Thelma Houston & Gloria Gaynor

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Thelma Houston is an American singer and actress. She scored a number-one hit in 1977 with her recording of “Don’t Leave Me This Way”, which won the Grammy for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.

“Don’t Leave Me This Way”

Houston in 1977.

Houston released her third solo album Any Way You Like It in 1976.[1] The first single released was her version of Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes‘ 1975 song “Don’t Leave Me This Way“.[1] In February 1977 the track hit Number 1 in the U.S. on the R&B and Club Play Singles charts, then in April 1977 on the Billboard Hot 100. “Don’t Leave Me This Way” won Houston the Best Female R&B Vocal Performance at the Grammys for 1977. Besides its US success “Don’t Leave Me This Way” became a hit in at least twelve countries, including the UK where it reached Number 13 despite the concurrent single release of the Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes original, which reached Number 5. Also in 1977 Houston teamed up with Jerry Butler to record the album Thelma & Jerryand that November 1977 she co-starred in the film Game Show Models. It was announced in February 1977 that Houston would star as Bessie Smith in a filmation of the play Me and Bessie, to be produced by Motown; after an announcement that December that Houston was set to portray Bessie Smith in a biopic to be produced in 1978 by Columbia Pictures nothing more was heard of the project.

Thelma Houston On Her Motown Memories

The second single from Any Way You Like It was Houston’s rendition of “If It’s the Last Thing I Do”, a standard written by Saul Chaplin and Sammy Cahn; the track had been recorded and prepped for single release in 1973 but canceled. The impact of “If It’s the Last Thing I Do” was far less than that of “Don’t Leave Me This Way”, as the former fell short of both the R&B Top Ten and the Pop Top 40. With the lead single from her 1978 album The Devil in Me: “I’m Here Again”, Houston returned to the style of “Don’t Leave Me This Way” without recapturing the earlier single’s success. Houston did enjoy considerable commercial success in 1978 via the inclusion of her track “Love Masterpiece” on the Thank God It’s Friday soundtrack album which sold double platinum but her own album release that year Ready to Roll again failing to consolidate the stardom augured by “Don’t Leave Me This Way”. The album’s second single: “Saturday Night, Sunday Morning”, gradually accrued airplay entering the national charts in March 1979 and ascending as high as #34 (#19 R&B) that June. “Saturday Night, Sunday Morning” was issued on a new album by Houston: Ride to the Rainbow but the track’s relative success was not enough to forestall Houston’s planned departure from Motown.[1]
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Gloria Gaynor ~ Never Can Say Goodbye 1974 Disco Purrfection Version

Gloria Gaynor released two albums Glorious and Gloria Gaynor’s Park Avenue Sound, but would only enjoy a few more moderate hits. However, in late 1978, with the release of her album Love Tracks, she climbed the pop charts again with her smash hit single “I Will Survive“. The lyrics of this song are written from the point of view of a woman, recently dumped, telling her former lover that she can cope without him and does not want anything more to do with him. The song has become something of an anthem of female emancipation. Originally, “I Will Survive” was a B-side when Polydor Records released it in late 1978. The A-side, a song called “Substitute”, then a recent worldwide hit for South African girl-group Clout, was considered more “radio friendly”.

Gloria Gaynor – Reach Out (I’ll Be There) [Extended] 1975

Boston disco radio DJ Jack King turned the record over and recalls being stunned by what he heard: “I couldn’t believe they were burying this monster hit on the B-side”, stated King. “I played it and played it and my listeners went nuts!”. The massive audience response forced the record company to flip the songs, so that subsequent copies of the single listed the more popular song on the A-side. King was honored at New York’s “Disco Masters Awards Show” for three consecutive years (1979–1981) in recognition of his relentless push of the song. The song received a Grammy Award for Best Disco Recording in 1980, the only year that award was given (Gloria had to wait another 40 years for her second Grammy, in the Grammy Award for Best Roots Gospel Album category). It is ranked No. 492 on Rolling Stone magazine‘s list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time”, and ranked at No. 97 on Billboard magazine‘s “All-Time Hot 100”. In 2000, the song was ranked No. 1 in VH1‘s list of the “100 Greatest Dance Songs of All Time” and remains there to this day.

Gloria Gaynor – I Will Survive (Live From Her Majesty’s, 13.10.1985)

As a disco number, the song was unique for its time by virtue of Gaynor’s having no background singers or lush production. And, unlike her first disco hits, the track was not pitched up to make it faster and to render Gaynor’s recorded voice in a higher register than that in which she actually sang. Most disco hits at the time were heavily produced, with multiple voices, orchestrations, overdubs, and adjustments to pitch and speed.[citation needed] “I Will Survive” had a much more spare and “clean” sound. Had it been originally planned and released as an A-side, it would almost certainly have undergone a substantially more heavy-handed remix.[citation needed] In late 1979, she released the album I Have a Right which contained her next disco hit, “Let Me Know (I Have a Right)”, which featured Doc Severinsen of The Tonight Show fame, playing a trumpet solo. Gaynor also recorded a disco song called “Love Is Just a Heartbeat Away” in 1979 for the cult vampire film Nocturna: Granddaughter of Dracula, which featured a number of disco songs.

I Will Survive · Gloria Gaynor

At first I was afraid, I was petrified
Kept thinking I could never live without you by my side
But then I spent so many nights thinking how you did me wrong
And I grew strong
And I learned how to get along
And so you’re back
From outer space
I just walked in to find you here with that sad look upon your face
I should have changed that stupid lock, I should have made you leave your key
If I’d known for just one second you’d be back to bother me

Go on now, go, walk out the door
Just turn around now
‘Cause you’re not welcome anymore
Weren’t you the one who tried to hurt me with goodbye?
You think I’d crumble?
You think I’d lay down and die?

Oh no, not I, I will survive
Oh, as long as I know how to love, I know I’ll stay alive
I’ve got all my life to live
And I’ve got all my love to give and I’ll survive
I will survive, hey, hey


It took all the strength I had not to fall apart
Kept trying hard to mend the pieces of my broken heart
And I spent oh-so many nights just feeling sorry for myself
I used to cry
But now I hold my head up high and you see me
Somebody new
I’m not that chained-up little person still in love with you
And so you felt like dropping in and just expect me to be free
Well, now I’m saving all my lovin’ for someone who’s loving me
Go on now, go, walk out the door
Just turn around now
‘Cause you’re not welcome anymore
Weren’t you the one who tried to break me with goodbye?
You think I’d crumble?
You think I’d lay down and die?


Oh no, not I, I will survive
Oh, as long as I know how to love, I know I’ll stay alive
I’ve got all my life to live
And I’ve got all my love to give and I’ll survive
I will survive
Oh

Go on now, go, walk out the door
Just turn around now
‘Cause you’re not welcome anymore
Weren’t you the one who tried to break me with goodbye?
You think I’d crumble?
You think I’d lay down and die?
Oh no, not I, I will survive
Oh, as long as I know how to love, I know I’ll stay alive
I’ve got all my life to live
And I’ve got all my love to give and I’ll survive
I will survive
I will survive


Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Dino Fekaris / Frederick J. Perren
I Will Survive lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

I Am What I Am (Long Version)

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