Classics: Loleatta Holloway – Love Sensation (Gold Mind Records)
‘Love Sensation’… Here we have one of the reasons why we described Indamixworldwide as ‘The Disco to House Music Daily Update!’ In other words, because, like it or not, the bridge between Disco is House is undeniable…
Loleatta Holloway made quite a sensation back in 1979. Landing her vocals on Dan Hartman‘s classic ‘Relight My Fire’. Well, the latter would return the favor the year after. Producing ‘Love Sensation’ the year after for her. An instantly recognizable gem featuring Bobby Womack on guitar, with mixing work courtesy of Tom Moulton. And, in the meantime, her biggest classic along with ‘Hit And Run’ and ‘Run Away’.
‘Love Sensation’ would see her heavily battling against Italian House act Black Box. This after they embedded her vocals without crediting her on ‘Ride On Time’ in 1990. Marky Mark & The Funky Bunch eventually doin’ the same on ‘Good Vibrations’ the year after. Although legally this time…
A Chicago, IL native, Loleatta Holloway spent most of her life in the Windy City. She started singing in her teens along with her mom’s group, The Holloway Community Singers. She then joined famed Gospel group The Caravans in the mid-60’s. A couple of years later, she met her future producer, manager, and husband Floyd Smith. Together, they released ‘Rainbow ’71’, a Curtis Mayfield song which Gene Chandler had recorded back in 1963.
Holloway signed a recording contract with Atlanta-based Soul Music label Aware. There, she recorded recorded two albums – ‘Loleatta’ (1973) and ‘Cry To Me’ (1975) – both of them produced by Floyd Smith. The title track from the second album eventually rose to #10 Billboard R&B and #68 on the Hot 100. But before the label could really establish her, it went out of business.
After the Aware label folded, Loleatta switched to Norman Harris‘ Gold Mind label, a subsidiary of New York’s Salsoul Records. There, she delivered a string of Disco classics. From ‘Hit & Run’ produced by Norman Harris with mixing work courtesy of Walter Gibbons. To ‘Run Away’ along with the Salsoul Orchestra. Not to mention ‘Love Sensation’ produced by Dan Hartman with whom she also recorded ‘Relight My Fire’…
She jumped into House vibes back in 1987, releasing the Farley Jackmaster Funk produced ‘So Sweet’ on the then emerging DJ International Records label. Extra recognition coming soon after, after Italian studio project Black Box used her vocal part from ‘Love Sensation’ on ‘Ride On Time’. Holloway, however, didn’t get credited for this, but successfully sued the group, which led to an undisclosed court settlement in her favor. She eventually collaborated with another Italian act by the likes of Cappella with both of them dropping the classic ‘Take Me Away’ in 1992.
Loleata also recorded with producers such as Cevin Fisher, GTS and Fire Island. Eventually sharing the vocal duties with Jocelyn Brown on AgeHA‘s 2003 ‘A Better World’ on King Street.
The posthumous ‘Can’t Let You Go’ is her latest release to date. Written and produced by long time friend Yvonne Turner who happened to sing backing vocals on Loleata Holloway‘s 1992 ‘Strong Enough’ on Active Records.
Loleatta Holloway sadly passed from heart failure on Mar. 21, 2011, aged 64.