’70s singer/songwriter Phoebe Snow dies aged 60

Acclaimed, multi-octave singer passes away

Singer Phoebe Snow, who achieved acclaim in the 1970s, has died aged 60.

She gained plaudits and fame with the release of her self-titled 1974 album which included the hit single ‘Poetry Man’.

Following its release she made the cover of Rolling Stone, appeared on Saturday Night Live and was nominated for a Grammy.

However, her later career never matched the commercial success of her early work. She was also preoccupied when in 1975 her daughter Valerie was born with severe brain damage.

In 2008 she told the San Francisco Chronicle: “Occasionally I put an album out, but I didn’t like to tour and they didn’t get a lot of label support. But you know what? It didn’t really matter, because I got to stay home more with Valerie and that time was precious.”

Snow died on Tuesday (April 19) in New Jersey, her representative Rick Miramontez told the LA Times. Although no details were given, it is believed she never fully recovered after suffering a brain haemorrhage in January 2010.