Thelma Houston Rhythm and blues Artist

Thelma houston

Thelma Houston (née Jackson; born May 7, 1946, Leland, Mississippi) is an American singer-songwriter 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 1978 Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. Houston is the daughter of a cotton picking mother. She and her three sisters grew up primarily in Long Beach, California. After marrying and having two children, she joined the Art Reynolds Singers gospel group and was subsequently signed as a recording artist with Dunhill Records. She is not related to Whitney Houston. In 1969, Houston released her debut album, entitled Sunshower, produced by Jimmy Webb. In 1971 she signed with Motown Records but her early recordings with them were largely unsuccessful. Her most notable single during that period was "You've Been Doing Wrong for So Long" which peaked at #64 on the U.S. Billboard R&B chart in 1974. However Houston's vocal prowess on that track secured her a nomination for a Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. In 1973 Motown Productions announced a projected biopic of Dinah Washington which would star Houston;

Personal details

Date of birth
May 7th, 1946
United States of America
African American
Places lived
Los Angeles , California
pop. 3,884,307 (2013)
Long Beach , California
pop. 469,428 (2013)
Mississippi , United States of America
pop. 2,991,207 (2013)

Music albums

Album title Release date Release type Recording type Recording length Additional artists Contributors
Divas of Disco: Live
Dance music, Soul music, Contemporary R&B
February 26th, 2010
A Taste of Honey
A Woman's Touch
Adult contemporary music, Soul music, House music, Quiet Storm, Urban contemporary
August 14th, 2007 Album
Throw You Down
Quiet Storm, Dance music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues, Urban contemporary, Contemporary R&B
1991 Album
Qualifying Heat
Contemporary R&B, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues, Urban contemporary, Quiet Storm
1984 Album
Thelma Houston
Quiet Storm, Rhythm and blues, Urban contemporary, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B
1983 Album
Reachin' All Around
Disco, Rhythm and blues, Soul music
1982 Album
Never Gonna Be Another One
Rhythm and blues, Dance music, Dance-pop, Urban contemporary
1981 Album
Breakwater Cat
Dance-pop, Pop rock
1980 Album
Ride to the Rainbow
Quiet Storm, Disco, Rhythm and blues
1979 Album
Two to One
Rhythm and blues
Ready to Roll
Rhythm and blues
Thelma & Jerry
Rhythm and blues, Quiet Storm, Soul music
1977 Album
The Devil in Me
Disco, Rhythm and blues, Urban contemporary
1977 Album on gramophone record
Any Way You Like It
Rhythm and blues, Disco, Quiet Storm
1976 Album on gramophone record
I've Got the Music in Me
Rhythm and blues, Funk, Disco
1975 Album on gramophone record
Thelma Houston & Pressure Cooker
Pressure Cooker
Thelma Houston
Rhythm and blues
Pop music, Soul music
1969 Album

Movie performances

1. Beloved (1998)

Drama, History, Horror
played One of 'The Thirty Women' #21
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
28 Show list 2 Show list $53M

Beloved is a 1998 American horror drama film based on Toni Morrison's 1987 novel of the same name, directed by Jonathan Demme and starring Oprah Winfrey, Danny Glover, and Thandie Newton. The plot centers on a former slave after the American Civil War, her haunting by a poltergeist, and the visitation of her reincarnated daughter whom she murdered out of desperation to save her from a slave owner. Despite being a box office bomb, Beloved received an Academy Award nomination for Best Costume Design for Colleen Atwood, and both Danny Glover and Kimberly Elise received praise for their performances.


1999 Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Drama
1999 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture

Top cast

Slave Catcher
Paul D Garner
Angry Carny
Schoolteacher's Nephew #1
Mr. Bodwin
Barber Shop Man #4
Stamp Paid
Paul D Garner
Baby Suggs
Man with Rubbery Face
Lady Jones
M. Lucille Williams
Schoolteacher's Nephew #2
One of 'The Thirty Women' #24
One of 'The Thirty Women' #13
Carny Family Member
One of 'The Thirty Women' #11
One of 'The Thirty Women' #2
One of 'The Thirty Women' #1
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
Beloved: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
United States of America

Personal movie appearances

Title Year Appearance type Budget Awards Producers Directors Writers
The Secret Disco Revolution
2012 Him/Herself
Jamie Kastner
Jamie Kastner
Jamie Kastner

