Julee Cruise, whose wonderful collaborations with David Lynch have elevated projects like “Blue Velvet” and “Twin Peaks,” has passed away at age 65. Her husband, Edward Grinnant, revealed the news on a B-52’s Facebook page, as first reported by The Guardian. Cruise was an occasional touring member of the band, performing as Cindy Wilson’s stand-in from 1992 to 1999.
“For those of you going back, I thought you might want to know that today I said goodbye to my wife, Julee Cruise,” he wrote. “She left this realm on her own terms. No regrets. She is at peace. Because she had such a diverse music career, she often said that the time she filled in as B for Cindy while she had a family was the happiest time of her performance. She will be forever grateful to them. When she first stepped up to the microphone with Fred and Kate, she said it was like joining the Beatles. She will always love them and never forget their travels around the world. I played her Roam during her transition. Now she will roam forever. Rest in peace, my love, and love to you all.”
Cruise was best known for her collaboration with Lynch. Her biggest hit was “Falling”, with music by “Twin Peaks” composer Angelo Badalamenti and lyrics by Lynch. An instrumental version of the song would become the indelible opening theme of ‘Peaks’. She also appeared several times on the show as a singer at the bar and her music was included in the show and its soundtrack.
While Cruise’s name wasn’t as ubiquitous as the show’s central figure, Laura Palmer, her voice and enigmatic character on the show, gave an eerie musical passage to the much-loved series.
As a recording artist, Cruise released four albums between 1989 and 2011. Her debut, “Floating Into the Night,” included “Falling,” which reached number 11 on the US Modern Rock chart in 1990.
That same year, Cruise sang the song on “Saturday Night Live,” replacing Sinéad O’Connor, who withdrew at the last minute in protest against the evening’s guest host, Andrew Dice Clay.
Cruise returned to “Twin Peaks” in 2017 for the highly anticipated third season of the series, which aired on Showtime (the original two seasons were on ABC). Her performance included a performance of the song “The World Spins.”
The following year, she released an EP titled “Three Demos,” featuring the original demo versions of her best-known work, “Falling,” “Floating,” and “The World Spins.”
Cruise’s unique vocal styles have attracted a large number of collaborators over the years, including DJ Dmitry and the bands Hybrid and Delerium. She can also be heard on Handsome Boy Modeling School’s song “Class System”, which was produced by Prince Paul and featuring Pharrell Williams.
Watch Cruise perform “Falling” live below: