Thelma Houston was an American singer signed to Motown in the 1970s.
She grew up in California and joined a local gospel group, before signing as a solo artist with Dunhill Records, and there releasing her debut album. Thelma then signed with Motown (initally with MoWest) in 1971.
Her early 1970s recordings for the label proved commercially unsuccessful, but she would go on to score a massive hit with her cover of the Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes’ song “Don’t Leave Me This Way” in 1976. She was also a talented actress, appearing in various TV shows and films (and even put forward for a few major biopics that never materialised). She continued to record for Motown, although she could never quite recreate the success of her signature song, and left in 1979.
Signing with RCA and then MCA, Thelma continued recording into the 1980s and into the 1990s, with several R&B hits.
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