Phoebe Snow, 1950-2011
2:44 PM, Apr 28, 2011 • By RICHARD STARR
Readers of a certain age may remember Phoebe Snow as a fabulously talented singer whose quirky hit "Poetry Man" topped the charts briefly in the spring of 1975. If she was less well known than she deserved to be, that is because, later that same year, she put her career on hold to devote herself entirely to raising her disabled daughter Valerie—an act of sacrificial love that would consume most of the rest of her life (Valerie died four years ago at age 31). The story is told well in the obituary in her hometown paper, which also includes this memorable anecdote:
Sinatra exaggerated, but only a little.
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