Vocalist Diane Charlemagne dies age 51
Vocalist Diane Charlemagne died of cancer on 28 October. She was 51 years old. Charlemagne is known for her vocals on Goldie’s seminal drum ‘n‘ bass tracks “Inner City Life” and “Kemistry”, both of which appeared on his acclaimed 1995 debut album Timeless. The album celebrated its 20th anniversary this summer.
Born in Manchester, the vocalist and songwriter was a member of the chart rave outfit Urban Cookie Collective, who hit the charts in 1993 with “The Key, The Secret” and “Feels Like Heaven”. She later worked with artists including 4Hero, Doc Scott, Satoshi Tomiie and others.
In a series of tweets, Goldie posted: “So she went into the early morning ... God rest her soul… I cant thank you enough for what you contributed and we will carry on your legacy.” Charlemagne’s final record, a collaboration with Andy Rourke of The Smiths entitled It’s In Your Eyes, is out now on Northern Quarter. All proceeds will go to Charlemagne’s family.