State Senate Honors Legacy of Buffalo Music Icon Lance Diamond

March 04, 2015

Diamond’s Family Joins Senator Tim Kennedy at State Capitol to Pay Tribute to His Accomplishments

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Two months to the day after Buffalo music legend Lance Diamond passed away, Senator Tim Kennedy was joined in Albany by Diamond’s sister Paulette Counts to honor his memory and pay tribute to his contributions to Western New York.

 Kennedy introduced a resolution, which can be read here and watched here, recognizing Diamond’s musical career, which spanned more than four decades. Diamond began his career in 1970, touring the globe and opening for stars such as James Brown and The Righteous Brothers. Nicknamed the Hardest Working Man in Buffalo Show Business, Diamond was inducted into the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame in 1992. His talents weren’t just limited to the stage; he hosted his own Saturday night radio show, was a passionate advocate for the nonprofit Music is Art, and dedicated his time and spirit to working with various civic and charitable organizations.

“In the days following Mr. Diamond’s passing, the Buffalo community celebrated his life through a passionate tribute, with everyone from band members to fellow musicians to fans and friends showing up to say thank you one last time,” said Senator Tim Kennedy. “I feel Albany should pay the same recognition, and I hope today’s resolution only further demonstrates to his family just how appreciative we are to have had him as part of our community.”


Senator Timothy M. Kennedy represents the New York State Senate’s 63rd District, which is comprised of the towns of Cheektowaga, the city of Lackawanna and nearly all of the city of Buffalo. More information is available at