Singer Phoebe Snow Dies at 60

Phoebe Snow, who scored a top 5 hit in 1975 with "Poetry Man," died Tuesday in Edison, N.J., accordingly of complications beginning a brain hemorrhage she suffered previous year, The Associated Press reported. She was 60.

"The loss of this exclusive and safe voice is incalculable," her director, Sue Cameron, said. "Phoebe was one of the brightest, funniest and most brilliant singer-songwriters of all time and, more highly, a wonderful mother to her late brain-damaged daughter, Valerie, for 31 years. Phoebe felt that was her utmost achievement."

Cameron said that Phoebe was overwhelmed by congestive heart failure, blood clots and pneumonia following her bleeding on Jan. 19, 2010.

Valerie, who suffered from an increase of brain fluid called hydrocephalus, died in 2007. Before that, Snow had opted to care for her daughter at home as an alternative sending Valerie to an organization. (Snow's husband left while Valerie was still a baby.) Therefore, Snow put her music on the back burner, though she did release more than a dozen albums during her occupation. Her eponymous first album came out in 1974, and she was selected as Best New Artist at the 1975 Grammys.
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While not accurately a hit-making inspiration, Snow's voice remained a pop culture staple, particularly to TV viewers. She sang the theme for NBC's a special Earth and could be heard singing the Roseanne theme during that show's succession closing moments. She also voiced the General Foods International Coffees' jingle "Celebrate the Moments of Your Life."

Earlier than her stroke, she was scheduling a new album and tour.
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