Is there a better way to start the weekend than with this divine diva? How was anyone to know when Thelma Houston covered a song originally performed by Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, she would be making history? That is what happened when, in 1976, she released Don't Leave Me This Way. Her rich, soulful tone was a perfect match for the song. In February 1977, the track went to #1 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and R&B charts. It also garnered her a Grammy for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance in 1977.
Houston also had a song in the soundtrack for the successful movie, Thank God It's Friday. In 1978, Thelma's Love Masterpiece got some radio play, but failed to chart significantly.
It seemed to be the case for her career, never quite getting back to the success of Don't Leave Me This Way. For more about the woman and her music, check out her official website here.