Thelma Houston

American singer

Thelma Houston (born Thelma Jackson on May 7, 1946) is an American singer and actress. She had a #1 hit with her version of "Don't Leave Me This Way".[1] The song won the Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.

Thelma Houston
Houston in 2009
Houston in 2009
Background information
Birth nameThelma Jackson
Born (1946-05-07) May 7, 1946 (age 78)
Leland, Mississippi, United States
GenresR&B, soul, disco, Motown, gospel
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter, actress
Years active1966–present
LabelsDunhill, Motown, RCA, MCA, Reprise, Shout Factory

Houston made guest-star appearances, including Cagney & Lacey and Simon & Simon. She later acted in the movies Beloved and 54.

Houston was born in Leland, Mississippi.[2]


  1. "Thelma Houston". Cast Productions. Retrieved April 8, 2019.
  2. "Thelma Houston". All Music. Retrieved April 8, 2019.