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Lance Diamond to be honored with trailblazer sign at Elmwood and Utica

Lance Diamond got his start at the lounge at the corner of Elmwood Avenue and West Utica Street, and performed there for decades.

Now that location will be named Lance Diamond Way.

A photograph of the late Lance Diamond adorns the window of Milkie's on Elmwood with the message, "Home of the legendary Lance Diamond," Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016. (Derek Gee/Buffalo News)

A photograph of the late Lance Diamond adorns the window of Milkie's on Elmwood with the message, "Home of the legendary Lance Diamond." (Derek Gee/Buffalo News)

The Common Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a resolution commemorating Diamond with a trailblazing sign outside the former Elmwood Lounge, now Milkie’s on Elmwood, where he performed for much of his 40-year career. Diamond died in January 2015.

[Photo gallery of the legendary Lance Diamond]
The measure now goes to Mayor Byron W. Brown for his approval.

Trailblazing signs don’t replace standard street signs, but honor individuals for their contributions to Buffalo.

“Mr. Diamond was an icon in the musical and cultural community,” said Niagara Council Member David A. Rivera, who introduced the resolution honoring Diamond.

The sign will likely be erected during a ceremony in July, recognizing the singer’s July 4th birthday, Rivera said.

Diamond’s wife requested the date, he said.

Council members spoke of Diamond with admiration. Among them was Council President Darius G. Pridgen, who is also pastor at True Bethel Baptist Church. Pridgen gave the eulogy at Diamond’s funeral.

“Diamonds are forever,” Pridgen said at the eulogy.

Lance Diamond's sister Paulette Counts reacts as the audience gives her brother a standing ovation during his funeral at Kleinhans Music Hall, Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)

Lance Diamond's sister Paulette Counts reacts as the audience gives her brother a standing ovation during his funeral at Kleinhans Music Hall, Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)

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