Always the Queen: The Denise LaSalle Story

Always the Queen: The Denise LaSalle Story

by Denise LaSalle, David Whiteis

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Denise LaSalle's journey took her from rural Mississippi to an unquestioned reign as the queen of soul-blues. From her early R&B classics to bold and bawdy demands for satisfaction, LaSalle updated the classic blueswoman's stance of powerful independence while her earthy lyrics about relationships connected with generations of female fans. Off-stage, she enjoyed ongoing success as a record label owner, entrepreneur, and genre-crossing songwriter.

As honest and no-nonsense as the artist herself, Always the Queen is LaSalle's in-her-own-words story of a lifetime in music. Moving to Chicago as a teen, LaSalle launched a career in gospel and blues that eventually led to the chart-topping 1971 smash ”Trapped by a Thing Called Love” and a string of R&B hits. She reinvented herself as a soul-blues artist as tastes changed and became a headliner on the revitalized southern soul circuit and at festivals nationwide and overseas. Revered for a tireless dedication to her music and fans, LaSalle continued to tour and record until shortly before her death.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780252084942
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Publication date: 06/15/2020
Series: Music in American Life Series
Edition description: 1st Edition
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 774,675
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Denise LaSalle (1934-2018) was a soul and blues singer-songwriter and businesswoman. Her songs include ”Trapped by a Thing Called Love,” ”Married, but Not to Each Other,” and the modern-day soul-blues standards ”A Lady in the Street,” ”Don't Jump My Pony,” and ”Someone Else Is Steppin' In.” LaSalle entered the Blues Hall of Fame in 2011 and the Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame in 2015. David Whiteis is a journalist, writer, and educator living in Chicago. His books include Blues Legacy: Tradition and Innovation in Chicago and Southern Soul-Blues.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Prelude: "Far Away Places" 1

1 Mississippi Girl 3

2 Music and Life Lessons 13

3 "There's Got to Be a Better World Somewhere" 24

4 "That Was God Talking to You!" 40

5 "Mama Says It's in My Blood!" 48

6 The Road to "Trapped"-and Stardom 69

7 Dreams Come True 87

8 Going through Changes 102

9 "One Life to Live … Let's Live It Together" 116

10 A New Label and a New Era 150

11 Steppin' In on Some Down Home Blues 158

12 Cry of the Black Soul 177

13 Still the Queen 188

14 God Don't Make Mistakes 202

Coda: "Speak to God on My Behalf" 217

A Note on the Text 221

Index 223

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