Q Lazzarus, Singer of ‘Goodbye Horses,’ Dies at 61

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Diane Luckey, the musician referred to as Q Lazzarus, has died on the age of 61. Luckey is finest recognized for her 1988 observe “Goodbye Horses,” which was prominently featured within the 1990 movie The Silence of the Lambs. The tune was used within the scene the place serial killer Buffalo Invoice eerily talks to himself within the mirror.

A late July obituary printed within the Asbury Park Press mentioned the New Jersey native died on July 19 after a quick sickness. Eva Aridjis, a buddy of Luckey’s, confirmed her demise to Rolling Stone.


Luckey was born on Dec. 12, 1960, in Neptune, N.J. She moved to New York when she was 18 and commenced working at Sigma Sounds Studio as a backup singer. She began performing and recording as Q Lazzarus within the ’80s together with her backup band the Resurrection. Luckey was a proficient multi-instrumentalist and songwriter, taking part in guitar and piano. She additionally toured within the U.Ok. for a number of years.

Whereas working as a taxi cab driver in New York, Luckey picked up director Jonathan Demme. In accordance with Arijdis, Luckey performed a cassette of her personal music within the automotive, and Demme appreciated what he heard. He ended up utilizing a couple of of her recordings in his movies, together with “The Candle Goes Away” (One thing Wild), and “Goodbye Horses” (Married to the Mob, Philadelphia). Luckey additionally appeared in Philadephia, the place she coated the Speaking Heads’ “Heaven.”

Luckey by no means secured a document deal, and following her position in Philadelphia, she disappeared from music and people near her.

Aridjis is making a documentary about Luckey, appropriately titled Goodbye Horses: The Many Lives of Q Lazzarus, which can be launched subsequent yr alongside “an album of songs spanning her whole musical profession.”


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