Styx

Lady

Composed by Dennis DeYoung

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Before Styx had Top Ten hits with songs like "Babe," "Too Much Time on My Hands," and "Mr. Roboto," they first broke the charts in 1975 with "Lady," a single that peaked at number six, but only on its second time around. "Lady" was first released on the Wooden Nickel label in 1973, gaining some minor attention in and around the Chicago area, the group's hometown. But it wasn't until two years later, when the song was given some fresh radio promotion across the U.S., that audiences began to take notice. This second effort boosted sales of "Lady"'s parent album, Styx II, and brought the band their very first gold disk. Clearly, Dennis DeYoung's soaring vocals are what give the song its energy and flair. Although the song starts off as a ballad, the delicate piano introduction eventually melds into a rock-induced tandem of staunch electric guitar via John Curulewski and thundering drum work from John Panozzo. The beginning of "Lady" was a slight foreshadowing of ballads that were soon to come, some of which gave Styx their biggest hits ever. But "Lady" did more than spotlight DeYoung's rich vocal traits. Still in their somewhat progressive rock beginnings with albums like 1973's The Serpent Is Rising and 1974's Man of Miracles, "Lady" proved that they could mix mystical lyrics with a powerful rock edge, thus keeping the keyboard work to a minimum. Soon, Styx shed all of their progressive tendencies, solid evidence that "Lady"'s radio-oriented sound pointed them in the right direction in which to follow.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Styx II 1973 Hip-O / Universal Distribution 2:58
No Image 1975
Various Artists
Ronco Silver
The Best of Styx [Wooden Nickel] 1977 Wooden Nickel Records 2:58
The Best of Styx [RCA] 1979 RCA 2:56
Nipper's Greatest Hits: The 70's 1990
Various Artists
RCA 2:58
Greatest Hits 1995 A&M 3:05
Return to Paradise 1997 CMC International / Sanctuary / Sanctuary Records 3:28
Return to Paradise [Video] 1997 CMC International
The Best of Times: The Best of Styx 1997 Universal Distribution
Love Songs of the 60's, 70's and 80's 1998
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 3:00
Time in a Bottle 1998
Various Artists
Delta Distribution 3:00
Love Bites: More Romantic Power Ballads 1998
Various Artists
3:00
Love Rocks, Vol. 2: Tonight's the Night 1998
Various Artists
Simitar Distribution 3:01
Lady: The Encore Collection 1998 BMG Special Products 2:58
Love Songs [Columbia River] 1999
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 3:00
Time in a Bottle: Mellow Rock Classics 1999
Various Artists
Delta Distribution 3:00
The Best of Styx (1973-1974) 1999 RCA / BMG International 2:56
Easyriders, Vol. 5 1999
Various Artists
Entertainment Weekly: The Greatest Hits 1975 2000
Various Artists
Buddha Records 2:57
Extended Versions 2000 BMG Special Products 3:29
Arch Allies: Live at Riverport [Video/DVD] 2000 CMC International 4:47
Singles Collection 2000 A&M
'70s Rock Hits 2001
Various Artists
Compose Records 2:56
Love Ballads to Remember 2001
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group / BMG Special Products 3:00
Maximum Pop Hits: Songs from the Heart 2001
Various Artists
CMC International 3:12
Entertainment Weekly: The Greatest Hits 1975-1979 2001
Various Artists
Buddha Records 2:57
At the River's Edge: Live in St. Louis 2002 Sanctuary / CMC International / Sanctuary Records 4:48
Come Sail Away: The Styx Anthology 2004 Chronicles / A&M 2:58
The Complete Wooden Nickel Recordings 2005 Hip-O / Universal Music 2:58
Power Ballads Gold 2005
Various Artists
Hip-O 2:59
Casey Kasem Presents: America's Top Ten - The 70's Rock's Greatest Hits 2005
Various Artists
Top Sail Productions 3:00
Feel the Noize: All Time Greatest Rock Anthems 2006
Various Artists
American Beat Records 3:01
Gold 2006 A&M
The Ultimate Rock Ballads Collection [Time Life] 2007
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:06
The Ultimate Rock Ballads Collection: Love Hurts 2007
Various Artists
Rhino 3:06
Best of Styx: Green Series 2008 Universal International
The Best of 1975: 20th Century Masters 2008
Various Artists
Strategic Marketing 2:58
Legends of Rock 2009 A&M / Universal Distribution / Strategic Marketing / Universal Import 2:58
Icon 2 2010 A&M 2:58
Live at the Orleans Arena, Las Vegas 2015 Eagle Rock 3:11
Suite Madame Blue 2016 Laser Media 4:13
Rock & Romance Collection
Various Artists
Time Life 3:07
The  Heart of Classic Rock [Box Set]
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:06
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