Most Wanted! Thelma Houston – I’m Here Again (Motown)
The opening track to her ‘The Devil In Me’ album released back in 1977. It just sounds like bringing Thelma Houston back to where she left the year before with the anthemic ‘Don’t Leave Me This Way’.
Not as famous as its predecessor although in a quite similar vein. Eventually reminding of Diana Ross‘s ‘Love Hangover’ too. It received production work by the likes of Mike & Brenda Sutton who would make their debut under their own banner 5 years after on SAM Records. Remember ‘We’ll Make It’?
Regardless her undeniable talent, Thelma Houston stands among those artists whose image has been mainly associated with one hit. In other words, her cover version of Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes‘ ‘Don’t Leave Me This Way’. A song which got her to win the Grammy for “Best Female R&B Vocal Performance” back in 1977.
She eventually returned to the style of the latter the following year, most likely on the leading track to her ‘The Devil In Me’ album. But despite its undeniable beauty, ‘I’m Here Again’ never got the recognition it deserved.
Houston would nevertheless enjoy moderate success with producers Jam & Lewis on the boiling ‘You Used To Hold Me So Tight’ by the middle of 1984. (*) A song which peaked at number 7 on the Hot Dance Club Play chart, although it missed the Billboard Hot 100 (* Wikipedia).
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