Sunday, August 28, 2016

God Rock Sunday: Helen Reddy - "I Don't Know How to Love Him" (1971)

Helen Reddy - "I Don't Know How to Love Him" (Billboard #13, entered 2/20/71). Written by Andrew Lloyd-Webber and Tim Rice. Produced by Larry Marks. 45: "I Don't Know How to Love Him"/"I Believe in Music" (Capitol 1971). LP: I Don't Know How to Love Him (Capitol 1971).

Australian vocalist Helen Reddy launched a successful 1970s career with her version of this Jesus Christ Superstar torch ballad. WDRC in Hartford, Connecticut, apparently "broke" the single, whose B-side was an early version Mac Davis's "I Believe in Music," a hit for Gallery in 1972 and a future variety show staple. Her I Don't Know How to Love Him album also included an early draft of "I Am Woman," which she'd later re-record and turn into a feminist anthem.

Helen Reddy - "I Don't Know How to Love Him" (1971)

Also see: The "Jesus Christ Superstar" hit parade

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