RIP Ms. Holloway

We gays have icons that sometimes become huge stars, the Gagas and the Madonnas. But we also have more obscure icons, those that the general public could never embrace the way we did. Loleatta Holloway was one of those icons.

Her voice was big. Really big. And she too was no small lady. Her “Crash Goes Love” still makes my skin crawl and her “Love Sensation” is just so, so, so good. It is a record that defines that late 70s/early 80s disco meets house sound. It holds up to this day.

Holloway was the voice of Black Box’s 80s hit “Ride on Time” and belted on “Good Vibrations,” Mark Wahlberg’s #1 hit. But she always remained a part of that late 70s scene. That’s where we wanted her. A disco legend, more grit and power than Donna Summer and her sexy ilk. Loleatta just sang and never tried to be anything more.

Loleatta Holoway died yesterday at the age of 64. Go download “Love Sensation” in her honor.