Registration with

register

lost password recovery

recover my password

sign in

sign in

Suggest a Songfact / Artistfact

Sign up for our newsletter

Get the Newsletter

Lady by Styx

Album: Styx IIReleased: 1973Charted:
6
  • Dennis DeYoung wrote this about his wife Suzanne, who he met in school. He wrote a few songs about her including "Babe" and "The Best Of Times." He has exclaimed many times how much he loves her and what an important part of his life she was. (thanks, Mike - Mountlake Terrace, WA. U.S.A)
  • This was featured on an episode of The Simpsons (titled "Tales from the Public Domain"), where Homer, playing Odysseus from The Odyssey (a book that is in the public domain), passes by hell via the river Styx. In hell, they sing Styx music - "Oh my god! This is hell!" (thanks, Ray D. - Duluth, CT)
  • According to VH1's Behind The Music and a 1978 radio interview with the band, Styx was signed to a small record label called Wooden Nickel when they first released this in 1973. It didn't get much promotion and went nowhere, until a DJ on WLS in Chicago who was determined to make it a hit played the song every night at 8pm, until it became a national hit. When Dennis DeYoung first heard it on the radio, he choked on his dinner he was so excited.

    Styx later signed a a major label deal with A&M records, but the song was never released to A&M by Wooden Nickel. Styx had to re-record it in 1995 to get it on their Greatest Hits CD. (thanks, Steve - St. Louis, MO)
  • At some of his concerts Dennis DeYoung sings this song with no other music or backup vocals with his wife Suzanne, who is also one of his backup singers. (thanks, Jimmy - VA)
or Register to post comments

