A little dedication to 2009Denisem, cos niecy IS SO HOT! and she asked for Jean Carn, (Ill get to that soon), but in the meatime Denise was 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. The self produced “I’m So Hot” LP released in 1979 resulted in a #33 Disco Action charting in 1980.
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