|Genres:||Blues Christian & Gospel R&B / Soul|
|Tags:||soul rhythm and blues blues female vocalists rnb northern soul|
|Decades:||1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
Denise Craig, 16 July 1939, LeFlore County, Mississippi, USA. Having moved to Chicago in 1954 to pursue a career as a fiction writer, LaSalle turned to songwriting and by the late 60s had begun to record for Billy The Kid Emersons Tarpon label, on which she achieved a sizeable local hit, A Love Reputation, in 1967. In 1969, she formed Crajon productions with her husband, Bill Jones, and also began working with producer Willie Mitchell in Memphis. After a period writing and producing for other artists, LaSalle returned to recording her own compositions, and one of the first results, Trapped By A Thing Called Love, released not on her own label but on Westbound in 1971, reached number 1 in the US R&B charts and climbed to the US pop Top 20. Several excellent, sometimes uncompromising, singles followed, including Man Sized Job (1972), Married, But Not To Each Other (1976) and What It Takes To...