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Renee Diggs

  • Birth 23 Jun 1954 Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, Maryland, USA
  • Death 18 Mar 2005 Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, Maryland, USA
  • Burial Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, Maryland, USA
  • Memorial ID 10799761

R&B/Disco/Pop Musician. A native of Annapolis, Maryland, Diggs was a member and lead singer of the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s musical group, 'Starpoint.' The group which formed in New York City in 1969, also included Lionel Job, Kayode Adeyemo, George Phillips, Gregory Phillips, Orlando Phillips, and the late Ernesto Phillips (Renee's longtime companion). The group originally called 'Lieyndiana' before Diggs joined included only the Phillips brothers. The group met Renee early in there career and after hearing her wonderful singing voice, they immediately installed her as the group's lead singer, and changed there name to 'Starpoint.' The group began doing rehearsals, writing sessions, and eventually touring and doing other performances, sometimes with the likes of Isley O'Kelly and Luther Vandross. The group were signed to a Polygram Record Label, on the Casablanca/Chocolate City Records in 1980, and together the group recorded four albums on that label. There seventh album, and single, 'Object Of My Desire,' were released in 1985. The album which was recorded on the Elektra/Asylum Label (Warner Brothers Label) sold over 600,000 copies while the single for 'Object Of My Desire,' went gold. They soon followed this up with there Restless tour, but there success and joy was short-lived. During the tour Renee was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, and the rest of the tour was cancelled. The band eventually disbanded. In 1990, Renee returned to music as a solo artist releasing her debut album, "Oasis" on the Capitol Records Label. The album wasn't released by the Capitol Records Label, but it was eventually released in Europe on the Expansion Records Label. Diggs who also worked with the likes of Michael Franks, Cliff Dawson, and James Ingram, founded the Renee Diggs Foundation for Multiple Sclerosis. The longtime companion of fellow bandmate Ernesto Phillips, the two often wrote songs together. Sadly though, Ernesto Phillips passed away in 2004. On March 18, 2005, Renee Diggs herself passed away in her hometown of Annapolis, Maryland, at the age of 50, from complications of underlining of the heart. Other recordings by 'Starpoint' include, 'Let Go,' 'I Got The Love,' 'I'm So Crazy ('Bout You), 'Give Real Love A Try,' 'Behind Your Back,' 'It's So Delicious,' 'Somethin' In Your Eyes,' 'Put Your Love On Me,' and 'Don't Be So Serious,' among many others.





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  • Find A Grave Memorial 10799761
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Renee Diggs (23 Jun 1954–18 Mar 2005), Find A Grave Memorial no. 10799761, citing Hillcrest Memorial Gardens and Chapel Mausoleum, Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, Maryland, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .