Diane Charlemagne

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Diane Charlemagne
Born(1964-02-22)22 February 1964
Manchester, England
Died28 October 2015(2015-10-28) (aged 51)
GenresElectronica, drum and bass, house, trance, trip hop
Occupation(s)Vocalist, songwriter
Associated acts52nd Street
Urban Cookie Collective
Satoshi Tomiie
High Contrast
WebsiteOfficial website

Diane Charlemagne (22 February 1964 – 28 October 2015[1]) was a British jazz, soul, funk and electronic dance music singer.


Charlemagne was lead singer with 1980s funk band, 52nd Street, having replaced previous lead vocalist Beverley McDonald in 1984. In 1990, 52nd Street re-emerged as Cool Down Zone, with Charlemagne providing vocals as well as having writing credits on all 10 songs on their album New Direction. Later she was lead singer with Urban Cookie Collective, who had two UK Top 10 hits in the 1990s.[1]

Charlemagne provided the vocal for Goldie's "Inner City Life",[2] and performed vocals for Moby for many of his live shows.[1]

In 2006, she collaborated with Scape on the house track and dance chart hit Be My Friend (as D Empress). 2007, she collaborated with High Contrast on his track "If We Ever" for the album Tough Guys Don't Dance. The following year she worked with D:Ream, who had recently re-formed, and in 2011, she collaborated with Aquasky on their dubstep track "Take Me There". In 2012, she collaborated with Netsky on his track "Wanna Die For You" for the album 2, and worked with S.P.Y on his drum and bass track "Hammer in My Heart" for the album What the Future Holds.

In 2014, she again collaborated with S.P.Y on the tracks "Dusty Fingers" and "Back To Basics" for the album Back To Basics Chapter One and then later on "Lost Orbit" and "Frozen" for the album Back To Basics Chapter Two. She also worked with London Elektricity and S.P.Y on the track "I Am Somebody" for the Street Child World Cup.

In 2015 she provided the backing vocals for Ricky Valance's single Welcome Home in aid to raise money for various RAF charities.

After being diagnosed with kidney cancer the previous year, Charlemagne died of the disease on 28 October 2015, aged 51.[1][3]


Singles, albums and EPs[edit]

  • "Can't Afford" by 52nd Street (1984)
  • "Tell Me How It Feels" by 52nd Street (1985)
  • "Last Chance" by 52nd Street (1985)
  • "I Can't Let You Go" by 52nd Street (1986)
  • "Children Of The Night" by 52nd Street (1986)
  • "I'll Return" by 52nd Street (1987)
  • "Are You Receiving Me" by 52nd Street (1988)
  • "Something's Going On" by 52nd Street (1987)
  • "I Will Wait For You" by 52nd Street (1988)
  • "Heaven Knows" by Cool Down Zone (1990)
  • "Timeless"/"Inner City Life" by Goldie (1995)
  • "Come to Me" by Satoshi Tomiie (1998)
  • "Sincerity (part 1&2)" by Satoshi Tomiie (1999)
  • "Inspired" by Satoshi Tomiie (2000)
  • "Troubled Girl" by Master & Hess (Mobin Master & Hess Barber) (2003)
  • "Bullets" by Calibre (2005)
  • "Don't Follow" by Cyantific (2005)
  • "Be My Friend" (as D Empress) with Scape (2006)
  • "Your Love" with 2020 Soundsystem and Pat Fulgoni (2006)
  • "If We Ever" by High Contrast (2007)
  • "Rolling With The Punches" by B-complex (2010)
  • "Wanna Die For You" by Netsky (2012) on 2
  • "I Am Somebody" by Street Child World Cup ft London Elektricity and S.P.Y (2014)
  • "Rebirth" by Taxman (2014)
  • "Superhuman" by 52nd Street (2018)


  1. ^ a b c d Salewicz, Chris. "Diane Charlemagne: Vocalist who rose to fame with Urban Cookie Collective before helping Goldie to change the face of drum'n'bass". The Independent. Retrieved 16 December 2015.
  2. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music. Omnibus Press. p. 2405. ISBN 9780857125958. Retrieved 25 May 2015.
  3. ^ Coultate, Aaron. "RIP Diane Charlemagne". Resident Advisor. Retrieved 28 October 2015.

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