Urban Cookie Collective Singer, Moby Collaborator Diane Charlemagne Dies At 51

Robbie Daw | October 29, 2015 11:23 am

British singer Diane Charlemagne died Wednesday (October 28) at the age of 51 following what her representatives stated was a brave battle with cancer.

Charlemagne had quite a storied career that saw her involvement with many different music acts, ranging from Manchester R&B group 52nd Street in the 1980s to Eurodance outfit Urban Cookie Collective and drum and bass producer Goldie in the 1990s. She also appeared on tours with Moby as a featured vocalist.

Charlemagne’s biggest hits were Urban Cookie Collective’s back-to-back 1993 smashes “The Key, The Secret” and “Feels Like Heaven,” which peaked at #2 and #5, respectively, on the UK chart and appeared on various US dance music compilations. She also provided vocals on Goldie’s 1994 single “Inner City Life.”

Most recently, Diane recorded “In Your Eyes,” a track featuring instrumentation by Andy Rourke of The Smiths and Simon Wolstencroft of The Fall. Remixed by Youth (Dido, Marilyn Manson, Erasure), “In Your Eyes” has a single release date of November 20, with all proceeds going to Charlemagne’s family, per a press release.