Sadly, the great singer Phoebe Snow died recently. Phoebe grew up in Teaneck, New Jersey and graduated from Teaneck High School.
Phoebe was a marvelous singer with a very distinctive voice and great range. She had a big hit with "Poetry Man" in 1975:
But that year also saw the birth of her daughter, who was born with severe brain damage. Phoebe elected to stay home with her daughter, thus slowing the progress of her career. She did, however, sing on commercials, and sometimes make public appearances and sing with her friends, including Linda Ronstadt (my favorite singer).
Here are Phoebe and Linda singing on Saturday Night Live in 1979:
Wow! Two great singers! Thank God for YouTube!
Here is a very touching interview with Phoebe on "CBS Sunday Morning" in which she talks about her daughter and her career.
There is a charming story by a friend of Phoebe's on The Huffington Post. You can read it here.
You will really be missed, Phoebe . . .