Thelma Houston
American singer and actor
Thelma Houston
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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PHOTOS: Equality California Honors Sen. Dianne Feinstein in San Francisco
Queerty - almost 5 years
When it comes to politicians who have stepped up in the fight for LGBT equality, Senator Dianne Feinstein (above) is at the top of the list. Her long work for the community dates back to her work alongside city supervisor Harvey Milk before his assassination and more recently sponsoring a dozen private bills blocking the deportation of bi-national couples in the state, as well as her support for the proposed Respect for Marriage Act, which would repeal DOMA. On Saturday, Equality California (EQCA) awarded Feinstein the Equality Leadership Award at the 2012 San Francisco Equality Awards at the Fairmont Hotel, hosted by actor Wilson Cruz and featuring a performance by the legendary Thelma Houston. JC Penney, which stood by spokesperson Ellen DeGeneres when One Million Moms called for a boycott, was given the 2012 Corporate Responsibility Act, while San Francisco physician Dr. Royce Lin received the inaugural State Farm Good Neighbor Award. Click through for more photos from the 201 ...
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Oakland Shows Its Pride Sunday - KTVU San Francisco
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Top line entertainment on the Pride Stage includes appearances by famed San Francisco DJ David Harness, soul vocalists Jennifer Holliday and Thelma Houston as well as the new funk group Freak Genius featuring sometimes Roots member Martin Luther and
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Weekender: The Top Things to Do Over the Next Three Days in the East Bay - East Bay Express
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Though it's similar in scope and scale to last year's event — featuring a similarly varied musical bill, with singer and Dreamgirls star Jennifer Holliday, soul diva Thelma Houston, locals LaToya London and Martin Luther, and a host of other
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Oakland Pride Seeks Volunteers For Sunday September 4th - San Francisco Chronicle (blog)
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LaToya London (American Idol and Broadway/R/B singer), Thelma Houston (disco diva), local r/b artist Martin Luther, LA's Sy Smith, DJ David Harness, DJ Olga T, the People's Party DJs, and DJ Pornstar are performing/spinning
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The Black Cat Cabaret: fast, cirque-style entertainment - Santa Rosa Press Democrat
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The show stars world-class singer, songwriter and actress Thelma Houston, who won the 1978 Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance with her cover version of “Don't Leave Me This Way.” Also featured will be amazing aerial performances,
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Leroy Bell and his only friends are the stars of tonight's concert at Hiawatha - Westseattleherald.com
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The band around Bell features Terry Morgan on bass who has played with Dee Daniels, Pat Wright & The Total Experience Gospel Choir, Dave Lewis, Thelma Houston and others. The mighty force on drums features Davis Martin, formerly of the band, Maktub
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Sound event to benefit those suffering from scoliosis - Wilkes Barre Times-Leader
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The tunes carefully crafted by American songwriter Jimmy Webb have fallen from the lips and instruments of some of music's greatest acts: Frank Sinatra, Thelma Houston, Art Garfunkel and Joe Cocker, to name a few. Webb is bringing his songs,
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'Queen of banda' inducted into Poly Walk of Fame - 89.3 KPCC
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The Councilman has so far inducted former NFL player Willie Brown, former international tennis player Billie Jean King, former Long Beach mayor Beverly O'Neill, and Grammy Award-winning singer Thelma Houston to the Walk of Fame. But as Andrews noted,
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Ace Of Base and Dragonette Close 2011 Outgames in Vancouver - RockStar Weekly
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She has shared the stage with Jennifer Holliday, Thelma Houston, Martha Wash, Sandra Bernhard and Alan Cumming to name a few TRACEY BELL - Award winning performer becomes 8 divas in 44 minutes. Tracey has guest starred on the X-files as Cher and
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Sarah Jane Morris sotto il Cielo di Parma - ParmaDaily.it
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Fra pop, blues, soul, funk, le hit della sua carriera, come Me and Mrs Jones, nella ormai celebre versione bossa nova di Marc Ribot, o il remake del successo di Thelma Houston Don't Leave Me This Way. Dal pop dei Communards al repertorio di Brecht e
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Poly Walk Of Fame Opens With Quartet Of Jackrabbit Stars - Gazette Newspapers
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On Saturday morning, that dream became a reality as Andrews and the school unveiled four stars honoring former mayor Beverly O'Neill, all-star running back Willie Brown, tennis icon Billie Jean King, and Grammy Award-winning singer Thelma Houston
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Three shows added to fall lineup at Spotlight 29 - The Desert Sun
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On Oct. 15, the Disco Divas show will feature Gloria Gaynor (“I Will Survive”); Thelma Houston, (“Don't Leave Me This Way”); Anita Ward (“Ring My Bell”) and Evelyn “Champagne” King (“Shame”). Tickets are $25, $35 and $45. Bill Engvall, best known for
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Famous Poly Alumni to be Feted at Inaugural Poly Walk of Fame Event - LBPOST.com
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Among those to be honored are international tennis champion Billie Jean King, Grammy Award winner Thelma Houston, former NFL player Willie Brown and former Long Beach Mayor Beverly O'Neill. “These honorees have excelled throughout their careers in
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Poly High Opens Walk Of Fame Saturday - Gazette Newspapers
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Four alums will be recognized on Saturday: Former international tennis great Billie Jean King, former Long Beach mayor Beverly O'Neill, Grammy Award-winning singer Thelma Houston and former NFL player Willie Brown. Grammy-nominated Latin recording
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RI Pride Celebrates 35 th Anniversary - Rainbow Times
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This year's headliner was legendary disco diva Thelma Houston who sang her hits including “Don't Leave Me This Way” and a slew of 60s soul classics. Pride also featured special performances from the King and Queen of Pride, Miss Gay RI Victoria Star,
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Around the Remote: 'Falling Skies' - San Jose Mercury News
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But the real highlight could be the cast's campy musical take on Thelma Houston's "Don't Leave Me This Way." 9 pm, Lifetime. for the 2011 Miss USA Pageant. We just hope the winner actually can speak in complete sentences. 9 pm, NBC
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Thelma Houston
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2009
    Age 62
    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.
