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Snowboarder Bo
04-26-2011, 10:11 AM
Phoebe Snow passed away (http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_OBIT_PHOEBE_SNOW?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2011-04-26-10-56-54). She had a great voice and was by all accounts just a terrific human being.

Poetry Man (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7OxTVxGhHFM) performance from 1989.

RIP

WordMan
04-26-2011, 10:41 AM
I knew she had health problems throughout her life, but didn't know she'd passed.

What a wonderful talent.

Biffy the Elephant Shrew
04-26-2011, 10:45 AM
What! First Poly Styrene and now this. Sad day.

Le Ministre de l'au-delà
04-26-2011, 10:47 AM
It was my sister, who introduced me to jazz, who first put some Phoebe Snow on the turntable and said 'You might like this'. She was absolutely right - what a beautiful performer!

ministryman
04-26-2011, 10:49 AM
I remember her and Linda Rondstadt performing a duet (on SNL IIRC)....amazing....sorry to hear of her passing...


Aha! I think it found it!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDk_lroqZkY&feature=related

Biffy the Elephant Shrew
04-26-2011, 11:01 AM
I remember her and Linda Rondstadt performing a duet (on SNL IIRC)....amazing....sorry to hear of her passing...

Aha! I think it found it!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDk_lroqZkY&feature=related

I thought it would be this one, with Robert Fripp providing Frippertronics accompaniment (in the shadows, of course).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ov3OCrNiZ_4

gwendee
04-26-2011, 11:12 AM
I was sorry to hear this. I've long enjoyed her unique voice. Besides liking her solo work, the NY Rock & Soul Revue album is one of my go to cheer up CDs.

Roger Ebert tweeted that her death was the result of medical error, but none of the stories I've looked at support that.

Godspeed to her.

needscoffee
04-26-2011, 11:31 AM
I remember her and Linda Rondstadt performing a duet (on SNL IIRC)....amazing....sorry to hear of her passing...


Aha! I think it found it!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDk_lroqZkY&feature=relatedI always liked this SNL duet with Linda Rondstadt (The Married Men) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ov3OCrNiZ_4).

PapSett
04-26-2011, 01:42 PM
I heard this earlier and it really saddens me. She had a one of a kind, beautiful voice. RIP, Phoebe.

lieu
04-26-2011, 01:50 PM
I've had Poetry Man in my mind since hearing this, all day today now, and it just never gets tiresome. Such a beautiful, rich voice.

She was in a coma since January of 2010? Geez, that's a really sad thing to happen to someone so giving.

Skammer
04-26-2011, 02:16 PM
My first thought was, "Didn't the Erie Lackawanna Railroad retire Pheobe Snow (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pheobe_Snow) a long time ago? But then you all had me confused. No, there is another.

Mauvaise
04-26-2011, 02:27 PM
My mother had this album and I listened to it constantly growing up. This was my favourite song of hers. R.I.P. Phoebe Snow. :(

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0SESmndcKI0&feature=share

Snowboarder Bo
04-26-2011, 02:36 PM
I've had Poetry Man in my mind since hearing this, all day today now, and it just never gets tiresome. Such a beautiful, rich voice.

She was in a coma since January of 2010? Geez, that's a really sad thing to happen to someone so giving.

"Giving" doesn't even come close.

Soon after that, her daughter was born. She was born with hydrocephalus, a buildup of fluid in the brain cavity that inhibits brain development. Snow's husband, musician Phil Kearns, left her while Valerie was still a baby.
Snow never regretted her decision to put aside music so she could focus on Valerie's care. She was devastated when her daughter, who was not expected to live beyond her toddler years, died in 2007 at 31.

"She was my universe," she told the website PopEntertainment.com that year. "She was the nucleus of everything. I used to wonder, am I missing something? No. I had such a sublime, transcendent experience with my child. She had fulfilled every profound love and intimacy and desire I could have ever dreamed of."

My first thought was, "Didn't the Erie Lackawanna Railroad retire Pheobe Snow (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pheobe_Snow) a long time ago? But then you all had me confused. No, there is another.

In fact, that's where she got her stage name.

Snow was born Phoebe Ann Laub to white Jewish parents in New York City in 1950, and raised in Teaneck, N.J. Though many assumed she was black, Snow never claimed African-American ancestry.

She changed her name after seeing Phoebe Snow, an advertising character for a railroad, emblazoned on trains that passed through her hometown.

janis_and_c0
04-26-2011, 03:04 PM
I knew of her from this song (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=leWjp_CFt50).
Whatta Voice!
RIP

Annie-Xmas
04-26-2011, 03:06 PM
My first thought was, "Didn't the Erie Lackawanna Railroad retire Pheobe Snow (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pheobe_Snow) a long time ago? But then you all had me confused. No, there is another.

Cecil's column (http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/291/who-was-phoebe-snow) seems somewhat appropriate right now.

astorian
04-26-2011, 03:15 PM
I remember her and Linda Rondstadt performing a duet (on SNL IIRC)....amazing....sorry to hear of her passing...





Phoebe and Linda's recording session had an interesting postscript.

After they finished recording "Married Men", they heard that Billy Joel was in the studio next door working on his new "The Stranger" album. They visited him, and found him arguing with his band about "Just the Way You Are."

Billy's band HATED that song, especially drummer Liberty DeVito. They thought of themselves as a rock band, and thought "Just the Way You Are" was embarrassingly lame. Phoebe listened to it and told him, "Women are going to LOVE this song. This is going to be a HUGE hit. If you don't put this song on the album, you're just STUPID!"

So, whether you love that song or are sick to death of it, you have Phoebe Snow to thank.

Baal Houtham
04-26-2011, 04:46 PM
(...)NY Rock & Soul Revue album is one of my go to cheer up CDs.


I attended the Revue in St. Louis, and at the time the only thing I knew about Phoebe Snow's singing was Poetry Man. Wowser. The closest comparison I can come up with would be Mary Clayton's vocal turn on Gimme Shelter.

Not what I was expecting, and it turned me into a fan.

And as janis mentioned above, she did a fine duet with Paul Simon on Gone at Last. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=leWjp_CFt50&feature=related)

Argent Towers
04-26-2011, 04:59 PM
I really like her. I think her version of Madame George is actually better than Van Morrison's original.

panache45
04-26-2011, 05:15 PM
What an amazing talent, that could have given us so much more under better circumstances. And I had no idea her daughter had passed a few years ago. RIP.

Savannah
04-26-2011, 08:35 PM
I remember her and Linda Rondstadt performing a duet (on SNL IIRC)....amazing....sorry to hear of her passing...


Aha! I think it found it!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDk_lroqZkY&feature=related

I saw that long before we had a VCR, and never forgot it, or her. It was "Married Men" that really caught my ear.

I am so sorry that voice is silenced.

Two Many Cats
04-26-2011, 09:47 PM
I always liked this SNL duet with Linda Rondstadt (The Married Men) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ov3OCrNiZ_4).

Darn, I came in to post about this, and here I am, late to the punch again.

I loved that duet. I've remembered it all these years, but strangely, I never went out of my way to listen to Phoebe Snow. I don't know why. Too much stuff to listen to, I guess. That's a poor excuse, and now she's gone.

Dammit. Her and Liz Sladen in a couple of spins of the Earth. Dammit!

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