Disco-era soul singer Loleatta Holloway died Monday night after a brief illness, SpinningSoul.com reports. She was 64.
Racking up 18 hits on the dance charts mostly in the late 1970s, the bountifully-voiced Holloway was perhaps best known for her 1980 single “Love Sensation,” which was sampled frequently on later dance and hip-hop recordings.
Born in Chicago in 1946, Holloway first signed to the Aware label in the early ’70s, and released two albums before the label went out of business. A subsequent contract with Salsoul Records imprint Gold Mind was more fruitful, and Holloway notched her first pop chart appearance with the disco track “Dreaming.” 1977’s “Hit and Run” hit No. 3 on the dance charts, and ballad “Only You” reached No. 11 on the Billboard charts in 1978.
Holloway’s vocals from “Love Sensation” were sampled, uncredited, for Black Box’s hit “Ride on Time” in 1989, leading to a lawsuit later settled out of court. Holloway received better treatment when Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch sampled the same song for 1991’s “Good Vibrations,” receiving full royalties and performing the song with the group — the single entered the books as her first and only No. 1 hit. Holloway’s re-recording of the song was a European club hit in 2006.