The vocalist with a haunting voice made famous via her collaborations with David Lynch has died.
Julee Cruise, the vocalist with a haunting voice made famous via her collaborations with director David Lynch, has died at the age of 65. The cause of death has not been revealed, but in 2018 the singer announced she had been diagnosed with lupus.
"She left this realm on her own terms. No regrets. She is at peace," her husband Edward Grinnan shared on Facebook. "I played her [B-52’s song] Roam during her transition. Now she will roam forever. Rest in peace, my love."
Cruise's most famous song was Falling, the Angelo Badalamenti musical composition that served as the theme song for David Lynch's legendary TV show, Twin Peaks. She appeared as a character on the show, singing in the town’s bar, and in its movie spin-off Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me. She also featured in Twin Peaks: The Return, Lynch’s third season of the show, in 2017. Cruise first collaborated with Badalamenti and Lynch for the 1986 movie Blue Velvet.
"It was so much fun to be part of something that just went ba-boom!" Cruise recalled of the Twin Peaks phenomenon in 2017 (via The Guardian). "You really didn’t know it was going to do that."
Cruise's connection to the B-52s goes back to the 1990s, when she toured as a vocalist with the band filling in for original co-vocalist Cindy Wilson when needed.
"Having had such a varied music career she often said that the time she spent as a B filling in for Cindy while she was having a family was the happiest time of her performing life," Grinnan shared. "She will be forever grateful to them. When she first stepped up to the mic with Fred and Kate she said it was like joining the Beatles. She will love them always and never forget their travels together around the world."
Cruise's 1989 album, Falling Into the Night, features both Falling (from Twin Peaks) and Mysteries of Love (from Blue Velvet). Listen to it below.
Julee Cruise | 'Falling’'
Julee Cruise | 'Mysteries of Love'
Watch a clip from Twin Peaks featuring a Julee Cruise performance below.
Julee Cruise | 'Rockin' Back Inside My Heart' [Twin Peaks]
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