Loleatta Holloway, the disco singer best known for her 1980 hit “Love Sensation,” has died at the age of 64. Her manager Ron Richardson confirmed to Spinning Soul that Holloway passed away last night (Mar. 21) following a brief illness.
Born in Chicago in 1946, Holloway began singing in gospel groups like the Holloway Community Singers and the Caravans before signing to Aware Records and releasing her debut album, “Loleatta,” in 1973. In the second half of the 70s, Holloway recorded hit disco singles like “Only You,” “Hit and Run” and “Catch Me on the Rebound,” while her most memorable single, “Love Sensation,” hit No. 1 on the Dance/Club Play Songs chart in 1980.
The singer’s vocals were used on Black Box‘s 1989 hit “Ride on Time,” and she was featured on Marky Mark & the Funky Bunch‘s 1991 Hot 100 No. 1 “Good Vibrations.” Holloway returned to the top of the Dance/Club Play Songs chart twice following the success of “Love Sensation”: in 1998 as a guest on Fire Island‘s “Shout to the Top,” and with her own “Dreamin'” in 2000.