Renee Geyer dies at the age of 70

Acclaimed blues singer Renee Geyer has died in Melbourne hospital following hip surgery. She only performed last month and plans to continue to do so.

Rene Geyer.

Rene Geyer.Credit:Serge Thomann

A statement from her label, Mushroom, described Geyer as “irrepressible, sassy and loyal,” and said the hospital found she also had inoperable lung cancer.

“She was in no pain and died peacefully surrounded by her family and friends,” the statement said.

Your hits included On the way in the right direction (1975), Stare and whisper (1977) and say i love you (1981). She spent a decade in the United States and made a name for herself as a formidable backing singer, working with Neil Diamond, Sting, Toni Childs and Joe Cocker. She described herself as “a white Hungarian Jew from Australia who sounds like a 65-year-old black man from Alabama”.

Geyer got a late career boost when she released her version of the James Brown song It’s a man’s world was used in the credits for the mad Men TV series in Australia. It was a moment that came full circle as it was this track that brought her her first fame in 1974.

Born in Melbourne in 1953, Geyer began singing at the age of 16, while still in high school, and released her self-titled debut album in 1973.

her autobiography Confessions of a Difficult Woman was released in 2000. She was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 2005, became the first woman to be inducted into the Music Victoria Hall of Fame in 2013 and received the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award at the Australian Women in Music Awards in 2018.

There’s more to come. Renee Geyer dies at the age of 70

Jaclyn Diaz

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