Famed disco singer Loleatta Holloway, whose hits included “Cry to Me” and “Love Sensation,” died from heart failure at a Chicago-area hospital on March 21. She was 64.

According to The Huffington Post, the singer’s manager Ron Richardson first reported the news of her passing.

Born and reared in Chicago, Holloway got her start singing gospel with the Holloway Community Singers and later became a member of the Caravans. She told The New York Times in a 2009 interview that as a child, she was embarrassed to have such a powerful voice at such a young age.

“I never thought of myself as a good singer,” Holloway told the Times. “When I was five years old I started singing in church and I hated my voice because I sounded like a grown woman, not a child. I was ashamed of it.”

By the 1970s, she embarked on a solo career performing secular music. Her first R&B track was “Rainbow ’71,” produced by guitarist Floyd Smith, whom she would later marry, according to the Times. Smith eventually produced her first and second albums, “Loleatta” and “Cry to Me,” respectively.

But the singer’s breakout hit came in the late ‘70s when “Love Sensation” reached No. 1 on the Dance Chart. Holloway’s vocals from this hit were lifted by the Italian group Black Box for their “Ride on Time” track which grew to be a huge success in the United Kingdom. But the group didn’t give Holloway proper credit for her original song, and featured another woman in the video that lip-synced her vocals.

Rapper Marky Mark & the Funky Bunch also sampled the singer’s work for their 1991 hit “Good Vibrations.”

Holloway is survived by four children and nine grandchildren. Funeral arrangements have not yet been released, but Richardson said that her family intends to hold a public memorial service.