Tag: Thelma Houston

Wednesday 6pm ET: Feature Artist – Thelma Houston


Thelma Houston (born May 7, 1946) is an American singer and actress. She scored a number-one hit in 1977 with her recording of “Don’t Leave Me This Way”, which won the Grammy for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.

In 2000, Houston toured successfully throughout Australia in the stage musical version of Fame. In 2002 she again guested on a Scott Henderson album, providing lead vocals for two of the tracks on Well to the Bone. 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. 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. 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.

On August 14, 2007, Houston released her first studio album in seventeen years, A Woman’s Touch. 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”. On August 20, 2007, Houston’s 1984 album Qualifying Heat was reissued as an import title in the U.S. with a bonus track.

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.

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.

On June 25, 2019, The New York Times Magazine listed Thelma Houston among hundreds of artists whose material was reportedly destroyed in the 2008 Universal fire.

She is featured on British singer songwriter Morrissey’s new single “Bobby Don’t you Think They Know”, released on streaming platforms on 10th January 2020 from his album I Am Not a Dog on a Chain.

Wednesday 4pm ET: Sounds of The 70s

This week on the Sounds of The 70s we feature music from: Led Zeppelin, Van Morrison, KC & The Sunshine Band, Bad Company, Aerosmith, Henry Gross, Doobie Brothers, Thelma Houston, Grass Roots and more. . . 

Saturday 7pm: Great Soul Performances with Bobby Jay

We’ve been having fabulous, unseasonably warm weather here on the east coast this week, so this evening on “Great Soul Performances,” I feel like dancing. Back to the Disco! We’ll be dancing to music from: Tavares, A Taste of Honey, Van McCoy, Vicki Sue Robinson, KC & the Sunshine Band, Thelma Houston, Frankie Smith, Diana Ross, Kool & the Gang and more. I want to see you in your best polyester and platform shoes at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT and 4PM PT. Then stick around because at 9PM ET, 8PM CT, 7PM MT & 6PM PT it’s “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” where we’ll boogie to songs from: Earth, Wind & Fire, Quincy Jones, the Jones Girls, Rick James & Teena Marie, Eddie Murphy, Chaka Khan, the O’Jays, Al B. Sure!, Anita Baker and several others. I’ll be looking for your face, in the place this evening for “Great Soul Performances” and “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” on RadioMaxMusic.Com. DISCO!

Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s with Bobby Jay (7p – 9p ET)

gsp-iPhone“Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” this evening, will feature music by: Thelma Houston, the Bar-Kays, Richard “Dimples” Fields, Shalamar, Run D.M.C., Anita Baker, Philip Bailey, the Jones Girls, Oran “Juice” Jones, Roy Ayers, Sharon Redd and several others. The show airs at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT and 4PM PT. I’m enjoying these record breaking warm temperatures here on the east coast and hope that the weather is fine where you are, and that you’ll join me later for “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s,” here on RadioMaxMusic.Com.

Great Soul Performances with Bobby Jay 7pm ET

DiscoHopefully the bitter winter season is finally going to be behind us, and that makes me wanna dance. I was a fan of “Disco.” So, starting today, and going forward throughout the rest of the year on “Great Soul Performances,” we’ll take some time out to salute that era that people either loved or hated.

I’m sure that all over the country many cities had their favorite discos, but for me, being a Native New Yorker, I’ll never forget hanging out and dancing in places like “Xenon” on West 43rd Street, the “Cheetah” on 52nd Street, the “Electric Circus” on St. Mark’s Place in the East Village, “Trude Heller’s” aka “Trude Heller’s Trick” at 418 6th Avenue at 9th Street, “Fantasy East” in the Wakefield section of the Bronx, “Two Different Worlds” in Woodside Queens and of course the “disco of discos,” “Studio 54” on 54th Street between Broadway and 8th Avenue.

Cynthia and I went there often and we were there the night Frankie Crocker rode in on a white stallion. Memories none of us will ever forget. So you see where I’m going here. I’ve polished up the old Disco Ball, put on my platform shoes and my bell bottom pants and we are going to get down. All your favorite disco artists will be on board like: Donna Summer, the Village People, Chic, Amii Stewart, the Bee Gees, Thelma Houston, the Trammps, Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, Rick James and all the rest.

Our disco opens at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT and 4PM PT. Naturally, we kick it off after the encore of this past Sunday’s “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80’s” at 5PM eastern time. It’s gonna be a “Disco Inferno” this evening on “Great Soul Performances” on RadioMaxMusic.com. BTW, don’t forget to move your clocks ahead one hour at 2AM eastern as we usher in what we used to call “Daylight Savings Time” as hope springs eternal. Pun intended. See Ya Later ‘Gator!

Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s with Bobby Jay 5pm ET #gsp

GSP2Good Sunday to one and all. This afternoon we’ll air the first “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80’s” from the home studio, back from the “Big E.” On the playlist: Cheryl Lynn, Odyssey, the Gap Band, Kashif, Atlantic Starr, the Bar-Kays, Thelma Houston, the Brothers Johnson, Quincy Jones, Fonda Rae and more. It happens at 5PM ET, 4PM CT, 3PM MT & 2PM PT. Looking to see you later this afternoon for “G.S.P. 2: The 80’s” on RadioMaxMusic.com.

Great Soul Performances with Bobby Jay 7pm ET #gsp

BobbyJayThis evening on “Great Soul Performances” I’ve got some good stuff for you by artists like: Earth, Wind & Fire with the Emotions, Quincy Jones, Peaches & Herb, Thelma Houston, the Mad Lads, Arthur Conley, Little Anthony & the Imperials, M.F.S.B., the Fascinations, Ike & Tina Turner’s Ikettes “live in concert” at Carnegie Hall and a whole lot more. Next week being the “Forth of July” weekend, on the show we’ll feature the year 1965 with great music and a look back on what was going on in ’65. So it’s all good on “Great Soul Performances” right here on RadioMaxMusic.com. See Ya Later Gator! — Bobby Jay