    More Details Hide Details On July 29, 2013, a collaboration between Thelma and Los Angeles-based producer Janitor, entitled "Enemy", premiered on SoundCloud. Several tracks followed, culminating in the release of an EP, "Forty-Two", in September. This is the first new material from Thelma Houston in six years. Dunhill release MoWest release Sheffield Lab release Tamla (Motown) releases Motown releases RCA releases MCA releases Reprise release Italian-only release (Fonit Cetra CDL378) Shout Factory release Other
  • 2007
    Age 60
    On August 20, 2007, Houston's 1984 album Qualifying Heat was reissued as an import title in the U.S. with a bonus track.
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    On August 14, 2007, Houston released her first studio album in seventeen years, A Woman's Touch.
    More Details Hide Details The album was produced by Peitor Angell and features cover versions of songs by male artists such as Luther Vandross, Marvin Gaye, and Sting that Houston had been inspired by. The first single from the album was "Brand New Day".
  • FIFTIES
  • 2004
    Age 57
    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.
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  • 2003
    Age 56
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Houston regularly performs at Teatro ZinZanni in Seattle and San Francisco. Her version of "Don't Leave Me This Way" continues to be popular today. In recent years she has been invited to sing this song on dozens of TV shows and specials including NBC's Today Show, ABC's Motown 45 and The Disco Ball A 30-Year Celebration, and PBS' specials American Soundtrack: Rhythm, Love and Soul, Soul Superstars, and Old School Superstars. "Don't Leave Me This Way" was mentioned by VH1 as being among the greatest dance songs in 2000, and was ranked number eighty-six on the channel's countdown of The 100 Greatest One-Hit Wonders. She won an episode of the NBC show Hit Me, Baby, One More Time with her renditions of her own hit and "Fallin'" by Alicia Keys.
  • 2002
    Age 55
    In 2002 she again guested on a Scott Henderson album, providing lead vocals for two of the tracks on Well to the Bone.
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  • 2000
    Age 53
    In 2000, Houston toured successfully throughout Australia in the stage musical version of Fame.
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  • 1997
    Age 50
    Houston provided lead vocals on several tracks of guitarist Scott Henderson's 1997 Atlantic album, Tore Down House, and in 1998 she made cameo appearances in two films: in 54 Houston portrayed herself singing "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" supposedly at Studio 54, and in Beloved Houston played 'One of The Thirty Women'.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1995
    Age 48
    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.
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  • 1994
    Age 47
    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".
    More Details Hide Details Intended as a one-off performance troupe, the Sisters of Glory remained together - with the addition of Mavis Staples and Lois Walden, and without Chaka Khan - to perform at Woodstock '94.
  • 1990
    Age 43
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The title song reached #5 on the U.S. dance chart. A remix of "Don't Leave Me This Way" was released, and once again charted on the Hot Dance Club Play chart at #19 in 1995. Subsequent singles include "I Need Somebody Tonight" and "All of That".
  • 1989
    Age 42
    Houston also co-wrote and sang back-up on the song "Be Yourself" for Patti LaBelle's 1989 album of the same title.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1985
    Age 38
    Houston continued to contribute to movie soundtracks, recording "Keep It Light" for the 1985 film Into the Night and she remade Bill Withers' "Lean on Me" for the 1989 film entitled Lean on Me.
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    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.
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  • 1979
    Age 32
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Houston also appeared in the 1987 CBS after school special Little Miss Perfect (1987) - as "Prison Singer" - in the 1988 film And God Created Woman.
  • 1978
    Age 31
    Houston did enjoy considerable commercial success in 1978 via the inclusion of her track "Love Masterpiece" on the Thank God It's Friday soundtrack album which sold double platinum but her own album release that year Ready to Roll again failing to consolidate the stardom augured by "Don't Leave Me This Way".
