Soulful singer Phoebe Snow, mostly known as a backup singer, is dead.
Snow did have a solo hit, 1975’s Poetry Man. She left public life shortly after her only hit reached number 5 on the charts to care for her disabled daughter.
Snow, who was nominated for best new artist at the 1975 Grammys, died Tuesday morning in Edison, N.J., from complications of a brain hemorrhage she suffered in January 2010, said Rick Miramontez, her longtime friend and public relations representative. She was 60.
Snow’s manager, Sue Cameron, said the singer endured bouts of blood clots, pneumonia and congestive heart failure since her stroke.
“The loss of this unique and untouchable voice is incalculable,” Cameron said. “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, a frequent guest on the Howard Stern Show during the 1980s and early 1990s, performed at the radio host’s 2010 wedding. One thing she did not do, although everyone thinks she did, is background vocals on Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon.
Here she is singing a cover of Paul McCartney’s Every Night.