In 1969 Helen moved to LA and was signed up by Capitol Records, and after a bumpy start she had her first hit In 1971 from Jesus Christ Superstar called I Don't Know How To Love Him written by Webber and Rice.
Her next record was going to be the big one. It was actually recorded in 1970, but I Am Woman crashed into the worldwide charts in 1972, and for this record Helen won a Grammy for best female performance.
Helen once said "Women have always been objectified in showbiz. I'd be the opening act for a comic and as I was leaving the
Helen was a huge success in the 1970s in the U.S., with several top three
hits including Delta Dawn, which was co-written by Alex Harvey, later to become a star himself in the Sensational Alex Harvey Band.
This was followed by Leave Me Alone (Ruby Red Dress) which was a poor UK hit in 1973, but a deserved No.1 in the U.S.
Lyrics to Leave Me Alone (Ruby Red Dress)
It was 1974 when Angie scored big in the U.S.
and in the UK with Angie Baby. Written by Alan O'Day, this went into the No. 5 position in the UK and No. 1 in the U.S. pushing Neil Sedaka out of position.
The song was loosely about
Lyrics to Angie Baby.