64-year-old singer Loleatta Holloway has died after slipping into a coma late Monday evening (Mar. 21). According to the Associated Press, Halloway died of heart failure at a suburban Chicago hospital. She was a legendary disco and gospel singer, known for the 1980 hit “Love Sensation.”
Born in Chicago on November 5, 1946, Holloway produced nine studio albums from 1973 thru 2005. Her songs graced the US Billboard, US Dance, US R&B and UK billboards, with acclaimed hit âLove Sensation’ (1980) owning the #1 spot on US Dance, âHit and Run’ (1977) reaching #3 on US Dance, âCrash Goes Love’ (1984) rising to #5 on US Dance, âGotta Be’ capturing #1 and #2 spots on US Dance, âRide on Time’ (1989) earning the #1 rank on UK, and âCry to Me’ ascending to #10 on US R&B.
Her vocals were sampled by Black Box for the 1989 hit “Ride on Time” and by Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch for the song “Good Vibrations” in 1991.
Funeral arrangements are pending, but her family plans to hold a public memorial.