Guest TV appearances

American Bandstand

Program genre

Variety show
Talk show

External resources

American Bandstand is an American music-performance show that aired in various versions from 1952 to 1989 and was hosted from 1956 until its final season by Dick Clark, who also served as producer. The show featured teenagers dancing to Top 40 music introduced by Clark; at least one popular musical act—over the decades, running the gamut from Jerry Lee Lewis to Run DMC—would usually appear in person to lip-sync one of their latest singles. Freddy Boom Boom Cannon holds the record for most appearances at 110.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S22-E35 June 16th, 1979
S20-E28 April 2nd, 1977
S15-E17 January 29th, 1972

Cagney & Lacey

Program genre

Crime Fiction
Police procedural

External resources

Cagney & Lacey is an American television series that originally aired on the CBS television network for seven seasons from October 8, 1981 to May 16, 1988. A police procedural, the show stars Tyne Daly and Sharon Gless as New York City police detectives who lead very different lives: Christine Cagney was a single, career-minded woman, while Mary Beth Lacey was a married working mother. The series was set in a fictionalized version of Manhattan's 14th Precinct. The two main actresses combined to win the Emmy for Best Lead Actress in a Drama for six consecutive years, a winning streak unmatched in any major category by a show.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S05-E11 December 23rd, 1985

Hit Me, Baby, One More Time

Program genre

Reality television

External resources

Hit Me, Baby, One More Time was a 2005 television entertainment show first broadcast on the British television network ITV and later, as a new version, by NBC in the United States; both were presented by Vernon Kay. During each programme, five former pop stars sing their biggest hit along with a cover version of a contemporary hit. Each week one winner is picked from each show by a phone vote or a studio-audience vote, leading to the grand final when the overall winner can release a single featuring both songs or have $20,000 donated to a charity of their choice. The show's title comes from a line in the Britney Spears song ..Baby One More Time. The show proved to be a summer hit for NBC hitting the top spot in the ratings on its first outing. For the U.S.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S00-E04 June 23rd, 2005

Simon & Simon

Program genre

Crime Fiction

External resources

Simon & Simon is an American detective television series that originally ran from November 24, 1981 to January 21, 1989. The series was broadcast on CBS and starred Gerald McRaney and Jameson Parker as two brothers who run a private detective agency together.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S05-E15 January 30th, 1986

Soul Train

Program genre

Variety show

Official site

External resources

Soul Train is an American musical variety television program, which aired in syndication from 1971 until 2006. In its 35-year history, the show primarily featured performances by R&B, soul, and hip hop artists, although funk, jazz, disco, and gospel artists have also appeared. The series was created by Don Cornelius, who also served as its first host and executive producer.nProduction was suspended following the 2005–06 season, with a rerun package airing for two years subsequently.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S20-E10 November 24th, 1990
S14-E09 October 27th, 1984
S06-E26 February 12th, 1977
S06-E04 September 11th, 1976
S01-E10 December 4th, 1971

The Midnight Special

Program genre

Variety show

External resources

The Midnight Special is an American late-night musical variety series that aired on NBC during the 1970s and early 1980s, created and produced by Burt Sugarman. It premiered as a special on August 19, 1972, then began its run as a regular series on February 2, 1973; its last episode was on May 1, 1981. The ninety-minute program followed the Friday night edition of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.nLike its syndicated late-night cousin Don Kirshner's Rock Concert, the show typically featured guest hosts, except for a period from July 1975 through March 1976 when singer Helen Reddy served as the regular host. Wolfman Jack served as the announcer and frequent guest host.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S08-E19 March 7th, 1980
S07-E29 June 15th, 1979
S05-E31 May 27th, 1977
S05-E22 March 18th, 1977
S04-E32 June 18th, 1976

Where Are They Now?

Program genre

Documentary film
Biographical film

Official site

External resources

Where Are They Now? was a television series on VH1 that featured past celebrities and updated on their current professional and personal status. Each episode was dedicated to another genre.nThough not always in sequence, some episodes were a continuation of the motif of episodes from the past. Those episodes sometimes had Roman numerals in their title to signify their sequel status.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S00-E19 October 21st, 2002

Awards won

1977 Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance

Awarded for Presented by Discipline Award shared with
Don't Leave Me This Way Award-Winning Work


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