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How ‘Lady’ Belatedly Saved Styx From a Lifetime of Obscurity

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Dennis DeYoung was well aware of how tenuous things were for Styx until “Lady” became a surprise hit.

The song originally appeared 1973’s Styx II, but it wasn’t originally successful when released as a single. “Lady” finally began to gain traction the following year, soaring all the way to No. 6 in March 1975. By then, Styx had already released their fourth album, Man of Miracles

 My philosophy has always been that what drives us – fear, as much as anything else – is a great motivator,” the former Styx frontman said recently on the Hardcore Humanism podcast. “After that album was over with, we were out of business. Nobody else was gonna sign us; we had no record success.”

DeYoung faced a return to schoolteaching, until “this guy, this programmer director Jim Smith, goes and picks ‘Lady’ out of thin air. I would have been done in music if ‘Lady’ hadn’t been a hit. I look at it and I think, ‘Wow! What a pivotal moment that that happened to me.’ It’s unbelievable to me, when I look back on it, how close we were to failure.”

He says he “always knew how close we were to complete failure” and that it had “made a big impression.” Of course, success often comes with a price, DeYoung added.

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