Denise LaSalle (21st Century)

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"Mississippi Woman"

Denise LaSalle (21st Century)

Composed by Floyd Hamberlin




October 23, 2016: From the desk of David Whiteis....

Denise LaSalle will begin touring again in December . . . She has two gigs lined up already (I'll try to get more details -- I believe one is in Flint, Michigan on December 17) -- but right now, she wants everyone to know that

"The Queen is back"

and she's ready to work. So -- promoters, bookers, etc., take note!

Daddy B. Nice notes:

David Whiteis is the author Southern Soul Blues and a close associate of Denise LaSalle.

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July 5, 2016: Posted from Daddy B. Nice's Mailbag

Denise LaSalle has had triple bypass surgery.

(July 5, 2016)

She's in Intensive Care right now -- according to her husband, she's doing okay; I believe she had the operation today. They're looking at five or six weeks' recovery time,

David W.

See Daddy B. Nice's 21st-Century Artist Guide to Denise LaSalle.

Listen to the new duet by Karen Wolfe and Denise LaSalle: "Shake A Little Something."

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April 12, 2015: NEW SINGLES ALERT!

Listen to Denise LaSalle singing "Grown Folks Business" on YouTube.

Listen to Denise LaSalle singing "Tiptoeing Through The Bedroom" on YouTube.

See Daddy B. Nice's Top Ten Southern Soul Singles Review April 2015 (#9-ranked).

Denise LaSalle enters the autumn of her career...

....That's what these thought-provoking tunes proclaim. The voice (never a "belter" like her peers Peggy Scott-Adams or Shirley Brown) is even weaker now. You can sense the fragility of the flesh behind the performance, yet Denise's character and moxie are still as strong as ever. The subject matter, a mother’s scolding of a pestering child ("Grown Folks Business"), is almost embarrassingly domestic for a southern soul audience expecting sexual double entendres on the order of La Salle’s signature “Don’t Mess With My TuTu.” Young folks may not understand what all the fuss is about. Grown folks will be fascinated by Denise's daring in once again doing what hasn't been done before.

Listen to Denise LaSalle singing "Grown Folks Business" on YouTube.

Listen to Denise LaSalle singing "Tiptoeing Through The Bedroom" on YouTube.


From Denise LaSalle's upcoming album, STILL SWINGING, written and produced by Joe H. Akines for Chi-Jaxx Records.
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Note: Denise LaSalle also appears on Daddy B. Nice's original Top 100 Southern Soul Artists (90's-00's). The "21st Century" after Denise LaSalle's name in the headline is to distinguish her artist-guide entries on this page from her artist-guide page on Daddy B. Nice's original chart.

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To automatically link to Denise LaSalle's charted radio singles, awards, CD's and many other references on the website, go to "LaSalle, Denise" in Daddy B. Nice's Comprehensive Index.

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Listen to Denise LaSalle singing "Mississippi Woman" on YouTube while you read.

April 27, 2013:

Daddy B. Nice's Profile:



If you live long enough, and you're successful enough, and the "past lifetimes" just keep piling up--one on top of another--you have an idea of the present-day career of the indomitable Denise LaSalle, who (along with Shirley Brown) has become the foremost interpreter of Southern Soul music in the contemporary era.

The irony is that choosing among and negotiating scintillating covers of contemporary hits such as Will T's "Mississippi Boy" or Pat Cooley's "Older Woman" was the least of Denise's many head-turning strengths in her younger days, when she made her name as a songwriter, then as a song-writing performer.

These days--and many "lifetimes" and CD's later--LaSalle's most memorable self-written performances tend to be career-capsulizing anthems such as I'm Still The Queen," and even "Still The Queen" was a vehicle written for LaSalle primarily by John Ward and Raymond Moore.

LaSalle always had a great voice, but in the 21st century her vocals have become even more significant, with the dues of experience adding another, shadow-lengthening dimension. Her songs are infused with her stature in the R&B community, audibly loose and bedrock-confident. Denise LaSalle really still is the "Queen."

