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Remembering 'Poetry Man' singer Phoebe Snow, who died Tuesday at 60

April 26, 2011 |  1:03 pm

Phoebe Snow 1998 Phoebe Snow, the jazz-pop singer best known for her 1975 hit "Poetry Man," has died at age 60 of complications from a brain hemorrhage she suffered last year.

She captured pop audiences and musicians alike with her rich, dark and wide-ranging voice, and scored another hit, the supercharged gospel-inflected "Gone At Last," in tandem with Paul Simon. Her debut album, "Phoebe Snow" reached No. 4 in Billboard and helped earn her a Grammy nomination as best new artist.

She released four more albums before largely dropping out of the music scene to care for her daughter, Valerie, who was born with severe brain damage and who died in 2007 at age 31.

Snow last appeared on the charts with her 1989 album "Something Real," but resurfaced sporadically singing in commercials and doing occasional live performances. Here's a link to a "CBS Sunday Morning" profile.

-- Randy Lewis