Singer and songwriter Denise LaSalle, whose hit “Trapped by a Thing Called Love” topped the R&B charts in 1971, has died. She was 78. Media outlets report LaSalle suffered from health issues in recent months that resulted in the amputation of her right leg after she suffered a fall. Along with “Trapped by a Thing Called Love,” she is also well known for the song “Now Run and Tell That.” She had a string of successful singles in the 1970s and the early 1980s. LaSalle, a Mississippi native, founded the National Association for the Preservation of the Blues to bring more attention to the “soul/blues” style in 1986. We last saw Ms. LaSalle at our 40th Annual Mississippi Delta Blues & Heritage Festival. Even with her health issues she still put on a great show.

Rest In Love Queen LaSalle
Her Legacy will live on!

Willie "Po Monkey" Seaberry passed away on July 14, 2016 from an apparent heart attack at the age of 75. His shotgun house "juke joint" in Merigold is an popular Blues destination for Blues enthusiasts. He will be missed.

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