And, much earthier than Shirley Brown, and often labelled a modern-day Bessie Smith, the ornery LaSalle isn't afraid to sing or say anything with an imagination and mouth as foul as Millie Jackson's. But the bracing shock and laughter quotient are accompanied on the listener's part by an admiration for the ease and fluidity of LaSalle's thought process, and the casual and charismatic tone and timbre of her one-of-a-kind voice.

The entire package generates a dump truck's-worth of charm. In concert performances LaSalle radiates this accomplished personality through a mix of vocal sophistication and bawdy war-of-the-sexes themes, all delivered with Ella Fitzgerald-graciousness and Duke Ellington-elegance.

--Daddy B. Nice


About Denise LaSalle (21st Century)

Denise LaSalle (born Ora Denise Allen in 1939) was raised in Belzoni, Mississippi. Well-versed in gospel music as a child, she also picked up secular musical influences from early R&B, Grand Ole Opry, and local juke joint music. In her twenties she moved north to Chicago and pursued a songwriting career. A Chess Records executive, Billy "The Kid" Emerson, met LaSalle while she was working as a bar maid, and this gradually led her into recording and performing.

LaSalle's first hit record was 1971's "Trapped By A Thing Called Love" (Westbound Records), which crossed over to the pop charts and went gold. The follow-up, "Now Run Tell That," was a million-seller on the R&B charts. LaSalle moved to ABC Records and recorded three solid albums in the late seventies before ABC was bought out by MCA, and MCA dropped her in the eighties as, nationwide, R&B declined in popularity.

Malaco Records of Jackson, Mississippi was just beginning to fill the vacuum, however, with artists such as Z.Z. Hill and Johnnie Taylor, and a LaSalle songwriting assignment for Hill led to a recording career that no one could have anticipated, beginning early on (1985) with LaSalle's signature zydeco track and concert favorite, "Don't Mess With My Tu Tu" (which LaSalle later changed to "My Toot Toot").

From the mid-eighties through the mid-nineties, LaSalle recorded ten Southern Soul albums as one of Malaco Record's flagship artists, notching popular Dixie-radio singles like "Don't Cry No More," "Your Husband Is Cheating On Us," "It Be's That Way Sometimes," "I Was Not The Best Woman," "Drop That Zero," "Long Dong Silver" and "Blues Party Tonight."

The turn of the century saw LaSalle leave Malaco for a couple of independent CD's and a gospel project before inking a contract in 2002 with Memphis's Ecko Records, whose owner John Ward was a Malaco alumnus. The change of venue seemed to reinvigorate LaSalle.

Interest in the genre had grown, and she put out a higher-profile series of albums between 2002 and 2007: Still The Queen, Wanted, & Pay Before You Pump--tallying popular Southern Soul and Blues singles like "It's Going Down," "What Kind Of Man Is This," "Snap, Crackle & Pop," "The Thrill Is On Again," "You Should Have Kept It In The Bedroom" and "The Love You Threw Away" in addition to the three album title tunes.

The record that made the biggest impact, however, was "Mississippi Woman," LaSalle's gender-switching version of Will T.'s "Mississippi Boy," (which had already been covered once by Charles Wilson). LaSalle's "Mississippi Woman," with a souped up, electric-blues arrangement by John Ward, surpassed them all and became a big hit, so much so that Malaco invited LaSalle back for a similar stab at success with 2010's 24 Hour Woman.

"Older Woman (Looking For A Younger Man," a cover of the already popular Pat Cooley single of the same name, was the feature song of the set, combining one of LaSalle's most far-ranging and masterful vocals with an hilariously honest and ribald voice-over about men and women.

However, the label decided to feature "Cheat Receipt," a cover of a Toni Green Southern Soul song, as the primary single from the album. By the time LaSalle's "Older Woman" was released as a single, the buzz had seemingly passed the album by and "Older Woman," LaSalle's last major single (as of this writing) and finest work since "Mississippi Woman" is now rarely heard on Southern Soul radio and has no YouTube offering.

April 12, 2015... Daddy B. Nice notes: "Older Woman" is now on YouTube!

Listen to Denise LaSalle singing "Older Woman" on YouTube.

