R.I.P. Diane Charlemagne

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Diane Charlemagne, who became known in the ’90’s for her work with drum and bass star Goldie, passed yesterday of cancer at age 51. The British native started her career in the ’80’s with the R&B group, 52nd Street who had a US hit with “Tell Me (How It Feels).” She had success again in the early ’90’s with Urban Cookie Collective who had two Top Ten UK hits. But she mostly associated wth her contribution to fellow Brit Goldie’s seminal drum and bass album Timeless. Her addition to “Inner City Life” took the song beyond regular drum and bass listeners and made it a classic that has already lived beyond its era. Charlemagne’s last song, “It’s In Your Eyes” featuring Andy Rourke will be released November 20th.