Social Icons

Social Connect

Denise LaSalle

  • Birthplace: Leflore County, Mississippi
  • Birthday: July 16
Date of passing: 
January 08, 2018

Obituary

Obituary: 

Denise LaSalle was an American blues and R&B/soul singer, songwriter, and record producer.

LaSalle sang in church choirs for local gospel groups as a small child, before moving to Chicago when she was 13, to live with her oldest brother.

She sat in with R&B musicians and wrote songs, influenced by country music as well as the blues, before winning a recording contract with Chess Records in 1967. Her first single, "A Love Reputation" was a modest regional hit.

Denise LaSalle was an American blues and R&B/soul singer, songwriter, and record producer.

LaSalle sang in church choirs for local gospel groups as a small child, before moving to Chicago when she was 13, to live with her oldest brother.

She sat in with R&B musicians and wrote songs, influenced by country music as well as the blues, before winning a recording contract with Chess Records in 1967. Her first single, "A Love Reputation" was a modest regional hit.

Her song "Trapped By a Thing Called Love" (1971) reached #1 on the national R&B chart and #13 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song ranked at #85 on the 1971 year-end chart, and received a gold record award.

She continued to have hits on the R&B charts, including "Love Me Right,” “Now Run and Tell That,” and "Man Sized Job.”

In 2011, she was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame.

LaSalle continued to work as a live performer into 2017, particularly at festivals, and more recently had branched out into the gospel genre.

LaSalle died January 8, 2018, in Jackson, Tennessee. She was 78.

Show more

Main

AWARDS & NOMINATIONS