Phoebe Snow
American singer, songwriter and guitarist
Phoebe Snow
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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George Harrison's Musical Legacy Will Be Celebrated at Beacon Theatre by The Fab Faux
Huffington Post - over 3 years
George Harrison's extraordinary musical career will be feted this coming Saturday at New York City's Beacon Theatre by the Fab Faux, dubbed "the greatest Beatles cover band" by Rolling Stone senior editor David Fricke. Legendary rock critic and Sirius XM radio host Dave Marsh enthused, "Amazingly, they're so good at it you learn new things about the originals." The Fab Faux (Used With Permission) L to R: Rich Pagano, Frank Agnello, Will Lee, Jimmy Vivino, Jack Petruzzelli The band, a labor of love born in 1998 when neighbors Jimmy Vivino (bandleader/guitarist for Conan O'Brien) and Will Lee (bassist for Paul Shaffer's CBS Orchestra on the Late Show with David Letterman) came up with the idea during a communal elevator ride in their apartment building. Jimmy and Will are joined by lead-singing drummer/producer Rich Pagano (Rosanne Cash, Patti Smith, sugarCane cups), guitarist Frank Agnello (Marshall Crenshaw, Phoebe Snow), and keyboardist/guitarist Jack Petruzzelli (Joan Osborne Ba ...
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Just Look at These Great Old Photos of Glenn Gould, Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, and Billie Holiday
Mother Jones - over 3 years
I love words. Sling 'em with 'em all day, matter of fact. But when I pick up a photo book, I want the images to do the lifting. Or to put that in musical terms, I'd rather listen to the song than read the sheet music. Keeping Time: The Photographs of Don Hunstein, a wonderful new retrospective from Insight Editions, accomplishes exactly that. There's a short foreword by Art Garfunkel (oh, great, now I've got "Mrs. Robinson" stuck in my head!) and a foreword and afterword by New York Times pop music critic Jon Pareles, but the rest of this coffee table must-have is all meat and potatoes, showcasing the mostly unseen and intimate images of Hunstein, who spent three decades as Columbia Records' official photographer. From Pareles' biopic foreword: "There was nothing metaphysical about what I did," he said in conversation with the music producer Leo Sacks [who edited the collection]. "I'd just like to think I had a good eye for detail, that I captured the moment at hand. But mos ...
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The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin: Dog Ears Music: Richter Scale Day Playlist
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Beck Song: Earthquake Weather Album: Guero Genre: Rock Buy: iTunes.com Yma Sumac Song: Tumpa (Earthquake) Album: Voice of the Xtabay Genre: Latino Buy: iTunes.com Link Wray Song: Rumble (Remastered) Album: Rumble (Remastered)-Single Genre: Rock Buy: iTunes.com John Parish Song: How Animals Move, Pt. 2 Album: How Animals Move Genre: Rock Buy: iTunes.com Fruit Bats Song: The Earthquake of '73 Album: Spelled in Bones Genre: Rock Buy: iTunes.com Black Rebel Motorcycle Club Song: Fault Line Album: Howl Genre: Rock Buy: iTunes.com Robert Scott Thompson Song: Earthquake Weather (Cosmic Fire) Album: Cosmic Fire-Electroacoustic Music Genre: Alternative Buy: iTunes.com Ólafur Arnalds Song: This Place Was a Shelter Album: For Now I Am Winter (Bonus Track Version) Genre: Classical Buy: iTunes.com Earlimart Song: Broke the Furn ...
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Mike Ragogna: Thank You, Mr. Dog Ears: My HuffPost Interviews with Phil Ramone, Plus H.D. Harmsen's "Teetotaler" Video Premiere
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Bye, Phil... When people use the phrase "...it's the end of era" with regards to someone's passing, it's almost always a respectful exaggeration. But with Phil Ramone's recent death, it's the definition of "The End Of An Era," and I'm sure most who consider themselves pop music aficionados would agree. I personally was saddened by the iconic producer/engineer/mastermind's recent passing not only because I kind of bonded with him during our two interviews together, but also because his sonic fingerprints are all over so much of the music I grew up on. Also, during our first interview, he personally schooled me on how to trade the "planned questions" approach in favor of a more coherent, "conversational" style, an approach I used ever since. Presented here are those interviews I mentioned that might give you some insight into the man, his talent, his humor, and pop music history from his perspective. In addition to my original posts, I've included the first interview's ...
