'Poetry Man' Singer Phoebe Snow Dies at Age 58

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The two-time Grammy Award nominee performed about 50 shows a year before suffering a brain hemorrhage 15 months ago.

Phoebe Snow, the down-to-earth singer-songwriter whose first album in 1974 spawned the top 5 hit "Poetry Man," died Tuesday in Edison, N.J., after suffering a brain hemorrhage 15 months ago. She was 58.

A native of New York, Snow got her start playing Greenwich Village clubs in the early '70s, performing folk and pop, as well as jazz, blues and even torch songs. After she signed with Leon Russell's Shelter label, her self-titled album rose to No. 4 with the big hit "Poetry Man." A tour with Paul Simon followed, and her follow-up album, Second Childhood, went gold as well.
 
The two-time Grammy Award nominee released 16 albums; her most recent was Phoebe Snow Live in 2008. She recorded sporadically in her later years but performed about 50 shows a year before being stricken at her New Jersey home.
 
 
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