The female vocal line on Isaac Hayes‘ toweringly magnificent classic “The Theme From Shaft” was sung by Telma Hopkins. Telma was also a member of Tony Orlando‘s Dawn. This means she featured on two of 1971’s biggest hits as she also sang on Dawn’s “Knock Three Times”. The Isaac Hayes song was at the top of the US Billboard chart in November 1971 for two weeks following the Dawn hit which was at number one in the USA for three weeks in January 1971. The latter also topped the chart in the UK.
Telma went on to appear in a number of films and TV shows including The Love Boat and Fantasy Island.