25 October 1941, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, A big-voiced interpreter of rock ballads, with a reputation as a high-profile feminist and campaigner on social issues, Reddy came from a showbusiness family. She was a child performer and had already starred in her own television show before winning a trip to New York in an Australian talent contest in 1966. There, an appearance on the influential Tonight Show led to a recording contract with Capitol Records, and a 1971 Top 20 hit single with I Dont Know How To Love Him from Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rices Jesus Christ Superstar. The following year, the powerful feminist anthem, I Am Woman, which she co-wrote with Peter Allen and was featured in the movie Stand Up And Be Counted, went to number 1 in the US, and sold over a million copies. It also gained Reddy a Grammy for Best Female Vocal Performance (part of her acceptance speech went: I want to thank God because she...
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