    More Details Hide Details The album's second single: "Saturday Night, Sunday Morning", gradually accrued airplay entering the national charts in March 1979 and ascending as high as #34 (#19 R&B) that June. "Saturday Night, Sunday Morning" was issued on a new album by Houston: Ride to the Rainbow but the track's relative success was not enough to forestall Houston's planned departure from Motown. Houston continued recording music into the 1980s, beginning with the RCA release Breakwater Cat which reunited her with Jimmy Webb who produced her debut single Sunshower and which like their earlier collaboration was a commercially overlooked critical success. During the December 22, 1984 Billboard magazine interview, Houston admitted to "'no real commercial success' since the single 'Don't Leave Me This Way' broke on the Pop charts in late 1976" indicating that the disco backlash had left her with "no real base of audience support" and that her current album Qualifying Heat, executive produced by Houston herself, was a concentrated initiative to restore her as a viable chart presence; the album featured three cuts from Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis - including the single "You Used to Hold Me So Tight" - and production work from Glen Ballard, Dennis Lambert, Cliff Magness and - in his first known recording work - Lenny Kravitz (then billed as Romeo Blue), who each produced a cut apiece. "You Use to Hold Me So Tight" became Houston's most successful post-1970s release with a #13 R&B peak, but its parent album was a comparative failure - charting #41 R&B - and Houston would not cut another album for six years.
    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.
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  • 1977
    Age 30
    It was announced in February 1977 that Houston would star as Bessie Smith in a filmation of the play Me and Bessie, to be produced by Motown; after an announcement that December that Houston was set to portray Bessie Smith in a biopic to be produced in 1978 by Columbia Pictures nothing more was heard of the project.
    More Details Hide Details The second single from Any Way You Like It was Houston's rendition of "If It's the Last Thing I Do", a standard written by Saul Chaplin and Sammy Cahn; the track had been recorded and prepped for single release in 1973 but canceled. The impact of "If It's the Last Thing I Do" was far less than that of "Don't Leave Me This Way", as the former fell short of both the R&B Top Ten and the Pop Top 40.
    Also in 1977 Houston teamed up with Jerry Butler to record the album Thelma & Jerry and that November 1977 she co-starred in the film Game Show Models.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details Houston was born in Leland, Mississippi. She is the daughter of a cotton picking mother. She and her three sisters grew up primarily in Long Beach, California. After marrying and having two children, she joined the Art Reynolds Singers gospel group and was subsequently signed as a recording artist with Dunhill Records. She is not related to Whitney Houston.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1976
    Age 29
    Houston released her third album Any Way You Like It in 1976.
    More Details Hide Details The first single released was her version of Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes' 1975 song "Don't Leave Me This Way". In February 1977 the track hit Number 1 in the U.S. on the R&B and Club Play Singles charts, then in April 1977 on the Billboard Hot 100. "Don't Leave Me This Way" won Houston the Best Female R&B Vocal Performance at the Grammys for 1977. Besides its US success "Don't Leave Me This Way" became a hit in at least twelve countries, including the UK where it reached Number 13 despite the concurrent single release of the Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes original, which reached Number 5.
    In 1976 Houston sang backing vocals for Motown labelmate Jermaine Jackson on his album My Name Is Jermaine.
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  • 1975
    Age 28
    In 1975 Houston appeared on the Golden Globe Award broadcast performing the nominated song "On & On" and also was featured in a tribute to Berry Gordy on that year's American Music Award broadcast singing "You've Made Me So Very Happy".
    More Details Hide Details That year Houston's version of "Do You Know Where You're Going To" was being set for single release when it was pulled and the song given to Diana Ross to serve as the theme song for the movie Mahogany.
    Houston took acting classes and received her first role in the 1975 made-for-television film Death Scream.
    More Details Hide Details In that same year Sheffield Lab released "I've Got the Music in Me" a Direct to disc recording by Thelma Houston and Pressure Cooker that went on to become a benchmark vinyl recording for audiophiles. The following year she recorded songs for the soundtrack of the film The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings starring Billy Dee Williams and James Earl Jones.
  • 1974
    Age 27
    In April 1974 Houston joined the cast of The Marty Feldman Comedy Machine, playing various characters during the show's skits.
    More Details Hide Details The show was canceled in August and for the next several years her work was limited to demo recordings and performing at small venues.
  • 1973
    Age 26
    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.
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  • 1971
    Age 24
    In 1971 she signed with Motown Records but her early recordings with them were largely unsuccessful.
    More Details Hide Details Her most notable single during that period was "You've Been Doing Wrong for So Long" which peaked at #64 on the U.S. Billboard R&B chart in 1974. However Houston's vocal prowess on that track secured her a nomination for a Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.
  • 1969
    Age 22
    In 1969, Houston released her debut album, entitled Sunshower, produced, arranged and composed by Jimmy Webb except for one track.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1946
    Born
    Born on May 7, 1946.
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