West Hollywood Mayor John Erickson and Vice Mayor Chelsea Buyers honored singer Thelma Houston with a re-declaration of January 29 as Thelma Houston Day. The presentation took place at The Wild WeHo in the heart of WeHo’s Rainbow District before she was set to sing later in the evening.
The City of West Hollywood recognized Ms. Houston for her music career which began in the 1960s and continues to this day with her hits “You’ve Been Doing Wrong for So Long,” “You Used to Hold Me So Tight,” and “Don’t Leave Me This Way” which became a hit Number 1 hit on the R&B and Club Play Singles charts.
The Proclamation acknowledged Ms. Houston for her Grammy win for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for her song “Don’t Leave Me This Way” released in 1977. In 2004, Ms. Houston’s rendition of “Don’t Leave Me This Way” was inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame. She also had a successful career in film and television, whether on the screen or in the recording studio.
Ms. Houston was also recognized for raising awareness for causes that are important to her. In 1994 she sang with the “Sisters of Glory” at an AIDS Benefit in New York. In 2021, she performed at a virtual benefit concert to support Project Angel Food in their important mission to deliver medically tailored meals and nutritional counseling services to those in need during the pandemic.
“In recognition of Ms. Houston’s invaluable contributions and achievements, we hereby designate January 29, 2024, as “Thelma Houston Day” in West Hollywood,” concludes the Proclamation. “Therefore let it be resolved that the City Council of the City of West Hollwood hereby recognizes Thelma Houston for the many contributions she has made through her art, creativity, and advocacy work.”
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West Hollywood Mayor John Erickson and Vice Mayor Chelsea Byers present singer Thelma Houston with a Proclamation recognizing Thelma Houston Day in @City of West Hollywood. #wehotimes #weho #wehonews #westhollywood #wehocity #thelmahouston @John M. Erickson @Chelsea Byers
In 2003, the City of West Hollywood proclaimed January 29 as “Thelma Houston Day.” To celebrate this occasion, THE WILD WeHo, at 8945 Santa Monica Boulevard, hosted a special event with an appearance and live performance of “Don’t Leave Me this Way”.
“Thank you so much,” Ms. Houston told the Mayor and Vice Mayor. “When I want to have a great time, this is where I come. I’ve been kind of celebrating… by going to dinner and then going up and down the Boulevard. We have drinks and then we end up at The Abbey and dance.”
To see what Thelma Houston is up to, visit her website at: https://www.thelmahouston.com/