BILLBOARD #1 HITS: #421: ” DON’T LEAVE ME THIS WAY”- THELMA HOUSTON – APRIL 23, 1977

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Billboard #1 Hits: #421: “Don’t Leave Me This Way”- Thelma Houston. April 23, 1977. #1 for 1 week in Billboard Hot 100.

  • Single: ” Don’t Leave Me This Way”- Thelma Houston
  • Record Company- Motown
  • Genre: Soul, Disco
  • Written by Kenneth Gamble, Leon Huff and Cary Gilbert
  • Time: 3:29
  • B-side:”Today Will Soon Be Tomorrow”
  • Album- Any Way You Like It
  • Grade: A
  • Peaked at #1 1 week in Billboard Hot 100. #5 in UK Singles Chart, #1 in Belgium.

“Don’t Leave Me This Way” was first released in 1975 by Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes with Teddy Pendergrass on lead vocals. Their version reached #3 on the disco charts. It wasn’t until a couple years later when Thelma Houston covered it -that it became a big crossover hit- #1 in both the pop and R&B singles charts. Originally Motown had assigned the song to go to Diana Ross, to be her follow up to “Love Hangover” but was re-assigned to Houston. It would be a career highlight for Houston who would only have one other Top 40 hit. She won the Grammy for Best Female R&B vocal. Thelma Houston no relation to Whitney.

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