Loleatta Holloway

Genres: Dance Disco Funk R&B / Soul
Descriptive "tags": disco dance soul funk house club 70s female vocalists 80s Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Biography

5 November 1946, Chicago, Illinois, USA. With her full-bodied gospelized vocals, which lent tremendous energy to her disco recordings, Holloway, as one of the leading disco divas, epitomized like no other singer of her day the transition of African-American popular music from soul to disco in the late 70s. She started in the church singing gospel, and sang with the famed Caravans from 1967-71. She was first recorded by her manager/husband Floyd Smith in Chicago on his Apache label, releasing ‘Rainbow 71’. In 1973, Holloway signed with GRC’s Aware label and achieved a double-sided chart record with ‘Mother Of Shame’/‘Our Love’ (number 43 R&B). These songs came from her debut album, Loleatta, which was recorded in Chicago and Atlanta. ‘Cry To Me’ (number 10 R&B, number 68 pop), a 1975 remake of the Solomon Burke hit, was pure, heartfelt soul and her biggest hit, effectively launching her second album, Cry To...

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