by VVN Music
R&B singer Denise Lasalle is recovering from surgery for an unknown condition.
Bridget Wolfe-Edwards, Lasalle's daughter and the executive director of the National Association for the Preservation of the Blues, wrote on Facebook:
Continue to pray for our mother! She is recovering well from surgery. This little warrior will probably be walking around tomorrow or not sooner. So if and when you hear her music on the radio, whisper a prayer for the queen of the blues! We love you! Get well soon.Lasalle was scheduled to perform at the Blues & BBQ in Rochester, NY on Friday but had to pull out.
The purpose for the surgery has not been stated; however, the singer has suffered from congestive heart failure.
Lasalle started her recording career in 1967 with the album Love Redemption but it was Trapped By a Thing Called Love (1971 / #1 R&B / #13 Pop) that broke her nationally. She followed with such hits as Now Run and Tell That (1972 / #3 R&B / #46 Pop), Man Sized Job (1972 / #4 R&B / #55 Pop) and Love Me Right (1978 / #10 R&B / #80 Pop).
Later in her career, she transitioned from R&B to straight blues and is now known as the "Queen of the Blues". She was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2011 and the Rhythm and Blues Hall of Fame in 2015.