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Apr262011

Phoebe Snow Dead at 60

Andrew Lepley/Redferns(NEW YORK) -- Phoebe Snow, the singer best known for her 1975 hit "Poetry Man," has died of complications from a brain hemorrhage she suffered last year.  She was 60. 

Though her talent was widely praised, the singer, songwriter and Grammy nominee essentially put her solo career on hold to care for her daughter, Valerie, who was born with brain damage in 1975 and who passed away in 2007.

In a statement, Snow's manager Sue Cameron said, "The loss of this unique and untouchable voice is incalculable. Phoebe was one of the brightest, funniest and most talented singer-songwriters of all time and, more importantly, a magnificent mother to her late daughter...Valerie, for 31 years. Phoebe felt that was her greatest accomplishment.”

In addition to "Poetry Man," Snow's other big hit was "Gone at Last," which she recorded with Paul Simon.  In addition to Simon, over the years, she worked with artists ranging from Billy Joel, Queen, Cyndi Lauper and Bonnie Raitt to Linda Ronstadt, Michael Bolton, Jackson Browne and Steely Dan's Donald Fagen, with whom she toured.   Snow's voice could also be heard on the theme for the NBC series A Different World, and on the "Celebrate the moments of your life" jingle for General Foods International Coffees.

At the time of her stroke in January of 2010, Snow was preparing to do a one-night-per-week stand at a New York venue, and had completed recording a number of songs.  Cameron said in a statement, "She was really excited about everything...2010 was going to be the year she had everything creatively that she ever wanted."

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