Denise LaSalle Discography:

1972 Trapped By a Thing Called Love (Westbound)

1973 On the Loose (Westbound)

1975 Here I Am Again (Westbound)

1976 Second Breath (ABC)

1977 The Bitch Is Bad (ABC)

1979 Under the Influence (ABC)

1979 Unwrapped (MCA)

1980 I'm So Hot (MCA)

1981 And Satisfaction Guaranteed (MCA)

1983 Lady In The Street (Malaco)

1984 Right Place, Right Time (Malaco)

1985 Love Talkin' (Malaco)

1986 Rain & Fire (Malaco)

1987 It's Lying Time Again (Malaco)

1988 Hittin' Where It Hurts (Malaco)

1990 Still Trapped (Malaco)

1990 Do Ya Think I'm Sexy? (Universal)

1992 Love Me Right (Malaco)

1994 Still Bad (Malaco)

1996 Before You Take It to the Streets (Ichiban)

1997 Smokin' in Bed (Malaco)

1999 Trapped (601 Music)

1999 God's Got My Back (Angel In The Mist)

2000 This Real Woman (Ordena)

2001 There's No Separation (Ordena)

2001 I Get What I Want: The Best Of The ABC Years (Connoisseur Collection)

2002 Still the Queen (Ecko)

2003 My Toot Toot: Definitive Anthology (Smith & Co.)

2004 Wanted (Ecko)

2006 I'm So Hot (P-Vine)

2007 Pay Before You Pump (Ecko)

2008 A Little Bit Naughty: The ABC & MCA Years (Shout)

2010 24 Hour Woman (Malaco)

2012 At Her Best (Ecko)

2013 Making a Good Thing Better: The Complete Westbound Singles 1970-76 (Ace)


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April 26, 2013: Denise LaSalle on YouTube


Listen to Denise LaSalle singing "Mississippi Woman" on YouTube.

Listen to Denise LaSalle singing "Don't Cry No More" on YouTube.

Listen to Denise LaSalle singing "Don't Mess With My Tu Tu" Live Onstage on YouTube.

Listen to Denise LaSalle singing "The Queen Is Back (I'm Still The Queen)" Live Onstage on YouTube.

Watch a fascinating German-animated video set to Denise Lasalle singing "Don't Mess With My Tu Tu" on YouTube.

Listen to Denise LaSalle singing "Trapped By A Thing Called Love" Live Onstage on YouTube.

Listen to Denise LaSalle singing "Mississippi (Delta Blues Mix)" on YouTube.

Listen to Denise LaSalle singing "Why Am I Missing You" Live Onstage on YouTube.

Listen to Denise LaSalle singing "Snap, Crackle & Pop" on YouTube.

Listen to Denise LaSalle singing "Going Through Changes" Live Onstage on YouTube.

Listen to Denise LaSalle singing "It Be's That Way Sometimes" Live Onstage on YouTube.

Listen to Denise LaSalle singing "Blues Party Tonight" Live Onstage on YouTube.

Listen to Denise LaSalle singing "Lick It Before You Stick It" on YouTube.

Listen to Denise LaSalle singing "Long Dong Silver" on YouTube.

Listen to Denise LaSalle singing "I'm Still The Queen" on YouTube.

Listen to Denise LaSalle singing "Drop That Zero" on YouTube.

Listen to Denise LaSalle singing "Down Home Blues" on YouTube.

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April 27, 2013:

The Best Denise Lasalle Compilations You May Have Never Heard Of:


Making a Good Thing Better: The Complete Westbound Singles 1970-76

My Toot Toot: An Anthology

Denise Lasalle: At Her Best

I Get What I Want: The Best Of The ABC Years

A Little Bit Naughty: The ABC & MCA Years

On the Loose/Trapped by a Thing Called Love (Import)


Honorary "B" Side

"Older Woman (Looking For A Younger Man)"



5 Stars 5 Stars 5 Stars 5 Stars 5 Stars 
Sample or Buy Mississippi Woman by Denise LaSalle (21st Century)
Mississippi Woman


