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Ride On Time

March 27, 2011

Loleatta Holloway died at the young age of 64.

She was a gospel singer, and then soul/disco, but she was really best known for the song “Ride On Time” by Black Box, where she (unwittingly and unwillingly) supplied the crazy soaring vocals over a house/disco beat. A true guilty pleasure kind of song.

Digital sampling was in its infancy when the Italian production team Groove Groove Melody used Holloway’s sound from Love Sensation for Ride On Time, which stayed at No 1 in Britain for six weeks. The sample was taken without permission, Holloway sued and settled out of court. However, she remained resentful, recalling that “there was a venue that had Black Box one night and then me the next week as ‘the voice of Black Box’ and they paid them more than me!”

The success of Ride On Time encouraged legitimate sampling of Holloway. In 1991, Love Sensation was again mined for the US No 1, and UK top 20, hit Good Vibrations by Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch, with the future actor Mark Wahlberg.

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