1971 Denise LaSalle – Trapped By A Thing Called Love
Denise LaSalle grew up in Mississippi and moved to Chicago to live with her brother when she turned 13. She sang with blues musicians and also became influenced by Country music. Over time, she began writing songs as well.
She signed with Chess Records for a year, but they never even recorded any of her music. She married Bill Jones, and they formed the Crajon production company. She wrote and recorded Trapped By a Thing Called Love. Westbound Records released the song as a single in 1971.
The blues record peaked at #13 on the Hot 100 and topped the R&B chart. Over a million copies of the single were sold. Denise even appeared on Soul Train with her hit.
The next year, Westbound released two more singles that peaked at #48 and #55 on the Hot 100 but reached #3 and #4 on the R&B chart.
Denise had two more top forty R&B hits and one more single that reached the top ten in 1978. She released over thirty albums during her career, with her last new album coming out in 2010.
In 2011, they inducted Denise into the Blues Hall Of Fame.
Denise struggled with heart problems as she got older and died in 2018 at the age of 83.
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