Phoebe Snow, the singer/songwriter best known for her 1975 smash hit “Poetry Man,” died last week from complications related to a brain hemorrhage that she suffered last year. She was 60.
Born Phoebe Ann Laub in New York and raised in Teaneck, N.J., she dropped out of Shimer College in northern Illinois to busk around Greenwich Village and live the bohemian hippie life. Her big break came after a record producer noticed her at an amateur night at the Bitter End nightclub.
After her big hit, Snow primarily took care of her daughter, Valerie Rose Laub, who was born with severe brain damage, until Valerie’s death in 2007.