Personnel: Loleatta Holloway (vocals); T.J. Tindall, Jon Bishop , Norman Harris, Roland Chambers, Bobby Eli (guitar); Elliott Golub, Everett Mirsky, Americus Mungiole, Don Renaldo, Rudolph Malizia, Jerry Sabransky, Charles Apollonia, Fred Spector, Christine Reeves, Sol Bobrov, Richard Jones , Diane Barnett, Joseph Golan, Ruth Goodman (violin); Anthony Sinagoga, Harold E. Kupper, Davis A. Barnett, Roger Moulton (viola); Romeo Distefano (cello); James Mack, Jack Faith (flute); Robert Hartzell, Eddie Shedosky, Rocco Bene, Lionel Bordelon (trumpet); Joseph DeAngelis, Gene Chausow, Milton Phibbs, Jeffrey Kirschen, Bill Klingelhoffer (French horn); Morris Ellis, Fred Jointer, Roger DeLillo, Tillman Buggs, Robert Moore , Richard Genovese (trombone); Henry Gibson , Carlton "Cotton" Kent, T.G. Conway, Ron Kersey, Tennyson Stephens (keyboards); Vince Montana, Vincent Montana, Jr. (vibraphone); Earl Young, Quinton Joseph (drums); Master Henry Gibson, Larry Washington (congas); Evette Benton, Barbara Ingram, Carla Benson (background vocals).
Recording information: Paragon Recording Studios, Chicago, IL; Paragon Studios, Chicago, IL; Sigma Sound Studios, Philadelphia, PA.
Photographer: Hank Dunning.
Arrangers: Talmadge Conway; Norman Harris; Ron Baker; Bruce Hawes.
Originally issued in March 1977, Loleatta was the singer's debut release for Philly soul guitarist Norman Harris' Goldmine label distributed by NY-based Salsoul Records. It was both produced in Chicago by her husband Floyd Smith and in Philadelphia through Baker-Harris-Young Productions. The LP boasted Holloway's highest-charting R&B single, the Sam Dees ballad "Worn Out Broken Heart," and the dance classics "Hit and Run" and "Dreamin'." The former has two extended alternate "jam session" takes that are found on the original 12" pressings baring the Goldmind logo. One of the takes is on Original Salsoul Classics: The 20th Anniversary and is sometimes found on CD reissues of the LP. Another passion-soaked ballad, "What Now," a Curtis Mayfield song, received radio play as an album track. The upbeat "We're Getting Stronger (The Longer We Stay)" has a smokin' rhythm break. A Satoshi Tomiie remix of "Dreamin'" issued by Salsoul/The Right Stuff/EMI topped Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart on December 9, 2000. ~ Ed Hogan