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Denise LaSalle Undergoes Leg Amputation

by VVN Music

Soul singer Denise LaSalle has had to undergo a leg amputation at Vanderbilt University Hospital in Nashville.

According to a source, the problems with LaSalle's leg began after a fall "some time ago". A press release explained "Recently, Denise LaSalle found herself in one of her greatest health battles of her life. Moving from a hospital in her beloved hometown of Jackson, Tennessee, to the Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Miss LaSalle was presented with the medical decision of having her right leg amputated to prevent further medical complications. Upon hearing the news, she never cringed, but instead instructed her medical professionals to proceed with the best possible direction for her health."

The release went on to say "When coming out of surgery for the amputation of her leg and finding herself surrounded by her husband James Wolfe and other family members, Miss LaSalle’s first concern was the progress of the Denise LaSalle Blues Academy of Performing Arts. The Denise LaSalle Blues Academy of Performing Arts is the realization of a long-time dream that Miss LaSalle has had, that she insisted be developed to give young people the opportunity to study and learn the foundations of blues and gospel music. One of her first directives about the Academy was that young people between the ages of 8 and 14 years of age be allowed to attend tuition free."

LaSalle signed with Chess Records in 1967 and, after a few regional hits, she moved to Westbound where she had the biggest hit of her career, "Trapped by a Thing Called Love" (1971 / #13 Pop / #1 R&B). Overall, she has had 16 charting R&B hits and has released over thirty albums. She is also a member of the Rhythm and Blues Hall of Fame.