Phoebe Snow

Singer + Songwriter and Guitarist
Born Jul 17, 1950

Phoebe Snow was an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist, best known for her chart-topping 1975 hit "Poetry Man". She was described by The New York Times as a "contralto grounded in a bluesy growl and capable of sweeping over four octaves."

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Phoebe Snow.


1950 Birth She was born in New York City in 1950, and raised in a musical household in which Delta blues, Broadway show tunes, Dixieland jazz, classical music, and folk music recordings were played around the clock. … Read More


1968 17 Years Old Snow grew up in Teaneck, New Jersey, and graduated from Teaneck High School in 1968 She subsequently attended Shimer College in Mount Carroll, Illinois, but did not graduate. … Read More


1974 23 Years Old …  She released an eponymous album, Phoebe Snow, in 1974. … Read More
Between 1975 and 1978 Snow was married to Phil Kearns (who later came out as gay), and on December 10, 1975, her daughter, Valerie Rose, was born with severe brain damage.
1976 25 Years Old 1 More Event
Legal battles took place between Snow and Shelter Records. Snow ended up signed to Columbia Records. Her second album, Second Childhood, appeared in 1976, produced by Phil Ramone. … Read More
1979 28 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1979, she toured extensively throughout the U.S. and Canada with noted guitarist Arlen Roth as her lead guitarist and musical director.


1981 30 Years Old In 1981, Snow, now signed with Mirage Records, released Rock Away, recorded with members of Billy Joel's band; it spun off the Top 50 hit "Games".
1983 32 Years Old The 1983 Rolling Stone Record Guide summed up Snow's career so far by saying: "One of the most gifted voices of her generation, Phoebe Snow can do just about anything stylistically as well as technically … The question that's still unanswered is how best to channel such talent." … Read More
1989 38 Years Old 1 More Event
Snow returned to recording with Something Real in 1989 and gathered a few more hits on the Adult Contemporary charts. … Read More
1990 39 Years Old In 1990, she contributed a cover version of the Delaney & Bonnie song "Get Ourselves Together" to the Elektra compilation Rubáiyát which included Earth Wind & Fire guitarist Dick Smith.


1992 41 Years Old In 1992, she toured with Donald Fagen's New York Rock and Soul Revue and was featured on the group's album recorded live at the Beacon Theater in New York City. … Read More
1995 44 Years Old In 1995, Snow participated in The Wizard of Oz in Concert: Dreams Come True at the Lincoln Center in New York City, singing a distinctive medley of "If I Only had a Brain; a Heart; the Nerve". … Read More
1998 47 Years Old In May 1998, Snow received the Cultural Achievement Award by New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. … Read More
1999 48 Years Old Snow performed for U.S. President Bill Clinton, First Lady Hillary Clinton, and his cabinet at Camp David in 1999.


2003 52 Years Old In 2003, Snow released her album Natural Wonder on Eagle Records, containing ten original tracks, her first original material in fourteen years.
2007 56 Years Old Snow resolved not to institutionalize Valerie, and cared for her at home until Valerie died on March 19, 2007, at the age of 31.
2008 57 Years Old Snow performed at Howard Stern's wedding in 2008, and made a special appearance in the film Noah's Arc: Jumping the Broom as herself. … Read More


2010 60 Years Old Phoebe Snow suffered a cerebral hemorrhage on January 19, 2010 and slipped into a coma, enduring bouts of blood clots, pneumonia and congestive heart failure.
2011 61 Years Old Snow died on April 26, 2011 at age 60 in Edison, New Jersey. … Read More
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