Most Wanted! Denise LaSalle – I’m So Hot (MCA)
Seen as The Queen of the Blues after the decease of Koko Taylor, Denise LaSalle made a brief incursion into Disco territories in the 70’s. She eventually released the ‘I’m So Hot’ album back in 1980. Its title cut standing as one of the most sought after 12″ in the history of the genre.
With its strings and horns part arranged by David Van De Pitte… In a vein somehow reminding of the Emotions‘ classic ‘Best Of My Love’ and Alphonse Mouzon‘s ‘I’m Glad That You’re Here’. If not Cheryl Lynn‘s ‘Got To Be Real’, don’t you think?
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Infos seems to differ from a source to another regarding the ID name of Denise LaSalle. According to Wikipedia, it would be Ora Denise Allen, meanwhile for some other reputedly secured source of mine, it is Denise Craig.
She took her stage name after the one of a Chicago avenue after relocating to the Windy City when she was 13.
LaSalle delivered her first single – ‘A Love Reputation’ – back in 1966 on Tarpon Records, meeting moderate success. She soon after collaborated with producer Willie Mitchell. This resulting in the release of ‘Trapped By A Thing Called Love’ on her own Crajon Records label. A cut that would be the title track of her debut-album on Westbound Records back in 1972, and bring her her first #1 in the charts.
The end of the 70’s saw her briefly flirting with Disco vibes on her ‘I’m So Hot’ album. She signed 2 years after with Malaco Records after the label got impressed by a song she wrote for Z.Z. Hill. There, she released a string of critically acclaimed albums over more than 20 years. Both of them became major successes among Soul Blues, R&B and Soul fans and on Urban radio stations.
An entrepreneur as well, Denise LaSalle opened the Blues Legend Café in her Jackson, TN hometown. A restaurant which has closed since. She has also contributed to the running of WFXX, a radio station which she owned with her second husband.
She sadly died this Mon. Jan. 08, 2018 after havin’ undergone a leg amputation in October 2017 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN.
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