Renee Geyer, an Australian soul singer who became famous in the 1970s and was known for her husky voice, died at the age of 69.
In a statement, Geyer’s family said that complications from hip surgery caused the singer to die.
“While Renee Geyer was in the hospital, it was found that she also had inoperable lung cancer,” the Mushroom Group said on behalf of Geyer’s family.
“She didn’t feel any pain and passed away peacefully surrounded by family and friends.”
We are all, of course, completely heartbroken.”
The singer from Melbourne became famous in the 1970s. She spent the first few years of the decade switching between bands, like the jazz-rock group Sun, with whom she recorded the album Sun 1972.
In 1973, she made her first album as a solo artist, which was called “Her.”
In an interview with the ABC last year, she said, “The fact that I could sing wasn’t a big deal; it was when other people started to think I was really good.”
“People stared wide-mouthed. I thought, “Well, I guess I must be pretty good.”” So I just started doing it for a living because it was fun and people kept asking me to do it.”
“She was a force of nature,” her family said.
Renee Geyer impressive rise to success took place quickly
Geyer’s 1975 single Heading in the Right Direction did the best on the charts.
In 1976, the single from her third studio album Ready to Deal, which was called “Ready to Deal,” reached number 31 on the Kent Music Report.
Renee Geyer became a popular singer over the course of her career. She worked with Sting, Joe Cocker, and Chaka Khan, among others.
In an interview with the ABC in 1973, she said of her music career, “It went by so fast.”
“I don’t think I’m sure of myself. I’m actually quite paranoid.
In 2000, she wrote an autobiography called “Confessions of a Difficult Woman,” and in 2005, she was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame.
The family of Renee Geyer says he looked forward to a ‘busy year’
Geyer’s life was not completely free of trouble.
She was given a good behaviour bond in 2017 because in 2015 she was rude to a hotel receptionist.
A court heard that Geyer used racist language and pushed an EFTPOS machine and a stationery holder to the floor during the incident.
In 2010, she drove her car into the window of an eye doctor’s store in the suburb of Elwood, which is near the centre of Melbourne.
She was diagnosed with breast cancer a year before the crash. In 2013, she told the Sydney Morning Herald that the crash made her feel bad because of the medicine she was taking as part of her treatment.
Renee Geyer was still performing around Australia quite often in the last few years.
The statement from her family said, “Just last month, Renee sang to a full house, and she was looking forward to another busy year doing what she loved most: performing for her loyal fans all over the country.”
Renee Geyer said in 2022 that she felt lucky when she thought back on her career.
She said, “I get paid to do what I love, and I’ve been doing it for over 50 years, so how lucky am I?”