Thelma Houston : Don't Leave Me This Way
On December 18, 1976 Thelma Houston's disco-fueled cover of Harold Melvin and the BlueNotes's single "Don't Leave Me This Way" entered the Hot 100 at #85. It would take 18 weeks, but the tune would top the charts in April 23, 1977. A divorced mother of two teenagers, Houston hadn't had many breaks in her long music career. She had recorded "Do You Know Where You're Going To ( Theme from "Mahogany") three years before Diana Ross, but it was only released in New Zealand!
Sometimes good things come to those who keep at it. Thanks to "Don't Leave Me This Way", Thelma Houston won Best Female R and B Vocal Performance at the Grammys. By the way, that's Henry E Davis of L.T.D. on bass. He would have something to celebrate in 1977 as well: a #1 R and B hit called "(Every Time I Turn Around) Back in Love Again".