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LaSalle, Denise

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    • us: La Salle, Denise
    • us: Craig, Denise
    • us: Allen, Denise, 1939-2018
    • us: Allen, Ora Denise
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    • found: A lady in the street, p1983: label (Denise LaSalle, vocals)
    • found: Unwrapped, p1979: label (Denise La Salle)
    • found: All music guide WWW site, Apr. 1, 2009 (Denise LaSalle; b. Denise Craig, July 16, 1939, LeFlore County, MS; soul and blues vocalist)
    • found: Electric blues, 1939-2005 : the definitive collection. Part 4, 1970-2005, p2011: container (Denise LaSalle) booklet (born Denise Craig (or, according to some sources, Denise Allen), July 16, 1939, in LeFlore County, Mississippi, and raised in Belzoni from age 7; moved to Chicago in the early 1950s; songwriter, singer; formed Crajon label with then-husband Bill Jones)
    • found: Wikipedia, October 31, 2014 (Denise LaSalle; born Ora Denise Allen, July 16, 1939, near Sidon, in LeFlore County, Mississippi; 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"; now lives in Jackson, Tennessee, where she opened a restaurant called Blues Legend Café)
    • found: Mississippi blues trail WWW site, October 31, 2014 (Denise LaSalle; soul and blues star; born Denise Allen near Sidon in rural Leflore County, July 16, 1939; spent much of her childhood in Belzoni; moved to Chicago in her teens; achieved success not only as a recording artist and performer but also as a songwriter, producer, record label owner, and nightclub operator; in 1986 she founded the National Association for the Preservation of the Blues to bring more attention to the “soul/blues” style) {}
    • found: African American National Biography, accessed April 22, 2015, via Oxford African American Studies Center database: (LaSalle, Denise; Denise Craig or Allen; blues musician, singer; born 16 July 1939 in Belzoni, Mississippi, United States; signed recording contract with Chess Records (1967); founded a recording label and produced a number of small hits, including Bill Coday's “Get Your Lies Straight”; recorded her breakout hit “Trapped By a Thing Called Love”, number one on the R&B chart, number thirteen on Billboard Hot 100, and went gold; signed to ABC Records and Malaco Records (1975-1981); her album Smoking in Bed was a crossover success and brought her to a broader listenership (1997))
    • found: New York times WWW site, viewed Jan. 11, 2018 (in obituary published Jan. 10: Denise LaSalle; b. Ora Denise Allen, July 6 [sic], 1939, near Sidon in Leflore County in the Mississippi Delta; moved with her family to the Delta town of Belzoni when she was 7; at 13, she moved on her own to Chicago; took her stage surname, LaSalle, from a French character in a newspaper comic strip; d. Monday [Jan. 8, 2018], Jackson, Tenn., aged 78; durable blues and soul singer and songwriter who in a half-century-long career delved in song into love, cheating, pleasure, and heartache, mixing romance with raunchiness)
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    • 1994-11-01: new
    • 2018-01-11: revised
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