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Published on Dec 30, 2012
A rarity in this form, but the radio version of this song is very well known and loved. A Grammy winning recording and a chart topping sensation, 'Don't Leave Me This Way' by Thelma Houston was one of 1977's biggest hits. The original album version is the one posted here, and it gives me great pleasure to create a clip for the 5.40 duration mix of the disco track. An extra two minutes of the song to love, this song has been an enduring favourite of mine - just as wonderful today as it was 36 years ago! Many other artists have memorialised this Motown song, but arguably Thelma's is the finest.
Winning the Grammy for Best R&B Female Vocal Performance in 1977, 'Don't Leave Me This Way' topped the American charts, while topping several states here in Oz, it managed a #6 national spot on the Top 40, and was selling for more than 5 months. Interestingly, the original version by Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, although recorded two years earlier, beat Thelma's version into the British charts by 4 weeks, and achieved a Top 5, while her version stalled at #13. In Australia, the reverse order occurred, and the 1975 track could only manage to climb to #78 nationally.