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Dance Diva Loleatta Holloway Dead at 64

Spinning Soul reports:

Soul and Disco singer Loleatta Holloway died Monday evening following a brief illness. She was 64 years old. Holloway’s death was confirmed Monday by her manager, Ron Richardson.

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Top Philadelphia arranger and producer Norman Harris quickly signed her in 1976 for his new label, Gold Mind. The first release from the album Loleatta was another Sam Dees ballad, Worn-Out Broken Heart, which reached No. 25 R&B, but the B-side, Dreaming, climbed to No. 72 on the pop chart and launched her as a disco act.

Eighteen songs of hers charted on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart, including four No. 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 NO. 11 in 1978.

I will always remember her for Black Box's "Ride on Time" which sampled "Love Sensation" in 1989.

Memories, AFTER THE JUMP...


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  1. Yes, her music and her fabulous voice bring back wonderful memories of youth, full heads of hair and 29 inch waistlines. Good times!

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Mar 22, 2011 10:12:19 AM

  2. Yep...they were good times, great music and sweaty nights dancing till dawn!

    Posted by: tim | Mar 22, 2011 11:58:26 AM

  3. BTW two very Loleatta music selections chosen. Also remember "Hit and Run" by Salsoul maybe 1979. A really good artist!

    Posted by: tim | Mar 22, 2011 12:10:15 PM

  4. :-(

    Posted by: Keith | Mar 22, 2011 1:05:11 PM

  5. May she rest in blissful peace. Many a hot, sweaty night was joyfully passed dancing to Ms. Holloway. Sigh. Life (and time) marches on.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Mar 22, 2011 2:41:36 PM

  6. She was also featured in Marky Mark And The Funky Bunch's "Good Vibrations!" Without her powerful vocals, I doubt it would have been a hit. We'll miss you Loleatta. :(

    Posted by: Alec Sarkas | Mar 22, 2011 2:46:25 PM

  7. Good music ( and now you have an excuse to post the Marky Mark video)

    Posted by: jaragon | Mar 22, 2011 9:14:15 PM

  8. Very sad to pass on at just 64. I love their other songs, "Everybody Everybody" and "Strike It Up," too. By coincidence, I think their lead female singer died in a plane crash just like Aliyah, both at a young age.

    Posted by: Drew | Mar 22, 2011 11:22:32 PM

  9. @DREW:You're mistaken, "Everybody Everybody", and "Strike It Up" feature Marthe Wash.

    Posted by: Beau | Mar 23, 2011 1:29:08 AM

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