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Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.

Friday Night Forgotten Oldie: "Remember when the circus came to town..."

Friday Night Forgotten Oldie

 
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In 1974, Paul Williams was doing what he does best....writing songs.

One of them would be performed by an Australian female, but not the way Williams planned it.

“I wrote it as a man-woman song,” said Williams.

Enter the woman who would have a dozen top 40 hits in the United States, the first Australian to win a Grammy Award.  Though she changed the approach of the song, the meaning stayed intact.

“I loved the song and I wanted to sing it, but when I sang it as a woman-man love song, it didn’t feel right for me so I made it a mother-child love song. It proves that love is universal.”

Helen Reddy, she of "I am Woman" fame included her then 10-year old daughter Traci on the single that 40 years ago this month was a top 20 hit.



 



 

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Reddy did it all: recordings, TV, movies, Broadway. She was a bona fide superstar.

Then In 2002 she stopped doing everything to live a simple, frugal life away from all the limelight. USA TODAY wrote in 2008, “She rents a 13th-floor apartment with a 180-degree view of the Sydney harbor. When her apartment was recently appraised, she feared she would no longer be able to afford the rent. To her surprise, the New York-based landlord learned he had a celebrity, and wrote to tell her: ‘I had no idea it was the Helen Reddy who was living in my unit. Because of what you have done for millions of women all over the world, I will not sell or raise your rent. I hope you’ll be very happy living there for years to come’.”

Reddy returned to performing at concerts in 2012. Now 72, Reddy told an Australian interviewer, “I don’t care if I’m remembered or not. The important thing is that any good that I’ve done lives on.”





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