ITALO DEVIANCE: One of the best Disco voices passed away..R.I.P. L...:
As posted from "Digital Spy"
Loleatta Holloway has died at the age of 64.
According to SpinningSoul, manager Ron Richardson confirmed that the singer passed away yesterday after a brief illness.
Richardson linked to the story from his official Twitter page, adding, "RIP Loleatta Holloway". He had previously posted messages about her health and had thanked fans for their support.
Holloway started as a gospel singer before moving into soul and then disco. She was best known for hits including 'Hit and Run', Salsoul Orchestra's 'Runaway' and 'Love Sensation', which was later heavily sampled by Black Box for the first mix of their 1989 hit 'Ride On Time'.
The track was also used by Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch for their 1991 single 'Good Vibrations', which credited Holloway as a featured artist.
She also performed on Dan Hartman's original version of 'Relight My Fire', which was later covered by Take That with Lulu. Holloway appeared with the band to sing her part on their 'Circus' tour and features on the live document The Greatest Day.
A number of musicians have paid tribute to Hollway on Twitter since news of her death broke.
Boy George wrote: "God rest your soul Loleatta Holloway, you were the greatest voice and I loved you! R.I.P."
DJ Gilles Peterson added: "Loleatta Holloway RIP ... a total soul and disco legend." Fellow DJ Kissy Sell Out commented: "R.I.P. Loleatta Holloway - a rare talent who held such extraordinary importance to the history & influence of house music xxxxxxx"
What a great loss for all music lovers.