Album: Greatest Hits (1973)
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  • One of several hits for Helen Reddy in the early '70s, "Peaceful" was written and originally recorded by Kenny Rankin, who released it on his 1967 debut album Mind Dusters. Rankin is a jazz-pop singer who has recorded many standards in an unusual jazz style.
  • The song celebrates finding a peaceful place. The lyrics make mention of having been on the run, indicating the singer has escaped from a bad situation. >>
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    Mike - Santa Barbara, CA

Comments: 8

  • Steve from Ontario Such a good song, one of her best.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn March 19th 1969, Bobbie Gentry performed "Peaceful" on the CBS-TV program 'The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour'...
    Was track four of side two from her third studio album, 'Local Gentry', the album was released 1968...
    Just under four years later Heddy Reddy's covered version of the song entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart on January 28th, 1973; eventually it peaked at #12 and spent 17 weeks on the Top 100...
    Ms. Gentry, born Roberta Lee Streeter, will celebrate her 71st birthday in four months on July 27th {2015}.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn February 2nd 1973, the musical weekly series 'The Midnight Special' debuted on the NBC-TV network; the show ran for 8.5 years with a grand total of 350 episodes...
    Helen Reddy hosted the premiere episode and performed "Peaceful"; at the time the song was at #85 on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart and eventually peaked at #12 on the chart...
    {See the second posted below}.
  • Donna from Ft. Lauderdale, FlThis is a lovely song whether it's Helen Reddy or Kenny Rankin as vocalist. I think we can all appreciate the idea of a place where we can simply be ourselves. Nice relaxed tempo...very calming to the senses.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn January 28th 1973, "Peaceful" by Helen Reddy entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; and on April 29th, 1973 it peaked at #12 (for 1 week) and spent 17 weeks on the Top 100...
    It reached #2 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary Tracks chart...
    The song was surrounded by #1 records by Helen Reddy; "I Am Woman" preceded it, and peaked at #1 and "Delta Dawn" succeeded it, and it also reached #1...
    Ms. Reddy celebrated her 72nd birthday three months ago on October 25th (2013).
  • Tony from Vero Beach, FlI always interpreted Rankin's "had a son while on the run" as being a reference to his traveling around the country making music and his unwillingness to settle down (yet). There is no better illustration of the word "mellifluous" than the voice of Kenny Rankin. He will be missed, and his catalog will continue to be cherished.
  • Daevid from Glendale, CaI'd have to say, of all the greatest hits; this one has to be my fave.
    Great melody, great arrangement, etc.
  • Larry from New York City, NyAnother great Reddy song with great lyrics!
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