Loleatta Holloway

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Loleatta Holloway
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Background information
Born (1946-11-05)November 5, 1946
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Died March 21, 2011(2011-03-21) (aged 64)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Genres Gospel, soul, disco, dance, garage
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Years active 1967–2011
Labels Aware, Gold Mind, Salsoul Records, DJ International Records, The Right Stuff Records
Associated acts Albertina Walker, Dan Hartman, The Caravans, Inner Life, Salsoul Orchestra, Joe Bataan, Black Box, Dorothy Norwood, Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch
Website Official MySpace page

Loleatta Holloway (November 5, 1946 – March 21, 2011) was an American singer, mainly known for disco songs such as "Hit and Run" and "Love Sensation", both of which have been sampled extensively.


Holloway began singing gospel with her mother in the Holloway Community Singers and recorded with Albertina Walker in the Caravans gospel group. Holloway was also a cast member of the Chicago troupe of Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope. Around this time, she met her future producer, manager, and husband Floyd Smith, and recorded "Rainbow ’71" in 1971, a Curtis Mayfield song that Gene Chandler had recorded in 1963. It was initially released on the Apache label, but was picked up for national distribution by Galaxy Records.

In the early 1970s, Holloway signed a recording contract with the Atlanta-based soul music label Aware, part of the General Recording Corporation (GRC), owned by Michael Thevis. Holloway recorded two albums for the label, both of them produced by Floyd Smith — Loleatta (1973) and Cry to Me (1975). Her first single from the second album, the ballad, "Cry to Me" rose to #10 Billboard R&B and #68 on the Hot 100, but before the label could really establish Holloway, it went out of business.

Top Philadelphia arranger and producer Norman Harris signed Holloway in 1976 for his new label, Gold Mind, a subsidiary of New York's Salsoul Records. The first release from the album Loleatta was another Sam Dees ballad, "Worn Out Broken Heart," which reached #25 R&B, but the B-side, "Dreaming," climbed to #72 on the pop chart and launched her as a disco act.

She contributed vocals to "Re-Light My Fire" for Dan Hartman, who then wrote and produced the title track of her fourth and final album for Gold Mind, "Love Sensation" (1980). 18 of her songs charted on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart, including four #1s. However, it was a ballad that proved to be another big R&B hit for her. "Only You" was written and produced by Bunny Sigler, who also sang with Holloway on the track, and it reached #11 in 1978.

In the early 1980s, she had another dance hit with "Crash Goes Love" (#5 on the U.S. Dance chart, #86 on the US R&B Chart). She also recorded one single, "So Sweet," for the fledgling house-music label DJ International Records. In the late 1980s, her vocals from "Love Sensation" were used in the UK #1 hit "Ride On Time" by Black Box.[1] Holloway, however, was uncredited for her vocals [2] and Holloway successfully sued the group, which led to an undisclosed court settlement in Holloway's favor.

In 1992, she also had a hit with dance band Cappella. There, she appeared billed as Cappella featuring Loleatta Holloway on the single "Take Me Away" (UK #25). 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). According to Andrew Barker in Variety (March 22, 2011), Holloway also performed with Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch to promote the single and she received full vocal credit as well as a share of the royalties.[3] This was shortly after the backlash against various acts being caught lip-synching, mainly Milli Vanilli and the groups that used the vocals of Martha Wash, but refused to give her credit until she sued.

More recent dance chart entries included "What Goes Around Comes Around" (credited to "GTS Featuring Loleatta Holloway") in 2000, and "Relight My Fire" (credited to Martin featuring Holloway), which hit #5 in 2003. Whilst not a single, "Like a Prayer", a Madonna cover, was a track on the Madonna tribute album Virgin Voices. "Love Sensation '06," peaked at #22 in the Dutch Top 40,[4] and reached #37 on the UK Singles Chart as well as #49 in Australia.


Holloway died aged 64 on March 21, 2011 from heart failure. She is survived by her four children.[5][6]


Studio albums[edit]

  • Loleatta (Aware 1973)
  • Cry To Me (Aware 1975)
  • Loleatta (Gold Mind 1977)
  • Queen of the Night (Gold Mind 1978)
  • Loleatta Holloway (Gold Mind 1979)
  • Love Sensation (Gold Mind 1980)
  • Greatest Hits (The Right Stuff/EMI, 1996)
  • Queen of the Night: the Ultimate Club Collection (The Right Stuff/EMI, 2001)
  • Loleatta Holloway: The Anthology (Salsoul, 2005)

Singles (1971-1980)[edit]

