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Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Denise LaSalle born 16 June 1939

Ora Denise Allen (born July 16, 1939), known by the stage name Denise LaSalle, is an American blues and R&B/soul singer, songwriter, and record producer who, since the death of Koko Taylor, has been recognized as the "Queen of the Blues". 

Born near Sidon, Mississippi and raised in Belzoni, she sang in church choirs before moving to Chicago in the early 1960s. 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.

She established an independent production company, Crajon, with her then husband Bill Jones. Her song "Trapped By A Thing Called Love" (1971) was released on Detroit-based Westbound Records. This 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. The RIAA gold disc award was made on November 30, 1971 for a million sales.
She also wrote successful follow-ups, "Now Run And Tell That" and "Man Sized Job" which made #3 and #4 in the R&B Top Ten and also charted in the Hot 100. Her early hits were recorded at the Hi recording studios in Memphis, operated by Willie Mitchell, using the cream of southern session players. She continued to have hits on Westbound and then on ABC Records through the mid-1970s, including "Love Me Right" (#10 R&B, #80 pop) She continued to produce and perform live. Her co-penned song, "Married, But Not to Each Other" (#16 R&B) was included in the 1979 The Best of Barbara Mandrell, compilation album.
In the early 1980s, she signed as a singer and songwriter with Malaco Records, for whom she released a string of critically acclaimed albums over more than 20 years, starting with Lady in the Street (1983) and Right Place, Right Time (1984). Both albums became major successes among soul blues, R&B and soul fans and on urban radio stations. In 1985, she enjoyed her only recognition in the UK Singles Chart, when her cover version of Rockin' Sidney's, "My Toot Toot", reached #6.

LaSalle appeared at the 1984 and 1993 versions of the Long Beach Blues Festival, and also in 1993, she performed at the San Francisco Blues Festival. Her album Smokin' In Bed (1997) sold well. After more than a decade away, when she recorded three albums with small Memphis-based soul-blues label, Ecko, she returned to Malaco for her 2010 outing called "24 Hour Woman". She continues to work as a live performer, particularly at festivals, and more recently has branched out into the gospel genre. In 2011, she was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame.

LaSalle now lives with her husband, James E. Wolfe, in Jackson, Tennessee, where she opened a restaurant called Blues Legend Café. The restaurant was located at 436 E. Main Street and has since closed.
In 2013 and 2014, LaSalle was nominated for a Blues Music Award in the 'Soul Blues Female Artist' category. On June 6, 2015 LaSalle was inducted into the Official Rhythm & Blues Music Hall of Fame in Clarksdale, MS. (Info Wikipedia)

1 comment:

boppinbob said...

For Denise LaSalle, Making a Good Thing Better: The Complete Westbound Singles 1970-1976

Go here:

1.Hung Up, Strung Out
2.Heartbreaker of the Year
3.Trapped by a Thing Called Love
4.Keep It Coming
5.Now Run and Tell That
6.The Deeper I Go (The Better It Gets)
7.Man Sized Job
8.I’m Over You
9.Making a Good Thing Better
10.What It Takes To Get a Good Woman (That’s What It’s Gonna Take to Keep Her)
11.Do Me Right
12.Your Man and Your Best Friend
13.What Am I Doing Wrong
14.Don’t Nobody Live Here (By the Name of Fool)
15.Good Goody Getter
16.Get Up Off My Mind
17.The Best Thing I Ever Had
18.Trying to Forget
19.We’ve Got Love (The Good Part About It)
20.My Brand on You
21.Any Time is the Right Time
22.Here I Am Again
23.Married, But Not to Each Other
24.Who’s the Fool
25.Trapped by a Thing Called Love – Radio Ad
26.On the Loose – Radio Ad

Tracks 1-2 from Parka 2302/Westbound 162, 1970
Tracks 3-4 from Westbound 182, 1971
Tracks 5-6 from Westbound 201, 1972
Tracks 7-8 from Westbound 206, 1972
Tracks 9-10 from Westbound 215, 1973
Track 11 from Westbound 6146 102 (UK), 1972
Tracks 12-13 from Westbound 219, 1973
Tracks 14-15 from Westbound 221, 1973
Tracks 16-17 from Westbound 223, 1974
Tracks 18-19 from Westbound 229, 1974
Tracks 20-21 from Westbound 5004, 1975
Track 22 from Westbound 5008, 1975
Tracks 23-24 from Westbound 5019, 1976
Tracks 25-26 previously unreleased