Disco singer Loleatta Holloway passed away yesterday evening (March 21) according to reports. The singer had apparently suffered from a brief illness, and her manager Ron Richardson confirmed her passing. Holloway is best known for her hits “Hit and Run” and “Love Sensation,” with the latter particularly notable for having its central vocal motif sampled by Black Box on their huge “Ride on Time” track.
The B-side to her “Worn-Out Broken Heart” single, titled “Dreamin',” became a disco hit in the late 1970s, and she ultimately enjoyed four No. 1 singles on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play charts. Her other big hit, however, was “Only You,” a ballad that reached No. 11 on the chart back in 1978.
Subsequent years saw Holloway working with the dance band Capella and performing with Marky Mark on the “Good Vibrations” single; she also continued to enjoy royalties from being sampled, with Whitney Houston among the artists using Holloway’s vocals on the track “Million Dollar Bill.” Check out some highlights from her career above and below.