The great soul, disco, and house music vocalist Loleatta Holloway has died. She was 64 years old. Early reports of her passing, and notes about her long and prolific career: Spinning Soul, Prefix Mag.
She recorded many great songs, but the candid 1987 a capella spoken word recording embedded above, which she did not consent to, and which was released under shady conditions and re-used by others for profit without benefit for her— is one of my favorite Loleatta recordings. It captures her spirit, and the spirit of the time and place in which she reigned, so perfectly.
Listen to it now, and tell me she's not telling us the truth.
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