Delta Blues Museum expresses their condolences to the family
and friends of Denise LaSalle
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January 09, 2018
R&B singer Denise LaSalle dies
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Blues and soul
music legend Denise LaSalle has died, friends say. She was 78.
LaSalle’s 1971 song “Trapped By a Thing
Called Love” reached No. 1 on the R&B charts and No. 13 on the
Billboard Hot 100 chart. She continued her career with a string
of successful singles through the 1970s and ’80s.
Many of her early hits were recorded
with Willie Mitchell in Memphis at Royal Studios.
LaSalle was raised in Belzoni, Mississippi
and died in Jackson, Tennessee.
She was inducted into the Blues Hall
of Fame in Memphis and the Rhythm and Blues Hall of Fame.
R&B star Bobby Rush called LaSalle his
"best friend and little sister" since she was 17 or 18 until
she died, and one of the best songwriters ever.
He said LaSalle had suffered health problems
for the past few years and went through surgery recently, but
she was in good spirits the last time he saw her.
"She's gonna be missed," Rush said.
"She wanted the blues to last forever."