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Michael Giltz: Music: Grammys Preview -- The Fifty Best Albums Of 2012
Huffington Post - about 4 years
The Grammys are Sunday night on CBS and it looks to be one of the tightest races in many a moon for Album Of The Year and other top categories. My money is on Mumford & Sons because when it comes down to it, the Grammys love commercial success (especially when paired with critical acclaim) and though it's silly to say after just two albums, Mumford & Sons is overdue. To celebrate, here are my picks for the Best Albums of 2012. First I give the list and then an extended version with comments and links to videos so you can sample the music. Enjoy! And let me know what your favorites of the year are, especially if they're not on this list. We can argue over what should be ranked where, but the main point is to discover some great new music. I hope you'll find some here. THE BEST ALBUMS OF 2012 1. Rumer -- Seasons Of My Soul/Boys Don't Cry (70s pop perfection) 2. Branford Marsalis -- Four MF's Playin' Their Tunes (hard-driving jazz; faultless) 3. The Tallest Ma ...
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Mike Ragogna: Sunken Condos: A Conversation With Donald Fagen & Michael Leonhart
Huffington Post - over 4 years
A Conversation With Donald Fagen & Michael Leonhart Michael Ragogna: Guys, the new album Sunken Condos seems like a funk-based new beginning for Donald Fagen's music. Can you go into what your approach was coming into this creatively? Donald Fagen: Well, I think the first three albums I did, which appeared at ten-year intervals, more or less ended up to be a trilogy. It didn't start that way, but I think I'm done with that now, so I wanted to start fresh. Of course, it did turn out to be more or less that a lot of the tunes are semi-autobiographical but I kind of felt freed up because they didn't have to refer to the material on the other three. I really started out to write freestanding songs, but the way it came out, they do have kind of a theme to them, I suppose. I guess I'll always be doing that. I can see that now. But yeah, it is different. MR: And I have to say, your new song "I'm Not The Same Without You" is one of the cheeriest, most positive breakup ...
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Aretha Franklin to Release New Album, 'Hunger Games' Soundtrack Dominates Billboard Chart
Voice of America - almost 5 years
Aretha Franklin Working on New Album Soul legend Aretha Franklin celebrated her 70th birthday on March 24.  At her birthday party in New York, she told the Associated Press that she’ll reunite with Clive Davis to begin work on a new album.  Franklin said they’ll sit down to discuss the direction of the album after Davis celebrates his 80th birthday on April 4.  Clive Davis guided Franklin’s comeback in the 1980s.  She was signed to his former label, Arista Records, which released the Number One R&B album Jump To It in 1982 and Franklin’s first million-selling collection, Who’s Zoomin’ Who, in 1985. 'Hunger Games' Soundtrack Tops Billboard Album Chart <!--IMAGE-LEFT--> The soundtrack to The Hunger Games debuts at Number One on the Billboard 200 chart.  Sales reached 175,000 copies its first week of release.  Billboard reports The Hunger Games is the first theatrical film soundtrack to enter at Number One since November 14, 2009, when the late Michael Jackson debuted in the ...
