Classics: Loleatta Holloway – Love Sensation (Gold Mind Records)
Here we have go with of the reasons why we described Indamixworldwide as ‘The Disco to House Music Daily Update!’. In other words: ‘Love Sensation’. And this because, like it or not, the bridge between Disco is House is just an evidence at the end…
A quick look back at 1979 and Loleatta Holloway made quite a sensation. This while landing her vocals on Dan Hartman‘s classic ‘Relight My Fire’. Well, the latter would return the favor a few months after. Thus producing ‘Love Sensation’ for her.
No matter what, you’ve all heard ‘Love Sensation’ at least once. Either on its original version featuring Bobby Womack on guitar. This with mixing work courtesy of Tom Moulton. All in all makin’ of it her biggest classic with ‘Hit And Run’. But also ‘Run Away’ which she recorded along with The Salsoul Orchestra.
Sadly enough, ‘Love Sensation’ would see her heavily battling against Italian House act Black Box a few years after. This after they’d embedded her vocals without crediting her on ‘Ride On Time’ back in 1990. Meanwhile, Marky Mark & The Funky Bunch eventually did the same on ‘Good Vibrations’ the year after. Although legally this time…
‘Love Sensation’… For sure!
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.