Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Saturday Night with Disco Diva Thelma Houston

We spent the weekend in St. Louis for Pridefest and had a blast! The first thing we did was enjoy a free concert Saturday evening at Tower Grove Park by none other than Thelma Houston. It was so hot, with a heat index of over 100 degrees, but Miss Houston gave a exciting once in a lifetime performance. She sang some tribute songs in memory of Michael Jackson, and several oldies but goodies. I took several photos and here's a couple of my favorites.

Ron and I were right up by the stage, so close that we could make eye contact with her. I love being up close and personal and all the fans were singing along and dancing. I couldn't help but over hear a group of young people asking each other, "Who is that up there?" At least six people said, "I don't know." So, I got right up in the middle of them and say, "y'all don't know who she is?" And they all said, "uh uh, nope," and shook their heads in confusion. I told them, "that is Thelma Houston!" Then I was asked, "Thelma WHO?" "Thelma HOUSTON," I yelled! They shrugged their shoulders, still not knowing who she was!

Of course, she saved her 1978 grammy award winning song for last. Then the crowd erupted in cheering, dancing and we all sang along, and I noticed those younger people saying, "oh yeah, I know that song!" Miss Houston is 66 years old now and she can still put on a great show. And for all you young people that wonder what the hit song was, I am embedding a YouTube of it. You must hear it! Not many songs had such great base guitar in them. And this is a song that will make you want to dance. It is a classic. Everybody loves this song!

Hopefully I will get a flickr album set up and share the rest of the show pictures and other photos from the weekend. I couldn't remove the photo san disc fast enough to put in the video san disc in to the digital camera , but I tried to video that song with my cell phone. It didn't take long for all the memory to fill up! It is in such a strange format, I don't know if I will ever have it on YouTube. Plus, I was dancing and my video was all over the place, so it might not be pleasing to watch! It was a fun night and well worth attending!

There are many versions of this song on YouTube, including some live ones. I chose this one for its excellent sound quality. It is a neat slide show of disco images. Enjoy! You better play it! Don't you just love this song?

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Anonymous said...

Looks like a fun time! Thanks for sharing!

Rae said...

So glad you posted the photos and especially that you had a good time. Now I only wish I had been there to see you dancing. Love that song too.

John said...

@Sheila, thanks, and yes it sure was a fun time!

@Rae, Glad you liked the pics! It's fun to let loose and have fun, and I have been told I'm a good dancer!

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