Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Disco icon Loleatta Holloway dies at 64

Soul icon and disco legend Loleatta Holloway has died of heart failure, aged 64. The disco diva sang lead vocals on Black Box's 1989 hit Ride On Time. It spent six weeks at number one in the UK charts.

Ride on Time was a dance-floor classic and her strong, powerful voice continues to keep the disco hit a club classic. She made a total of six studio albums and enjoyed two solo hits with Only You in 1978 and Love Sensation, a year later. However, Italian outfit Black Box sampled her voice on the hit Ride on Time and failed to credit Holloway's contribution. She eventually took out a successful law suit on the band. Model, Catherine Quinol, fronted Black Box during their chart success and the band used her to lip-synch Holloway's powerful soul tones.

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