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"Don't Leave Me This Way" is an R&B/soul/disco song written by Kenneth Gamble, Leon Huff, and Cary Gilbert. First charting as a hit for Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, an act on Gamble & Huff's Philadelphia International label in 1975, "Don't Leave Me This Way" was later a hit single for both Thelma Houston and The Communards and a haunting version was later produced by British producer Black Grass in 2006 featuring the vocals of Dominique Noiret.

"Don't Leave Me This Way" was covered by Motown artist Thelma Houston in 1976. Her version, with its more overt disco arrangement, was a massive international hit, topping the soul singles chart.[4] and US Billboard Hot 100 chart for one week in April 1977. The song peaked at #13 in the UK. The song went to number one on the disco chart,[5] and is considered by many to be not just one of the greatest songs of the disco era but the entire 70's as well.

Houston's version was revived in 1995 in a remix, which reached #19 on the US Billboard Dance Chart and #35 in the UK. This version got Houston ranked #86 on VH1's "100 Greatest One-hit Wonders", as well as the #2 spot on their "100 Greatest Dance Songs" list.

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