Today in Music: 4/23/19

TODAY IN MUSIC: “Don’t Leave Me This Way” by Thelma Houston reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on April 23, 1977. Written by Kenneth Gamble, Leon Huff and Cary Gilbert, “Don’t Leave Me This Way” was originally recorded by Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes featuring Teddy Pendergrass in 1975, for their album Wake Up Everybody. In 1976, Motown Records planned to have Diana Ross record “Don’t Leave Me This Way” as the follow-up to her hit “Love Hangover” but the song was reassigned to Thelma Houston for her album Any Way You Like It. Houston’s recording became an international smash, also reaching number one on the Soul singles chart (for nine weeks!) and the Disco chart. In addition, Thelma Houston won the Grammy Award for Best R&B Vocal Performance, Female. In 1978, the song was included on the soundtrack for the film, “Looking for Mr. Goodbar”. The Britsih pop duo The Communards released a successful version of “Don’t Leave Me This Way” in 1986, hitting the top of the UK singles chart for four weeks. #dontleavemethisway #thelmahouston #kennethgamble #leonhuff #carygilbert #haroldmelvinandthebluenotes #teddypendergrass #wakeupeverybody #motown #dianaross #lovehangover #anywayyoulikeit #soulchart #discochart #disco #grammyawards #bestrandbvocalperformancefemale #billboardhot100 #uksingleschart #lookingformrgoodbar #thecommunards #tonyatlarge #eclectimaniacradioshow #todayinmusic #musichistory

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