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.
DiedMarch 21, 2011(2011-03-21) (aged 64)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
GenresGospel, soul, disco, dance, garage
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter
Years active1967–2011
LabelsAware, Gold Mind, Salsoul Records
Associated actsAlbertina Walker, Dan Hartman, The Caravans, Inner Life, Salsoul Orchestra, Joe Bataan, Black Box (band), Black Box, Dorothy Norwood, Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch
WebsiteOfficial MySpace page
 
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Loleatta Holloway
Loleatta Holloway.jpg
Background information
Born(1946-11-05)November 5, 1946
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
DiedMarch 21, 2011(2011-03-21) (aged 64)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
GenresGospel, soul, disco, dance, garage
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter
Years active1967–2011
LabelsAware, Gold Mind, Salsoul Records
Associated actsAlbertina Walker, Dan Hartman, The Caravans, Inner Life, Salsoul Orchestra, Joe Bataan, Black Box (band), Black Box, Dorothy Norwood, Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch
WebsiteOfficial 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.

Biography[edit]

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.

Death[edit]

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

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Singles (1971-1980)[edit]

YearSinglePeak positionsAlbum
US
[7]
US Dance
[8]
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"
"Casanova"
1976"Worn Out Broken Heart"Loleatta (3rd album)
"Dreamin'"723
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"1Love Sensation
"I've Been Loving You Too Long"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.

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References[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". Variety.com. Retrieved July 7, 2012. 
  4. ^ Dutch Top 40
  5. ^ "Soul singer Loleatta Holloway dies aged 64". NYPOST.com. 2011-03-22. Retrieved 2012-04-12. 
  6. ^ "Loleatta Holloway Obituary". www.legacy.com. Retrieved 25 April 2014. 
  7. ^ "Loleatta Holloway - US Hot 100". billboard.com. Retrieved 3 August 2014. 
  8. ^ "Loleatta Holloway - US Dance Club Songs". billboard.com. Retrieved 3 August 2014. 

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