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The “Country-Flavored, Southern-Fried Blues” Singer EG Kight Shakes Up The ... - Music Indistry News Network
Google News - over 5 years
Noted for being a 'strikingly rich' vocalist, compared to the likes of Phoebe Snow, Koko Taylor and even Patsy Cline, albeit with a bit more edge, her music attracts fans of many different genres and her skills on the six-string are more than
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Becky's Naughty “New Car” - FWWeekly
Google News - over 5 years
Here's another rare performance, a TV duet between Linda Ronstadt and the late great Phoebe Snow covering The Roches' “The Married Men.” (My favorite line: “Makes me feel like a girl again/To run with the married men”). And finally, Billy Paul's lush
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Generating buzz: Bay area artist Meklit Habero - Times-Standard
Google News - over 5 years
”She reminds me of a really young Phoebe Snow,” said David Ferney, Arcata Playhouse co-owner. “Her songs are really intimate and personable, folk-jazz with African flourishes.” Since the release of her 2010 “On a Day Like This
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Singer-songwriters Jackie Bristow and Jackie Daum join for tour and stops in ... - Monterey County Herald
Google News - over 5 years
She's also opened for Marc Cohn, Daniel Lanois, Art Garfunkel, John Waite, Phoebe Snow, Madeleine Peyroux, Jimmy Webb and Bob Schneider. And in the coming year she is booked to open for BJ Thomas, John Oates and Bettye Lavette. The Austin Chronicle has
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Editor's Picks: What to do around town this week - Seacoastonline.com
Google News - over 5 years
When he moved to Cincinnati in the late 1970s, he built his local reputation at the city's Blind Lemon Cafe and appeared on local TV shows and opened at Bogart's for Phoebe Snow and Randy Newman. Over the years, Bob has traveled extensively both in the
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Consummate Summer Dance Floor Anthem - "Wild Miami Remixed" from Tinatin Ready ... - PR.com (press release)
Google News - over 5 years
Sahin has worked with Olivia Newton-John, Melba Moore, Phoebe Snow, Turkish superstar Sezen Aksu, Sandra Bernhard and a half-dozen “American Idol” finalists, including the 2010 debut single for “AI” season eight finalist/comedian Norman Gentle,
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CD review: Paul Simon reissues, “Paul Simon,” “There Goes Rhymin' Simon ... - NewsOK.com
Google News - over 5 years
Elsewhere, Simon continues to mine gospel on his duet with Phoebe Snow, “Gone at Last.” Working with a pop-jazz band featuring legendary drummer Steve Gadd, bassist Tony Levin (King Crimson) and Fender Rhodes wizard Richard Tee, Simon set the template
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The almanac - UPI.com
Google News - over 5 years
... basketball Hall of Fame member Connie Hawkins in 1942 (age 69); actors Lucie Arnaz in 1951 (age 60) and David Hasselhoff in 1952 (age 59); singers Nicolette Larson and Phoebe Snow, both in 1952; German Chancellor Angela Merkel in 1954 (age 57)
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PAART presents EG Kight Aug. 5 - Crossville Chronicle
Google News - over 5 years
... pop/crossover icons Phoebe Snow, and Delbert McClinton; southern rock phenoms Gregg Allman, and Little Feat; Dixieland Jazz legend Pete Fountain's band; and most recently the Bloomsburg Symphony Orchestra; and the world renowned Garrison Keillor
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Mark Wood Musicians Rock Out at Bell Cultural Events Center July 18-22 - GardnerEDGE
Google News - over 5 years
Joe Deninzon: Has worked with Sheryl Crow, Bruce Springsteen, Phoebe Snow, Everclear, Ritchie Blackmore of Deep Purple, Smokey Robinson, and Les Paul. Dr. David Wallace. A faculty member at The Juilliard School and a Senior Teaching Artist at the New
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Phoebe Snow
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2011
    Age 60
    Snow died on April 26, 2011 at age 60 in Edison, New Jersey.
    More Details Hide Details • "People Get Ready" ("Ladysmith Black Mambazo & Friends", album 2012) - with Ladysmith Black Mambazo
  • FIFTIES
  • 2010
    Age 59
    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.
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  • 2008
    Age 57
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Some of her music was also featured on the soundtrack of the film. Her Live album (2008) featured many of her hits as well as a cover of "Piece of My Heart".
  • 2007
    Age 56
    Snow resolved not to institutionalize Valerie, and cared for her at home until Valerie died on March 19, 2007, at the age of 31.
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  • 2003
    Age 52
    In 2003, Snow released her album Natural Wonder on Eagle Records, containing ten original tracks, her first original material in fourteen years.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1999
    Age 48
    Snow performed for U.S. President Bill Clinton, First Lady Hillary Clinton, and his cabinet at Camp David in 1999.
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  • 1998
    Age 47
    In May 1998, Snow received the Cultural Achievement Award by New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani.
    More Details Hide Details She was also the recipient of a Don Kirshner Rock Award, several Playboy Music Poll Awards, New York Music Awards and the Clio Award.
  • 1995
    Age 44
    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".
    More Details Hide Details In addition, the concert featured performances by Jewel, Joel Grey, Roger Daltrey, and Jackson Browne among others. An album of the concert was released on Compact Disc on Rhino Records as catalog number R2 72405. Snow joined with the pop group, Zap Mama, who recorded its own version of "Poetry Man", in an impromptu duet on the PBS series, "Sessions At West 54th." Hawaiian girl group Na Leo also had a hit on the Adult Contemporary chart in 1999 with their cover version of "Poetry Man".
