Chicago’s Disco Diva Loleatta Holloway Dies

Disco Diva Loleatta Holloway died this week on March 21, 2011 from heart failure. The same day as Liz Taylor’s death.  But there was so much buzz around Liz, most people didn’t even hear about Loleatta’s passing.

She was 64 years old. She is survived by her four children.

She was  very well known for  her disco songs such as “Hit and Run” and “Love Sensation“, both of which have been sampled extensively.

She had a rough time in the 80’s and 90’s.
In the late 1980s, her vocals from “Love Sensation” were used in the hit “Ride on Time” by Black Box.  Holloway, however, was uncredited for her vocals, and both Holloway and her attorneys successfully sued the group, which lead to an undisclosed court settlement in Holloway’s favor. (You may remeber Martha Wash also had sue Black Box.)

Holloway’s fortunes dramatically improved, however, when she had her first US #1 hit when Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch featured her vocals in the chart-topping “Good Vibrations” (1991). Holloway also performed with Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch to promote the single, and she received full vocal credit and a share of the royalties.

HEAR and SEE some of her hits at this Chicago Dj site.

Rest in Peace dear Loleatta.  Your voice will be missed.