LOLEATTA HOLLOWAY was a very "strong" but "fragile" woman, according to her manager Ron Richardson.
LOLEATTA HOLLOWAY, the American disco legend who passed away earlier this week at the age of 64, was "fragile", despite her strong personality, says her manager.
Speaking to BBC 6 Music after news of Holloway's death had begun to circulate yesterday (22nd March 2011), Richardson said, "She was a very strong, powerful woman, but she was sweet at the same time. She was also very fragile, which a lot of people didn't know". The singer, perhaps best known for her track 'Love Sensation', rose to prominence in the UK after the dance-act Black Box sampled her vocals for their number-one track 'Ride on Time'. The song became controversial after it emerged that the band had sampled Holloway's vocals without permission and the American singer successfully sued the group. Giles Peterson, the Radio 1 DJ and co-founder of the Acid Jazz label, spoke of his appreciation for Holloway and in particular her track 'Hit and Run', saying, "That needs to get played again, because that really takes the soul, the emotion, the disco - everything about Loleatta Holloway is in that one song".
LOLEATTA HOLLOWAY is survived by her four children and nine grandchildren. A public memorial is due to be held at Rev. Jesse Jackson's church in Chicago in the near future.