Comments: 26

On March 2nd 1975, "Lady" by Styx peaked at #6 (for 2 weeks) on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; it had entered the chart on December 8th, 1974 at position #95 and spent 17 weeks on the Top 100...
Was track two on the quintet's 2nd studio album, 'Styx II', and the album peaked at #20 on Billboard's Top 200 Albums chart...
As stated above it was composed by lead singer Dennis DeYoung; who celebrated his 67th birthday twenty days ago on February 18th (2014).
Barry - Sauquoit, Ny
I always thought Tommy Shaw sang on the first recording of the song did not no he didn't record the song with them until I heard they rerecorded it in 1995. so I wonder why then I heard they had to in order to reliase (where is that spell check) it on their record at the time their was a lope hole in the contract they signed for wooden nickel see comment by Glen Burnie,MDVeronica - Pleasntville, Nj
slight correction to Deavid in Glendale, Ca. srry man... it wasnt 10 W 4, it was TW4. TW stands for Trade WindsMike - Castle Rock, Co
When i first saw the name styx in the SongFAQ section, i had thought they were talking about Butch Engle and the Styx, but that had to have been at least 10 years earlier...mid-sixties to be sure.Sam - Hipsville, Ca
Alittle trivia for Styx fans------before they were "STYX" - their name was " 10 W 4 "
glad someone had the good sense to rename the band with alittle more catchy spelling.
Daevid - Glendale, Ca
This song was written about my aunt who dated the drummer or something who was later kicked out and it was titled woman or something like that, i don't know the details but it was written about herBob - Millis, Ma
this song was played in the movie Underdog.Aaron - Boston, Ma
My memory of this song is of when I saw Styx play try to play it as bottles & other debris flew from the audience on to the stage and grand piano of Mr. DeYoung. Unbelievably he didn't leave the stage till far into the tune. Styx was opening for the far superior band, Be Bop Deluxe, who most of you never heard of. I don't condone such a reaction to a performer. However, I did share the annoyance with the majority of the audience. Styx music and attitude was obnoxious. Note to those playing NYC, don't flex your bicepts when bending a note while playing guitar. The lead guitarist actually did that!Howard - Cortland, Ny
Jay, from Glen Burnie, Tommy actually joined Styx in 1975. He joined them when JC left the band on the eve of the 'Equinox' tour, which was 1975. By 1976, he was in the studios with the rest of the band recording 'Crystal Ball'. Another song from the 'Wooden Nickel' era that I thought they should have re-recorded for the 'Greatest Hits 2' is 'Best Thing'.Randy - Colerain Twp., Oh
There was a hilarious scene in the short-lived television series, Freaks and Geeks where the character Nick Andopolis sang this song to his wierded out girlfriend Lindsay...
greatest moment ever...
Kaitlin - Toronto, On
Randy in Colerain Twp, you're right about "Lady" being the song Tommy Shaw had to audition for and had to hit the high notes. Lady hit #6 on the charts in 1975 and was a very big hit. I remember it well.Cindy - Tempe, Az
Hmmm... Something just donned on me- I believe that it was "Lady" that Tommy Shaw was asked to sing high notes on when he had auditioned for Styx. I wonder what song he would had to performed if this wasn't such a hit?Randy - Colerain Twp., Oh
Well, considering that Dennis DeYoung and Suzanne had been married for a number of years, and that he is known to be an a**hole, she was entitled to have songs written about her for staying with him for so long- but I am not sure whether or not they are still a couple. There is a song on the 'Man of Miracles' album that is entitled "A Song for Suzanne", that was also dedicated to his wife. Folks, what other woman should he have had written love songs for?Randy - Colerain Twp., Oh
This song is a great song and indicative of the kind of melodic rock that so marked the 70s. The guy who hates the 70s obviously does not know what he is talking about. If anything, the 70s was that period in rock with the most musical diversity and talent. It was the period of progressive rock, where rock groups were expected to put out stuff that actually sounded melodic, and where the singers actually can sing. You can't say that about rock today (not in the age of death metal and rap), and you certainly cannot say that about punk rock. Beauty in music today is dead.Mike - St Louis, Mo
Just because it was overplayed doesn't mean it is a bad song... you never hear it on the radio anymore anyway, so maybe you should just forgive and forget. I know I'll have trouble ever liking "Lips of an Angel" and "Fergalicious". But I'll try, because I believe in equal opportunity.Ben - Claremont, Mn
well no one likes "punkers"
this is a great song that started the lovely styx up!
Meg - Blahblahblah, La
Early punkers also laughed at Zeppelin, so we all know just how good their taste in music was, dont we? I wasnt around in the 70s to hear this song overplayed to death, so I enjoy it now.Sean - Colorado Springs, Co
If there were an award for the dumbest rock anthem ever recorded, this one would probably win. Schmaltzy, stupid, geeky and gorky. The reason it was on the The Simpsons wasn't because it's a great song--it's because it's so laughably annoying. It helped make the 1970s a miserable decade.... On the other hand, the reaction to bombastic radio dreck like this song was the Punk era. The early punkers used to laugh at music like this.Dirk - Nashville, Tn
"Lady 95" was recorded because A&M records did not own the rights to "Lady", and Wooden Nickel would not permit it to be used. Incidentially, "Lady 95" is the only studio recording of this song with Tommy Shaw. He joined the band in 1976.Jay - Glen Burnie, Md
Styx updated this song as "Lady '95" for their Greatest Hits compilation of that same year.Joshua - Twin Cities, Mn
My counsin's name is Lady and every time she had a birthday or a special ceremony, we would play that song. To Shell: It was a horribly beaten song that I couldn't stand in the 1970sStephanie - Denver, Co
This song is covered by "the dan band" and featured in "old school" with Vince Vaugn Lip Synching. Good piece of comedy that is missed in the first couple of viewings of the movie.Jamie - Bethesda, Md
Styx............. love em..........Babe ..what a great songPete - Nowra, Australia
I saw a VHI segment about this. Dennis DeYoung's wife claims the song is about her and she feels she's entitled to some profits; they're still arguing about it.Kim - Portland, Or
Was beat to DEATH in the '70s. I still can hardly listen to it.Shell - Riverdale, Ga
Song got enormous airplay after Chicago station WLS played it as a request, giving the band local regognition. Earned a gold record for Styx II in 1974.Robert - Chicago, Il