'Poetry Man' Singer Phoebe Snow Dies at 60.
Bluesy pop singer and songwriter, Phoebe Snow, died Tuesday morning due to complications from a brain hemorrhage, according to the AP. Snow found fame with her 1970s smooth hit, ‘Poetry Man’ and released her first eponymous record in 1974, for which received a 1975 Grammy nomination for best new artist.
But the soulful singer and guitarist fell out of the spotlight soon after to take care of her disabled daughter — but not before making her mark on the music industry. Snow was able to merge her folk roots with her soulful, jazzy voice and create classic hits like, ‘Love Makes a Woman’ and ‘Mercy, Mercy, Mercy.’ She also sang the intro tune for the show, ‘A Different World.’
The singer’s hemorrhage was not an isolated health issue — Snow also battled numerous blood clots, bouts with pneumonia, congestive heart failure and a stroke.
"The loss of this unique and untouchable voice is incalculable," Snow’s manager, Sue Cameron told the AP. "Phoebe was one of the brightest, funniest and most talented singer-songwriters of all time and, more importantly, a magnificent mother to her late brain-damaged daughter, Valerie, for 31 years. Phoebe felt that was her greatest accomplishment."
Snow chose the career of mother when her daughter was born, rather than continuing her success in the studio. But that did not stop her from letting her passion live on in the form of sporadic collaborations with the likes of Paul Simon, Mavis Staples and Steely Dan’s, Donald Fagen. She also sang at Howard Stern and Beth Ostrosky’s 2008 wedding.
She released her last album, ‘Natural Wonder,’ in 2003 and leaves a legacy that isn’t far off from her final album’s title.