Phoebe Snow, the singer/songwriter who gained fame with her 1974 hit single “Poetry Man,” died Tuesday morning in Edison, New Jersey. She was 60, and suffered complications after a brain hemorrhage in January, 2010.
Born Phoebe Ann Laub to white Jewish parents in New York City in 1952, she was nominated for best new artist at the 1975 Grammys after her self-titled debut album and the hit single “Poetry Man” turned the singer into a star. She subsequentyly appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone and as musical guest on “Saturday Night Live”. She later became known as a folk guitarist who made forays into jazz and blues, covering soul classics such as “Shakey Ground,” ”Love Makes a Woman” and “Mercy, Mercy Mercy.” on over a half dozen albums.
Her 1976′ album, Second Childhood, achieved gold status, but subsequent albums found smaller audiences. Through the ’80s and ’90s, Snow continued to occasionally perform, and sang commercial jingles for companies including Michelob, Hallmark and AT& T. She sang the theme for NBC’s “A Different World” and sang at Howard Stern’s wedding, as well as at Camp David for President Bill Clinton.