Sad news in the music world today. We’ve just found out that the legendary [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Phoebe Snow[/lastfm], who had a huge hit in 1975 with the song Poetry Man, passed away this morning from complications of a brain hemorrhage she suffered in January of 2010. Snow was 58 years old.
In 1975, Snow was a nominee for the GRAMMYs’ new artist of the year, but shortly after Poetry Man had success on the charts, Snow gave birth to her daughter Valerie Rose, who was born with severe brain damage. Snow made the choice to drop out of the musical limelight at that time to care for her daughter.
Snow’s manager, Sue Cameron, had this to say on the passing of Snow:
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 brain-damaged daughter, Valerie, for 31 years. Phoebe felt that was her greatest accomplishment.
Her daughter, who was born with a buildup of fluid on the brain which prevents brain growth, was initially only expected to live several years. Snow told the San Francisco Chronicle in 2008:
My life was her, completely about her, from the moment I woke up to the moment I went to bed at night.
Snow’s silky smooth voice will be greatly missed. Here are some of my favorite Phoebe Snow vocal moments.
Poetry Man- 1975
Although rumors abounded that the “poetry man” in question was [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Jackson Browne[/lastfm], Snow insisted that it wasn’t, and said the only reason people began to associate Browne with her was because she was his touring partner in the early 70′s.