Disco star Loleatta Holloway dies at 64


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Disco-era songstress Loleatta Holloway, 64, died last night (March 21) after a brief illness. Her passing was confirmed by her manager Ron Richardson , reports Spinningsoul.com.

The singer’s 1980 single “Love Sensation” was a hit on its own, and lived on via several high-profile samples over the years: U.K. group Black Box used it in 1989 for “Ride On Time,” and most notably, hip-hopper turned actor Mark Wahlberg (then Marky Mark) reworked her vocals on his “Good Vibrations.”

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  • Matt

    RIP. You were a wonderful talent!

    • tamika

      Only an ignorant person would make a comment like that. She is someones mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. How would you feel if someone posted something like that about one of your loved ones? In the future, please don’t let everyone know how ignorant you really are. Let us wonder.

      • Dogonb

        Well put Tamika but this person may not even have loved ones from what it sounds like. Loleatta was an unsung DIVA! Her passing wont get the same national media attention as Liz Taylor (I adore Liz too). R.I.P. to both Divas!

      • Leslie

        I love her and LatinoMatch.net was amazing

    • Shimpei

      KingDavidANC on August 24, 2011 Are you rtaleed to Vince from Shamwow?

  • ®ustymustdie

    in other “who gives a crap news” my goldfish died this morning. please send all donations care of fluffy the fish to petland discounts.

    • Bobby’s Robot

      You’re an @$$-troll.

      • ®ustymustdie

        so’s your mom.

      • ftlaudcarl

        What a truly evil thing to say, but remember, karma is a b*!ch. This woman was an icon in the dance world, one of the original “disco queens” and just because you “don’t give a crap” doesn’t mean others don’t. GFY.

      • ftlaudcarl

        Sorry Bobby’s Robot… My comment was obviously meant for ®ustymustdie, but I pressed the wrong reply button.

      • Bobby’s Robot

        “so’s your mom”?? I guess that’s the best you could do with a 4th Grade mentality. Just proves AGAIN what a useless waste you are.

    • blu

      You stupid a$$ I mean really!!! I care she, I have known her almost my whole life! if u dont care dont read it!!!

      • Saqib

        she was quiet and kind of a nerd.I can just image “Stef” stiting by herself in the cafeteria, wearing a “hello kitty” sweater and eating a tuna fish sandwich with the crusts cut off.But with half the guys wanting to Poker Face.

  • eddie

    her music will live on….RIP

  • Chichi

    Ugh, the sheer power of this woman’s voice will be missed.

  • JohnB

    She had an incredible voice. Those who enjoy Dance Music will miss her.

  • brandi

    That’s still so young if you ask me. RIP.

    • Jethro

      And how does Marky Mark Wahlberg feel? She made that song go all the way to number 3 on AT40!

  • jay dox

    spent many hours on the dance floor due to her. good hours. RIP.

  • AD

    Love you Auntie! May God Bless your Soul, and I pray that God will continue to watch over those you left behind to honor your Life and Music. AD

  • Stephanie T.

    Honestly, I never heard of her until I heard Marky Mark, and Black Box’es song from the film “The Cutting Edge”. Wow, what a voice! R.I.P. Lola.

  • PN

    I thought she was a good singer in the disco era of the late 70s and 1980. I thought she deserves just as much attention as Donna Summer and Gloria Gaynor because she had a powerful voice. I liked that Marky Mark brought her to a new audience in 1991 with his summer ’91 hit Good Vibrations. My condolences go out to her family at this time.

    • p

      Auntie Loleatta, I will miss you forever. You will forever be in our hearts. You were truly one of a kind! Your fans know you as a disco queen but I know you for your talent and kind, caring heart. I love you sooooo much!

  • ftlaudcarl

    RIP Loleatta. Hit and Run was one of the first “disco” songs that I loved, actually knew the name of and inspired me to strive to become a club DJ in NY, which I did and continued doing for 20 years. Your music will live on…

    • Tawaf

      Obrigado pela vistia Bella, também tenho muito orgulho de te-la como amiga! Muito obrigado Deus abençoe vc e toda sua familia.

  • jfms777

    How sad. Just thinking about her hit “I May not be here when you want me but I’m right Ontime” yesterday and wondered why I had not heard anything
    about her in awhile. Great great singer.

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  • psb1962

    I loved her sooo much music has lost a true icon!!

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  • Dave Robbins

    I saw Ms. Holloway perform several times in the mid-70’s, at the height of the disco craze. The energy she cranked out could have lit Manhattan for a month. Her work with Dan Hartman brought commercial success and the rest is history. A lifetime of memories provided by a truly gifted individual. My deepest condolences to her family and loved ones. Love Sensation will live on forever!

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