Billboard #1 Hits: #304: “Delta Dawn”- Helen Reddy. September 15, 1973. #1 for 1 week in Billboard Hot 100.

  • Single: “Delta Dawn”- Helen Reddy
  • Record Company- Capitol
  • Genre: Pop
  • Written by Larry Collins and Alex Harvey
  • Time:3:11
  • B-side:” If We Could Still Be Friends”
  • Album- Long Hard Climb
  • Grade: B
  • Peaked at #1 1 week in Billboard Hot 100. #1 in Australia and Canada.

“Delta Dawn” was first a top 10 hit for Tanya Tucker on the country singles chart a year earlier in 1972 but it had also been earlier recorded by Bette Midler as an album cut. “Delta Dawn” was the first of six singles in a row that Helen Reddy took to the top of the adult contemporary singles chart.

“Delta Dawn” was co-written by a rockabilly star named Larry Collins- it was about his mother who died of suicide when Collins was a teenager growing up in Tennessee. Collins and co-writer Alex Harvey wrote it together in twenty minutes and Harvey released it in 1971. Back to Bette Midler he single came out a few days after Helen Reddy’s and Reddy’s version had already gotten traction- so Midler’s version went nowhere. It was Helen Reddy’s second #1- her first was “I Am Woman” in 1972.

7 responses to “BILLBOARD #1 HITS: #304: ” DELTA DAWN”- HELEN REDDY – SEPTEMBER 15, 1973

    • Oh man…you’ve missed out on a lot of Jennifer Aniston in miniskirts & tight shirts! Anyway, in one Monica ( Courteney Cox) sings that song in karaoke but she’s in a seethrough top w/o a bra (though we can’ t really see that) & the men are whooping it up and she thinks it’s because she’s doing great singing…

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