Thelma Houston

Singer and Actor
Born May 7, 1946

Thelma Houston is an American singer and actress. She scored a number-one hit in 1977 with her cover version of the song "Don't Leave Me This Way", which won the Grammy for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.

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1946 Birth Born on May 7, 1946.


1969 - 1971 2 More Events
1973 27 Years Old In 1973 Motown Productions announced a projected biopic of Dinah Washington which would star Houston; however the project was dropped due to difficulties in getting clearance from Washington's relatives.
1974 28 Years Old In April 1974 Houston joined the cast of The Marty Feldman Comedy Machine, playing various characters during the show's skits. … Read More
1975 29 Years Old 1 More Event
Houston took acting classes and received her first role in the 1975 made-for-television film Death Scream. … Read More


1976 30 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1976 Houston sang backing vocals for Motown labelmate Jermaine Jackson on his album My Name Is Jermaine.
…  She scored a number-one hit in 1977 with her cover version of the song "Don't Leave Me This Way", which won the Grammy for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. … Read More
1978 32 Years Old 1 More Event
With the lead single from her 1978 album The Devil in Me: "I'm Here Again", Houston returned to the style of "Don't Leave Me This Way" without recapturing the earlier single's success.
1979 33 Years Old …  After appearing in the independent film The Seventh Dwarf in 1979 Houston made guest-starring appearances into the mid-1980s in several popular television programs including Cagney & Lacey, Simon & Simon - a January 1986 appearance that featured her performing "You Used to Hold Me So Tight" - and Faerie Tale Theatre. … Read More
1985 39 Years Old 1 More Event
On the May 19, 1985 NBC broadcast Motown Returns to the Apollo Houston performed "What a Diff'rence a Day Makes" in the guise of Dinah Washington.


1989 43 Years Old Houston also co-wrote and sang back-up on the song "Be Yourself" for Patti LaBelle's 1989 album of the same title.
1990 44 Years Old The Fall of 1990 saw the release of Houston's first album in six years, Throw You Down, a long-planned collaboration with producer Richard Perry which briefly extended Houston's career as a minor R&B chart presence. … Read More
1994 48 Years Old In 1994, Houston participated in an AIDS benefit at New York’s Algonquin Hotel, performing gospel music with Phoebe Snow, Chaka Khan and CeCe Peniston as "Sisters of Glory". … Read More
1995 49 Years Old Houston performed with the Sisters of Glory for the Pope in Vatican City and in 1995 Houston, Phoebe Snow, CeCe Peniston, Lois Walden and Albertina Walker recorded the Warner Brothers album Good News In Hard Times as the Sisters of Glory.


1997 - 2000 2 More Events
2002 56 Years Old In 2002 she again guested on a Scott Henderson album, providing lead vocals for two of the tracks on Well to the Bone.
2003 57 Years Old Upon returning to the U.S. Houston toured with Nile Rodgers and Chic, and was among the opening acts of the originally intended finale of Cher's Farewell Tour in Toronto on October 31, 2003. … Read More
2004 58 Years Old On September 20, 2004, Houston's rendition of "Don't Leave Me This Way" was inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame in New York City.


2007 61 Years Old 1 More Event
On August 14, 2007, Houston released her first studio album in seventeen years, A Woman's Touch. … Read More
2009 63 Years Old She sang "Don't Leave Me This Way" on American Idol on April 22, 2009, and on America's Got Talent on September 16, 2009. … Read More
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