Thelma Houston (née Jackson; born May 7, 1946, Leland, Mississippi) is an American singer and actress. She scored a number-one hit in 1977 with her cover version of the song “Don’t Leave Me This Way”, which won the Grammy for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.
Houston continued recording into the 1980s, beginning with the RCA release Breakwater Cat which reunited her with Jimmy Webb who’d produced her debut Sunshower and which like their earlier collaboration was a commercially overlooked critical success.
In the 22 December 1984 Billboard magazine interview, Houston admitted to “‘no real commercial success’ since the single ‘Don’t Leave Me This Way’ broke on the Pop charts in late 1976” indicating that the disco backlash had left her with “no real base of audience support” and that her current album Qualifying Heat, executive produced by Houston herself, was a concentrated initiative to restore her as a viable chart presence; the album featured three cuts from Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis – including the single “You Used to Hold Me So Tight” – and production work from Glen Ballard, Dennis Lambert, Cliff Magness and – in his first known recording work – Lenny Kravitz (then billed as Romeo Blue), who each produced a cut apiece.
“You Use to Hold Me So Tight” became Houston’s most successful post-’70s’ release with a #13 R&B peak, but its parent album was a comparative failure – charting #41 R&B – and Houston would not cut another album for six years.
I’d Rather Spend The Bad Times With You Than Spend The Good Times With Someone New (Radio Mix) 3:48
I’d Rather Spend The Bad Times With You Than Spend The Good Times With Someone New (Dub Version) 7:15
I’d Rather Spend The Bad Times With You Than Spend The Good Times With Someone New (Extended Dance Version) 10:47