Lance Diamond

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For the professional wrestler, see Simon Diamond.
Lance Diamond performing at Nektar Martini Bar and Grille in Buffalo, New York on June 10, 2007.

Lance Diamond (July 4,[1] year unknown – January 4, 2015) was an American lounge singer and radio personality based in Buffalo, New York, whose career spanned over 40 years.[2]

Career[edit]

Diamond, together with his band the 24 Karat Diamond Band, played many classic rock and disco-era songs. He often called himself the "Love Doctor," getting the name from his radio show, Saturday Night Fever which he hosted Saturday evenings on 96.1 WJYE (now WMSX) featuring love music.[3] His success in Buffalo led him to receive offers to lead shows in Las Vegas, which he declined due to his preference to stay in Buffalo.[3]

Diamond played with the Goo Goo Dolls live, as well as recording with them on the tracks "Down On The Corner", "Never Take The Place of Your Man", "My Girl", "Do You Believe", and "Bitch" (Rolling Stones cover). Diamond and the Goo Goo Dolls performed "Bitch" on the 1993 AIDS-Benefit Album No Alternative produced by the Red Hot Organization. Diamond met Goo Goo Dolls' bassist Robby Takac after Takac moved into the apartment directly below him in a Buffalo apartment building.[4][5][6]

He was deemed Buffalo's "best individual vocalist", "king of charisma" and best "genre-defying act" by Buffalo's ARTVOICE.[7]

In his last years, Diamond was a regular performer in Buffalo's Elmwood Village and performed at Milkie's, a local tavern in Elmwood Village, on a weekly basis until shortly before his death.[2]

Death[edit]

Diamond died on January 4, 2015, a few days after being hospitalized due to heart complications that prevented him from performing his annual New Year's Eve show.[3] As Diamond kept details of his personal life private (to the point where no official obituary was published), his exact age is unknown.

References[edit]

  1. ^ 4th of July: when and where to celebrate. The Buffalo News (June 9, 2010). Retrieved January 9, 2015. “Lance Diamond will headline the Erie Canal Harbor's Independence Day celebration, and it's also his birthday.”
  2. ^ a b Lance Diamond cancels NYE show due to heart complications. WIVB (December 31, 2014); retrieved January 4, 2015.
  3. ^ a b c Local singer Lance Diamond has died. WGRZ (January 5, 2015); retrieved January 5, 2015.
  4. ^ "Lance Diamond". Editorial/Biography. Buffalo Rising. Archived from the original on 2007-02-08. Retrieved 2007-06-10. 
  5. ^ "Goo Goo Dolls FAQ v4.03 (8/3/99)". Goo Goo Dools Frequently Asked Questions. Music Fan Clubs. Retrieved 2007-06-10. 
  6. ^ Violanti, Anthony (June 18, 1993). "Double feature: Lance Diamond and the Goo Goo Dolls at Buffalo Place", The Buffalo News, p. G26.
  7. ^ "Best of Buffalo: Music". Best of Buffalo. ARTVOICE. Retrieved 2007-06-10. 

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