Goodbye Horses Singer Q Lazzarus: Diane Luckey Passed Away
Sadly, we learned that Diane Luckeyon passed away on August 18, 2022. She was known as Q Lazzarus whose 1988 song “Goodbye Horses” became a cult classic after being prominently featured in a scene from ‘The Silence of the Lambs.’
Please keep her family and friends in your prayer.
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For those of you who may wonder, some of her songs were featured in other films directed by Demme. After a while, she disappeared from the public eye which occurred in the mid-1990s.
Q was working as a taxi driver in New York City to make a living in the 1980s, at the same time she was making music as part of her band Q Lazzarus and the Resurrection.
Q Lazzarus and the Resurrection was made up of:
- Diane Luckey,
- songwriter William Garvey,
- backup singer Gloriana Galicia,
- Janice Bernstein,
- and Mark Barrett
Lazzarus was working in Chelsea as a live-in housekeeper by 1985, and au pair for an English businessman named Swan, according to Galicia. At that point, the band would record vocal harmonies on cassette at Swan’s house.
Lazzarus also had a number of other day jobs at the time. The talented singer was repeatedly turned away by record companies. Those companies insisted they could not market her because of the dreadlocks she wore.
Q played filmmaker Jonathan Demme her demo tape after picking up Demme in her taxi during a blizzard and asking him in case he was in the music business. To that song, he replied, “Oh my God, what is this and who are you?”
Then, her song named “Candle Goes Away” was included in Something Wild, Demme’s 1986 film. It is stated that the singer moved to the United Kingdom to form an Aerosmith-style rock band in the late 1980s.
Born Diane Luckey, the artist had her music prominently featured in four Jonathan Demme movies; however, the unfortunate part is that she was never able to get a full-fledged music career off the ground.
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Eva Aridjis Mourns The Loss Of Her Good Friend, Diane Luckey
Aridjis shared that she is planning on releasing her film, Goodbye Horses: The Many Lives of Q Lazzarus, in 2023. Based on her recent interview, the film contains numerous stories from Luckey about her years underground and the dozens of crazy experiences she’d had.
According to what Aridjis has shared, Luckey gave her a huge sack of cassette tapes including music recorded during her time in NYC and London during the 80s and 90s.
These songs have never been released before, however, there are so many good ones in various genres. As Eva Aridjis, the Mexican filmmaker said, many of these songs will be appeared in the movie and on the soundtrack.
Eva added that her good deceased friend had spent the past 20-plus years driving cars and buses while she couldn’t wait to return to making music.
In case you didn’t know, Eva Aridjis is a Mexican-American filmmaker, who has made many prize-winning short and feature-length films.
She’s currently focused on making a documentary about the singer Q Lazzarus. The diseased artist mysteriously disappeared for 27 years.
Also, Eva is developing two episodic series of her own:
- Pachucos (formerly named Sleepy Lagoon), a scripted series about Mexican-American zoot suiters in LA during World War II
- Mexistory, a 6-part docuseries about the history of Mexican-Americans in the United States, from 1821-2021
The documentary Chuy, El hombre Lobo (Chuy, The Wolf Man), which is considered to be her fifth feature-length film, is showing a story about a Mexican family with congenital hypertrichosis. In 2015, the documentary was screened in movie theaters all over Mexico as it received numerous good reviews.
Aridjis has shared via email that Luckey turned out to be one of my closest friends over the past three years. They get close each day till they became in touch almost daily, talking about the film or her music, talking about their lives and everyday matters.
The successful filmmaker expressed that Diane was not jaded at all besides experiencing such hard life. Eva described her good friend as a person who was full of enthusiasm, passion, humor, and full of plans.
At the time of her death, we were planning a comeback concert with some of her original bandmates,” she shared. Aridjis tribute by saying that she’s heartbroken knowing she will not be able to see her ever again as her close friend.
The Blue Eyes‘ filmmaker referred to her as a friend who had a spirit that was truly unique and irreplaceable, not just for her close friends and family in their daily lives but to the creative community as a whole.
“As her collaborator, I am now more determined than ever to get her incredible story and amazing music out into the world. The film will no longer end with her comeback concert and her resurrection, but I am glad that the world will still get to hear her story, in her own words and through her own songs, a precious task which she entrusted me with and which I will be forever grateful for.”Eva Aridjis Expressed
Diane Luckey Passed Away Without Being Able To Return to Making Music
Diane Luckey passed away at 59. Nothing yet has been revealed to clarify what caused the such loss. No health issues or deadly disease was found in the background; although, On August 19, reliable sources mentioned that the artist lost her life to a short illness.
A fan wrote: “Diane Luckey, Singer-Songwriter Behind Q Lazzarus’ ‘Goodbye Horses’ (a cult classic after being prominently featured in a scene from the 1991 film “The Silence of the Lambs”) has died. RIP.”
Written and produced by Garvey, her most famous song, “Goodbye Horses” was released in 1988. That same year, the song was included in Demme’s film Married to the Mob.
Later on, it turned out to be a cult hit following its inclusion in a scene from Demme’s 1991 film The Silence of the Lambs in which the film’s antagonist, serial killer Buffalo Bill was featured.
Soon after that, the beloved singer made an appearance in Demme’s next film, 1993’s Philadelphia,. In that movie, she performed a cover of the Talking Heads song “Heaven”.
Like it’s mentioned above, Q Lazzarus and the Resurrection disbanded and Luckey disappeared from the public eye in 1996. A fan said to have made contact with Luckey, claiming that she had been working as a bus driver in Staten Island.
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