Denise LaSalle, A Queen Of Blues, Has Passed Away At 78
Music world has lost another legend. The famous singer and songwriter Denis LaSalle has died in Jackson, Tennessee at 78.
The world lost a great musician
Denise LaSalle was born as Ora Denise Allen in 1939 and adopted the stage name for her musical career. She worked mainly in American blues, R&B, and soul genres as a singer and songwriter. Because of her long-lasting and successful career, she was often referred to as the "Queen of Blues."
LaSalle's career officially started in 1967 when she got her first contract and published the single "A Love Reputation", which was a modest hit. However, her breakthrough came at the start of the 1970s with her biggest hit "Trapped by a Thing Called Love." The song made it to No. 1 on the US R&B charts and even made it to the 13th place on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
She continued to create successful singles during the 70s and 80s with "Love Me Right" and "My Toot Toot." The much recognition came in 2011 when Denise was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame. In recent years, she wanted to turn her music towards gospel, but we will never get to hear what the blues diva had in mind.
Complications after a fall
LaSalle was battling with severe health issues for years. Recently, she suffered a serious fall as a result of which she had to have her leg amputated. As a consequence of a series of complications, the famous voice of blues shall be heard no more.
The news of her death was devastating for her friends and family but also for her colleagues and fellow musicians. People took to Twitter to express their sorrow about the passing of their esteemed co-worker.
— Jay Vee Records (@jayveerecords) January 9, 2018
Denise Lasalle....We will truly miss you! ~Malaco Family
— Malaco Records (@Malaco_Records) January 9, 2018
Honored to be nominated again for Best Soul Blues Female Vocalist by The Blues Foundation. VERY sorry to hear of the passing of Denise LaSalle. Glad that I got to see her at last year's awards. @BluesFoundation pic.twitter.com/jn6qJx4ZEq
— Bettye LaVette (@BettyeLaVette) January 9, 2018
RIP Denise LaSalle
We would like to express our deepest condolences to Denise's relatives. May her music be the light that will guide you through this tough period.