This week’s update brings you a track by an artist who sadly passed away only very recently. Loleatta Holloway would surely rank as one of THE most underrated soul singers. Much like Aretha Franklin, Holloway started out at a young age singing in a gospel band that was formed by her mother.
Holloway was well-known for her disco sound and she has been heavily sampled throughout the years (particularly “Love Sensation”). It was this song that brought Holloway back into the media spotlight by virtue of the fact that the lyric was “taken” to form the basis of the smash hit single “Ride On Time” by Black Box. Holloway achieved arguably more fame for the fact that she successfully sued Black Box for using Love Sensation, than what she did during her recording career.
This selection (released in ’71) showcases her incredible voice and shows a completely different sound to the disco style she was noted for.