Friday, July 27, 2012

Friday Funday: Don't Leave Me This Way by Thelma Houston

The weekend is almost here, so The Lost Soul of Rock and Roll will give you a shot of energy every Friday Funday to get you to the end of your shift.

My first selection is Don't Leave me This Way by Thelma Houston. Yes, this is disco, but this is quite possibly the greatest song that the genre has or will ever produce. Motown recording artist, Thelma Houston, covered this Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes hit in 1976 and it became a major hit earning Thelma Houston the 1978 Grammy for Best female R&B Vocal Performance. During the 1980s and 1990s, 'Don't Leave Me This Way' was used by the gay male community to bring awareness concerning the significance of AIDS in the community. Thelma Houston continued to have some success on the charts following the success of 'Don't Leave Me This Way' and is still active in the music industry.   

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