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    THE WILD to Host Thelma Houston Day in West Hollywood with Live Performance

    In 2003, the City of West Hollywood proclaimed January 29 as “Thelma Houston Day.” To celebrate the 25th anniversary of this occasion, THE WILD WeHo, at 8945 Santa Monica Boulevard, is hosting a special event with an appearance and live performance of “Don’t Leave Me this Way” by Thelma Houston. The event will take place from 7pm to 12am on Monday, January 29. West Hollywood Mayor John Erickson will present the singer with a proclamation.

    Hailing from Mississippi, Thelma Houston is a devoted music pioneer and philanthropist whose journey began in the 1960s, harmonizing gospel tunes with the Art Reynolds Singers. In 1967, she inked a deal with Capitol Records (renowned home to icons like the Beatles, Nat King Cole, and Nancy Wilson), scoring her inaugural hit, “Baby Mine.” Her solo debut album, “Sunshower,” under ABC Dunhill in 1969, crafted by the illustrious Jimmy Webb, marked a significant milestone.

    Transitioning to Motown Records after her acclaimed debut, Houston broke barriers by dominating the pop, R&B, and dance charts with her rendition of “Don’t Leave Me This Way.” This Gold Record gem earned her the honor of becoming Motown’s first solo female artist to nab the GRAMMY Award for “Best R&B Female Vocal Performance.”

    In early 2020, Houston’s collaboration with Morrissey on “Bobby, Don’t You Think They Know” and her dance anthem “Turn Your World Around” (Radikal Records) with Bimbo Jones soared to No. 7 on the Billboard Dance Charts. Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, she reunited with Jimmy Webb for “Someone is Standing Outside.” Notable recent performances include electrifying sets at CBS’s Motown 60: A GRAMMY Celebration and BET’s DJ Cassidy’s Pass the Mic.

    Houston’s magnetic stage presence and storytelling prowess continue to captivate audiences worldwide, from Tokyo to Las Vegas to London and beyond, inspiring budding artists with her vocal finesse, wit, and collaborative spirit.

    Beyond her musical endeavors, Houston is revered for her philanthropic endeavors, particularly in the fight against AIDS. Her contributions to causes like Divine Design for Project Angel Food, AIDS Project Los Angeles, and the Minority AIDS Project, including her generous donation of $20,000 from the TV show Hit Me Baby, exemplify her commitment. A staunch supporter of the NAACP and the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), Houston’s impact extends far beyond the stage.

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    Mike Pingel has written six books, Channel Surfing: Charlie’s Angels & Angelic Heaven: A Fan’s Guide to Charlie’s Angels, Channel Surfing: Wonder Woman, The Brady Bunch: Super Groovy after all these years; Works of Pingel and most recently, Betty White: Rules the World. Pingel owns and runs CharliesAngels.com website and was Farrah Fawcett personal assistant. He also works as an actor and as a freelance publicist. His official website is www.mikepingel.com
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