R&B singer Denise LaSalle dies at 78
Denise LaSalle was an American blues and R&B/soul singer, songwriter, and record producer who, since the death of Koko Taylor, had been recognized as the “Queen of the Blues”. The singer died in Jackson, Tennessee, on Monday (Jan. 8) aged 78.
The singer reportedly suffered from health issues in recent months that resulted in the amputation of her right leg after she suffered a fall and died Monday night at a hospital, surrounded by family.
LaSalle’s most famous hit was “Trapped by a Thing Called Love”, which topped the R&B charts in 1971. Along with this song, she is also well known for the song “Now Run and Tell That” and had a string of successful singles in the 1970s and the early 1980s.
She was first married to Bill Jones in 1969 but divorced in 1974. Both of them collaborated in producing records, and they went on to established an independent production company, Crajon Records. She later married her second husband, disc jockey James E. “Super Wolfe” Wolfe Jr. in 1977, and have two children.