By Jon Konjoyan
The woman can still roar. Helen Reddy, “the Queen of 70’s Pop,” whose hit “I Am Woman” served as an anthem for the women’s liberation movement, returned to Los Angeles recently for her first live performance in 10 years. The occasion was a benefit show for arts funding atSt.GenevieveHigh SchoolinPanoramaCity. Reddy, in fine voice, was greeted by fans who had flown in from all over the country and included stellar celebrities like actress Kim Novak.
Opening with the apropos “The Stars Fell on California,” Reddy delivered crowd pleasing standards like “That’s All” and solid pop numbers including four songs by songwriter Paul Williams, including her Top 10 hit of his “You and Me Against The World.”
The St. Genevieve Jazz Band and the Valiant Voices opened the show, with the Voices having recently had the honor of playing at President Jimmy Carter’s 85th birthday celebration.
The event was the brainchild of St. Genevieve’s principal Dan Horn, who is credited with instituting the school’s music program. Reddy is a friend of Horn’s and took an interest in helping the school after speaking there. If you couldn’t attend the show and want to make a donation, call (818) 894-6417 ext. 0 or go to www.valiantspirit.com.