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Thelma Houston

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Thelma Houston

Thelma Houston (née Jackson; born May 7, 1946, Leland, Mississippi) is an American singer and actress. She scored a number-one hit in 1977 with her cover version of the song "Don't Leave Me This Way", which won the Grammy for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.[1]


Q: Several artists have recorded versions of The Smiths or Morrissey. Have you had a chance to hear some? What is your opinion about them?
A: Of my solo songs, there are versions of Nancy Sinatra, David Bowie, Chrissie Hynde, Marianne Faithful and Thelma Houston. I kneel down every day and thank God, because it goes beyond my dreams. David Bowie took me one night to his studio in New York and played a version of one of my songs. I cried for a week. Of anything for what I have prayed in my life, I never imagined that I would be given so much

  • Thelma provided backing vocals for Bobby, Don't You Think They Know, released January 10, 2020.
  • Thelma played at the "Tour-end afterparty" after Morrissey's Hollywood Bowl concert on Oct. 26, 2019.[3]

External links


  1. Thelma Houston Wikipedia page. Wikipedia. Retrieved from
  2. Morrissey statement / San Diego date (May 22) - Morrissey-solo. Retrieved from
  3. Los Angeles CA - Hollywood Bowl (Oct. 26, 2019) post-show. Morrissey-solo. Retrieved from