Year Single Peak positions Album
US Dance
1971 "Bring It On Up / Rainbow "71"" single only
1973 "Mother Of Shame" Loleatta (1st album)
1974 "Help Me My Lord" Cry To Me
"Cry To Me" 68
1975 "I Know Where You're Coming From"
1976 "Worn Out Broken Heart" Loleatta (3rd album)
"Dreamin'" 72 3
1977 "Hit And Run" 11
"We're Getting Stronger"
1978 "Catch Me On The Rebound" Queen Of The Night
"Only You" 87
"I May Not Be There When You Want Me (But I'm Right On Time)"
1979 "The Greatest Performance Of My Life" Loleatta Holloway
1980 "Love Sensation" 1 Love Sensation
"I've Been Loving You Too Long"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.
  • "Cry to Me" (#10 R&B, #68 US Billboard Hot 100) (1975)
  • "Worn Out Broken Heart" (#25 R&B) (1976)
  • "Dreamin'" (US #72, US Dance #3) (1977)
  • "Hit and Run" (#3 US Dance), (#56 US R&B) (1977)
  • "Runaway" with The Salsoul Orchestra (1977)
  • "Catch Me On The Rebound" (#16 US Dance) (1978)
  • "I May Not Be There When You Want Me (But I'm Right on Time)" (1978)
  • "Only You" with Bunny Sigler (#87 US, Billboard Hot 100, #11 US R&B) (1978)
  • "The Greatest Performance of My Life" (1979)
  • "All About the Paper" (1979)
  • "Vertigo/Relight My Fire" (with Dan Hartman) (1979)
  • "Love Sensation" (#1 US Dance) (1980)
  • "Seconds" with The Salsoul Orchestra (1982)
  • "Crash Goes Love" (#5 US Dance), (#86 US R&B) (1984)
  • "So Sweet" (1987)
  • Black Box - "Ride On Time" (#1 UK; contains vocal samples from "Love Sensation" - Holloway's vocals are also the only vocals on the track; also Britain's best selling single of 1989)
  • Marky Mark (aka Mark Wahlberg) & The Funky Bunch - "Good Vibrations" (#1 US, #14 UK; prominently features Holloway's vocals sampled from "Love Sensation." This was Holloway's only US #1 on the Billboard Hot 100) (1991)
  • Cappella featuring Loleatta Holloway - "Take Me Away" (#25 UK; contains vocal samples from "Love Sensation") (1992)
  • "Strong Enough" (1992)
  • Latin Swing featuring Loleatta Holloway - "Gotta Be #1" (#2, US Dance) (1992)
  • "Stand Up!" (new track using vocals from "Dreamin'", produced by Johnny Vicious) (1994)
  • "The Queen's Anthem" (new track using vocals from "I May Not Be There When You Want Me", produced by Johnny Vicious) (1994)
  • "I Survived" (UK-only release, produced by Johnny Vicious) (1994)
  • Dan Hartman starring Loleatta Holloway - "Keep the Fire Burnin'" (#49 UK) (1995)
  • Fire Island featuring Loleatta Holoway - "Shout to the Top!" (#23 UK) (1998)
  • Cevin Fisher featuring Loleatta Holloway - "(You Got Me) Burning Up" (#14 UK; contains vocal samples from "Love Sensation") (1999)
  • "Dreamin'" (remix) (#1, US Dance, #59 UK) (2000)
  • GTS featuring Loleatta Holloway - "What Goes Around Comes Around" (2000)
  • AgeHa featuring Loleatta Holloway & Jocelyn Brown - "A Better World" (2003)
  • "Love Sensation '06" (#37 UK) (2006)
  • "Don't Leave Me this Way - 2007" (2007 Deep Influence Mix)
  • "I-N-S-I-D-E" by CJ TOBA feat Loleatta Holloway (2009 DJ Remix of "Dreamin'," which reached success in DJ/Club Charts)

Video games[edit]

TV series[edit]

  • Re-Micks (2011) - Herself (archive footage)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Sounds of 1989: Eurodance BBC
  2. ^ Tobler, John (1992). NME Rock 'N' Roll Years (1st ed.). London: Reed International Books Ltd. p. 461. CN 5585. 
  3. ^ Barker, Andrew (March 22, 2011). "Loleatta Holloway, soul singer, dies". Retrieved July 7, 2012. 
  4. ^ Dutch Top 40
  5. ^ "Soul singer Loleatta Holloway dies aged 64". 2011-03-22. Retrieved 2012-04-12. 
  6. ^ "Loleatta Holloway Obituary". Retrieved 25 April 2014. 
  7. ^ "Loleatta Holloway - US Hot 100". Retrieved 3 August 2014. 
  8. ^ "Loleatta Holloway - US Dance Club Songs". Retrieved 3 August 2014. 

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