CD: Pay Before You Pump
Label: Ecko

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Pay Before You Pump


5 Stars 5 Stars 5 Stars 5 Stars 5 Stars 
Sample or Buy Older Woman (Looking For A Younger Man) by Denise LaSalle (21st Century)
Older Woman (Looking For A Younger Man)


CD: 24 Hour Woman
Label: Malaco

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24 Hour Woman


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Sample or Buy (Don't Mess With) My TuTu (Toot Toot) by Denise LaSalle (21st Century)
(Don't Mess With) My TuTu (Toot Toot)


CD: Love Talkin'
Label: Malaco

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Love Talkin'


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Sample or Buy Don't Cry No More by Denise LaSalle (21st Century)
Don't Cry No More


CD: My Toot Toot: Definitive Anthology
Label: Smith & Co.

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My Toot Toot: Definitive Anthology


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Sample or Buy I'm Still The Queen by Denise LaSalle (21st Century)
I'm Still The Queen


CD: At Her Best
Label: Ecko

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At Her Best


5 Stars 5 Stars 5 Stars 5 Stars 5 Stars 
Sample or Buy The Love You Threw Away by Denise LaSalle (21st Century)
The Love You Threw Away


CD: Wanted
Label: Ecko

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Wanted


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Sample or Buy The Thrill Is On Again by Denise LaSalle (21st Century)
The Thrill Is On Again


CD: Wanted
Label: Ecko

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Wanted


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Sample or Buy Trapped By A Thing Called Love by Denise LaSalle (21st Century)
Trapped By A Thing Called Love


CD: My Toot Toot: Definitive Anthology
Label: Smith & Co.

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My Toot Toot: Definitive Anthology


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Sample or Buy Cheat Receipt by Denise LaSalle (21st Century)
Cheat Receipt


CD: 24 Hour Woman
Label: Malaco

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24 Hour Woman


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Sample or Buy Five Below Zero by Denise LaSalle (21st Century)
Five Below Zero


CD: Smokin' In Bed
Label: Malaco

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Smokin' In Bed


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Sample or Buy Now Run Tell That by Denise LaSalle (21st Century)
Now Run Tell That


CD: Making a Good Thing Better: The Complete Westbound
Label: Ace

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Making a Good Thing Better: The Complete Westbound Singles 1970-76


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Sample or Buy Pay Before You Pump by Denise LaSalle (21st Century)
Pay Before You Pump


CD: Pay Before You Pump
Label: Ecko

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Pay Before You Pump


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Sample or Buy Snap, Crackle & Pop by Denise LaSalle (21st Century)
Snap, Crackle & Pop


CD: Wanted
Label: Ecko

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Wanted


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Sample or Buy What Kind Of Man Is This by Denise LaSalle (21st Century)
What Kind Of Man Is This


CD: This Real Woman
Label: Ordena

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This Real Woman


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Sample or Buy You Should Have Kept It In The Bedroom by Denise LaSalle (21st Century)
You Should Have Kept It In The Bedroom


CD: At Her Best
Label: Ecko

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At Her Best


3 Stars 3 Stars 3 Stars 
Sample or Buy Blues Party Tonight by Denise LaSalle (21st Century)
Blues Party Tonight


CD: Smokin' In Bed
Label: Malaco

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Smokin' In Bed


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Sample or Buy Home Wrecker by Denise LaSalle (21st Century)
Home Wrecker


CD: 24 Hour Woman
Label: Malaco

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24 Hour Woman


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Sample or Buy I Was Not The Best Woman (Just The Biggest Fool) by Denise LaSalle (21st Century)
I Was Not The Best Woman (Just The Biggest Fool)


CD: Lady In The Street
Label: Malaco

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Lady In The Street


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Sample or Buy It's Going Down by Denise LaSalle (21st Century)
It's Going Down


CD: Pay Before You Pump
Label: Ecko

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Pay Before You Pump


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Sample or Buy Your Husband Is Cheating On Us by Denise LaSalle (21st Century)
Your Husband Is Cheating On Us


CD: Right Place, Right Time
Label: Malaco

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Right Place, Right Time


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