Rock Flashback: Phoebe Snow

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phoebe snow Rock Flashback: Phoebe Snow

Phoebe Snow, onstage in 2004 (Getty Images/Paul Hawthorne/Staff)

By now you probably know that singer [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Phoebe Snow[/lastfm] died last month at age 60. She’s best known for the 1975 hit single “Poetry Man,” although in the wake of her death, many more people know that she spent a great deal of time caring for her daughter Valerie. Valerie was born in 1975 with severe brain damage and was not expected to live very long. She lived to be 31 years old, however, and Snow’s career, justifiably, never ranked higher than second on the list of the most important things in her life.

For most people (and most radio stations), Snow’s career began and ended with “Poetry Man.” We’d like you to hear some other Phoebe Snow songs.

In the fall of 1975, after “Poetry Man,” she duetted with [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Paul Simon[/lastfm] on “Gone at Last,” a single from his album Still Crazy After All These Years. Here she is with Simon on Late Show With David Letterman in 1993, who also performs “Loves Me Like a Rock”:

In 1977, she charted with a hot version of the [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Temptations[/lastfm]‘ “Shakey Ground.” A 1981 single called “Games” nearly squeaked into the top 40, and its followup, “Mercy Mercy Mercy,” got some airplay too. But that’s it for her singles chart appearances. To get more of the flavor of Snow’s work, we’ve got to go elsewhere. This week in1979, she appeared with [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Linda Ronstadt[/lastfm] on Saturday Night Live, where they duetted on the old R&B song “It’s in His Kiss.”

On the same show, Snow and Ronstadt performed “The Married Men.” In some alternate universe, it was a monster hit that didn’t get off the radio for months, and I’d like to go there.

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