“Trapped By This Thing Called Love” – Performed by Denise LaSalle (1971)

Denise LaSalle – Trapped By This Thing Called Love (1971)

[Denise Allen was] Raised in Belzoni, Mississippi, she sang in local churches before moving to Chicago in the early 1960s. She sat in with R&B musicians and wrote songs, influenced by country music as well as the blues, before winning a recording contract with Chess Records in 1967. Her first single, “A Love Reputation” was a modest regional hit.

After establishing an independent production company, Crajon, with her then husband Bill Jones, her first major success came in 1971 when her self-penned song, “Trapped By A Thing Called Love”, released on Westbound Records, made #1 on the national R&B chart and #13 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The RIAA gold disc award was made on 30 November 1971 for a million sales.Follow-ups “Now Run And Tell That” and “Man Sized Job” also made the R&B Top Ten, and she continued to have hits on Westbound and then on ABC Records through the mid 1970s. She also carried on as a record producer and live performer. Her co-penned song “Married, But Not to Each Other” was included in the 1979, The Best of Barbara Mandrell, compilation album.

In 1980 she signed as a singer and songwriter with Malaco Records, for whom she released a string of critically acclaimed albums through the 1980s and 1990s, starting with Lady in the Street (1986) and Right Place, Right Time (1984). Both albums became major successes among soul blues, R&B and soul fans and on urban radio stations. In 1985 she enjoyed her only recognition in the UK Singles Chart, when her cover version of Rockin’ Sidney’s, “My Toot Toot”, reached #6. (SOURCE: WIKI)

Denise is still writing music,  performing music and recording music. Keep up with her performances and music at her MySpace Page.

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  1. I love Denise LaSalle’s music. As a kid I didn’t know what she was REALLY talking about – LOL.

    Did she sing a song with lyrics: If it don’t fit don’t force it, just relax and let it go…? Somehow I remember her singing this song in the late 70s or early 80s.

  2. Hi HD,

    Yeah – I had no clue about the lyrics of many of the great music I loved to listen to back in the day — but it is awesome that now we can enjoy the same music we did as kids on a completely different level.

    Kellee Patterson first recorded “If It Don’t Fit, Don’t Force It”. What great, great tune. It was also covered by Jean “Mr. Big Stuff” Knight, among others. Since LaSalle performed many double ententre songs she could have very well sang this song as well and perhaps recorded it but I am unaware the recording.

    If It Don’t Fit Don’t Force It
    Composed by Larry Farrow/music & Carolyn Johns/lyrics)

    If it don’t fit (If it don’t fit, don’t force it), don’t force it
    If it don’t fit (If it don’t fit, don’t force it), nah, don’t force it

    If it don’t fit, don’t force it
    Just relax and let it go
    Just ’cause that’s how you want it
    Doesn’t mean it will be so

    If it don’t fit, don’t force it
    Just relax and let it go
    Just ’cause that’s how you want it
    Doesn’t mean it will be so

    I’m givin’ up, I’m leavin’
    Yes, I’m ready to be free
    The thrill is gone, I’m movin on
    ‘Cause you’ve stopped pleasin’ me

    I can’t stand bein’ handled
    I’ve exhausted each excuse
    I’ve even stooped to fakin’ it
    But tell me what’s the use

    You’re tryin’ hard to shame me
    ‘Cause you wanna make me stay
    But all it does is bring to mind
    What Mama used to say

    If it don’t fit, don’t force it
    Just relax and let it go
    Just ’cause that’s how you want it
    Doesn’t mean it will be so

    If it don’t fit, don’t force it
    Just relax and let it go
    Just ’cause that’s how you want it
    Doesn’t mean it will be so

    I know there’ll be no changin’
    We’ve been through all that before
    I’m all worn out from talkin’
    And now I’m a-headin’ for the door

    C’mon stop your complainin’
    Someone else will come along
    You can start your life all over
    Sing her your brand new song

    You’re tryin’ hard to shame me
    ‘Cause you wanna make me stay
    But all it does is bring to mind
    What Mama used to say

    If it don’t fit, don’t force it
    Just relax and let it go
    Just ’cause that’s how you want it
    Doesn’t mean it will be so

    If it don’t fit, don’t force it
    Just relax and let it go
    Just ’cause that’s how you want it
    Doesn’t mean it will be so

    (If it don’t fit, don’t force it, oh, no-no)
    (If it don’t fit ………….FADE)

    Be sure to check out my next post!

    SonDan


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