Loleatta Holloway dies at 64

Loleatta HollowayLoleatta Holloway, the talented singer best known for the disco hits "Love Sensation" and "Hit and Run" has died at age 64, after an illness. While never reaching the level of crossover success that her talent deserved, she continued to record for decades and won the respect of a cadre of fans as well as her musical peers.

Loleatta HollowayLoleatta Holloway, the talented singer best known for the disco hits "Love Sensation" and "Hit and Run" has died at age 64, after an illness. While never reaching the level of crossover success that her talent deserved, she continued to record for decades and won the respect of a cadre of fans as well as her musical peers.

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 tiny Apache  label, but shortly thereafter, it got picked up for national distribution by  Galaxy Records. Read More about Loleatta Holloway

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