I was devastated to hear about the passing of Loleatta Holloway this morning, who died of a heart failure at the age of 64. As one of the most distinctive voices of disco, Loleatta provided many, including myself, the soundtrack to many wonderful nights, with her voice leaving dance floors shaking and inspired. Best known for the extensively sampled 1980 hit ‘Love Sensation’ and many a Salsoul standard, Holloway’s powerful and unforgettable voice forged a memorable and magical chapter in dance music history.

So here’s to you Loleatta, there’ll never be another like you.

Loleatta Holloway (November 5, 1946 – March 21, 2011)