Styx

Lady

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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 RCA 2:56
No Image 1975
Various Artists
Adam VIII
No Image 1975
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution
No Image 1975
Various Artists
Ronco Silver
The Best of Styx [Wooden Nickel] 1977 Wooden Nickel Records 2:58
Nipper's Greatest Hits: The 70's 1990
Various Artists
RCA 2:58
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
Have a Nice Decade: The 70s Pop Culture Box 1998
Various Artists
Rhino 3:31
Love Bites: More Romantic Power Ballads 1998
Various Artists
Rhino 3:00
Love Rocks, Vol. 2: Tonight's the Night 1998
Various Artists
Simitar Distribution 3:01
Love Songs [Columbia River] 1999
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 3:00
The Best of Styx (1973-1974) 1999 RCA / BMG International 2:56
Entertainment Weekly: The Greatest Hits 1975 2000
Various Artists
Buddha Records 2:57
'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
Entertainment Weekly: The Greatest Hits 1975-1979 2001
Various Artists
Buddha Records 2:57
The Complete Wooden Nickel Recordings 2005 Hip-O 3:00
Power Ballads Gold 2005
Various Artists
Hip-O 2:56
Feel the Noize: All Time Greatest Rock Anthems 2006
Various Artists
American Beat Records 3:01
The Ultimate Rock Ballads Collection [Time Life] 2007
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:06
Legends of Rock 2009 A&M / Universal Distribution / Universal
Icon 2010 A&M 2:58
Icon 2 2010 A&M 2:58
Classic Power Ballads
Various Artists
Universal
Rock & Romance Collection
Various Artists
Time Life 3:07
The Heart of Classic Rock [Box Set]
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:06
Throwback Tunes: 70s
Various Artists
Hip-O / Universal 2:59