  • 1992
    Age 41
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Throughout the 1990s she made numerous appearances on the Howard Stern radio show. She sang live for specials and birthday shows. In 1997, she sang the Roseanne theme song a cappella during the closing moments of the final episode.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1990
    Age 39
    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.
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  • 1989
    Age 38
    Snow performed in 1989 on stage at Avery Fisher Hall in New York City as part of Our Common Future, a five-hour live television broadcast originating from several countries.
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    Snow returned to recording with Something Real in 1989 and gathered a few more hits on the Adult Contemporary charts.
    More Details Hide Details Also, Snow composed the Detroit's WDIV-TV Go 4 It! campaign in 1980. She sang Ancient Places, Sacred Lands composed by Steve Horelick on Reading Rainbow's tenth episode The Gift of the Sacred Dog which was based on the book by Paul Goble and narrated by actor Michael Ansara. It was shot in Crow Agency, Montana in 1983.
  • 1983
    Age 32
    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."
    More Details Hide Details Snow spent long periods away from recording, often singing commercial jingles for AT&T and others in order to support herself and her daughter. Later, in the 1990s, Snow's voice was featured on commercials for Cotton Incorporated and their The Fabric of Our Lives campaign. During the 1980s she also battled her own life-threatening illness. Snow sang the theme song for NBC's A Different World during the show's first season (1987–88). In 1988, a duet with Dave Mason, called "Dreams I Dream" reached #11 on the US adult contemporary charts.
  • 1981
    Age 30
    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".
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1979
    Age 28
    Her January 1979 cover of the Paul McCartney song "Every Night" reached #37 in the UK.
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    In 1979, she toured extensively throughout the U.S. and Canada with noted guitarist Arlen Roth as her lead guitarist and musical director.
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  • 1976
    Age 25
    She moved to a more rock-oriented sound for It Looks Like Snow, released later in 1976 with David Rubinson producing. 1977 saw Never Letting Go, again with Ramone, while 1978's Against the Grain was helmed by Barry Beckett.
    More Details Hide Details After that Snow parted ways with Columbia; she would later say that the stress of her parental obligations degraded her ability to make music effectively.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details It was jazzier and more introspective, and was an RIAA Certified Gold Album for Phoebe, with the Gold Album awarded on July 9, 1976.
  • 1975
    Age 24
    Her backup vocal is heard on Paul Simon's hit song "50 Ways To Leave Your Lover" along with Valerie Simpson and Patti Austin, from 1975. She also duets with him on the song gospel-tinged "Gone At Last". Both songs appear on Simon's Grammy-winning 1975 album Still Crazy After All These Years.
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    During the 1975 appearance, she was seven months pregnant with her daughter, Valerie.
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    The cover of Rolling Stone magazine followed, while she performed as the opening act for tours by Jackson Browne and Paul Simon (with whom she recorded the hit single "Gone at Last" in 1975). 1975 also brought the first of several appearances as a musical guest on Saturday Night Live, on which Snow performed both solo and in duets with Paul Simon and Linda Ronstadt.
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    This spawned a Top Five 1975 single on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Poetry Man" and was itself a Top Five album in Billboard, for which she received a nomination for the Grammy Award for Best New Artist.
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    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.
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  • 1974
    Age 23
    She released an eponymous album, Phoebe Snow, in 1974.
    More Details Hide Details Featuring guest performances by The Persuasions, Zoot Sims, Teddy Wilson, David Bromberg, and Dave Mason, Snow's album went on to sell over a million copies in the United States and became one of the most acclaimed recordings of the era.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1968
    Age 17
    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.
    More Details Hide Details As a student, she carried her prized Martin 000-18 acoustic guitar from club to club in Greenwich Village, playing and singing on amateur nights. Her stage name came from a fictional advertising character created in the early 1900s for the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad, in which Phoebe Snow was a young woman dressed all in white, emphasizing the cleanliness of Lackawanna passenger trains whose locomotives burned anthracite coal.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1950
    Born
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Her father, Merrill Laub, an exterminator by trade, had an encyclopedic knowledge of American film and theater and was also an avid collector and restorer of antiques. Her mother, Lili Laub, was a dance teacher who had performed with the Martha Graham group.
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