Diane Charlemagne, a singer for Urban Cookie Collective and Moby and whose unforgettable vocals on Goldie’s “Inner City Life” established the song as one of the most iconic drum 'n' bass works of its era, died Wednesday (Oct. 28) after a battle with cancer. She was 51.
Charlemagne was born in Manchester, England and had an early break when, in 1981, her jazz group won a battle of the bands competition. Her R&B group 52nd Street went on to sign with Virgin, and remained on the label's books for much of the decade.
Through the ‘90s and 2000s, she guested and performed with a string of acts, from K-Klass to Dannii Minogue. Charlemagne performed on Urban Cookie Collective’s breakout first two club tracks from 1993, "The Key, The Secret" (Pulse-8 Records), which peaked at No. 2 in the U.K, and "Feels Like Heaven," which reached No. 5.