, “Leave me alone, leave me alone, leave me alone, leave me alone, leave me alone, leave me alone—”

Q. I read that you counted the number of “leave me alones” in that one.

A. Yes, I certainly did. In fact, they used to have a contest on the radio that you could get two free tickets to Helen Reddy’s show if you could tell us how many times she sang “leave me alone.” I think it was like 42 times.

Q. So you are leaving that song alone?

A. Oh, yes! I’m leaving it out. (laughs)

Q. I assume “I Am Woman” is still the big crowd-pleaser?

A. Well, yes, that’s the one a lot of people come to hear, and it has become over the years an iconic song.

Q. When you recorded it, did you think it was a major statement song?

A. I had no idea the impact it would have. That was a big surprise.

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