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- Posted on Apr 26th 2011 12:30PM by Cameron Matthews
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Though many people may not be familiar with the singer, her Top-Five hit continues to be remembered for its mix of folk, jazz and Snow's incredible voice. The song, from her self-titled debut, helped earn her a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist in 1975. Her next album, 'Second Childhood,' went gold but she never again matched the success of 'Poetry Man.'
According to Associated Press, Snow's manager Sue Cameron had witnessed the singer's decline in health over the past year. "The loss of this unique and untouchable voice is incalculable," she said in a statement. "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's daughter Valerie Rose was born with hydrocephalus, a brain disorder that prevents growth, and Snow largely left music to provide the constant care her child needed. Valerie died in 2007.
Aside from several other solo albums, her most recent being 2003's 'Natural Wonder,' Snow sang on Paul Simon's 'Gone at Last,' performed at Howard Stern's second wedding and recorded the theme song to the NBC sitcom 'A Different World,' among many other high-profile gigs. She was planning a once-a-week residency at New York's City Winery when she had her stroke last year.
Snow is survived by her sister, Julie Laub. Funeral services will be private but a public memorial is expected soon.