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Phoebe Laub (born July 17, 1952 in New York City - died April 26, 2011 in Edison, New Jersey) was a singer-songwriter, who performed under the stage name Phoebe Snow.


She released an eponymous album, Phoebe Snow, in 1974, that featured the top five hit “Poetry Man.” She has continued to release albums sporadically for the next three decades, including Second Childhood (1975), It Looks Like Snow (1976), Never Letting Go (1977), and Against The Grain (1978), all on the Columbia Records label. One of President Bill Clinton’s favorite vocalists, she performed for the President, Mrs. Clinton and his cabinet at Camp David in 1999.

Phoebe has performed with a Who’s Who of prolific artists including Jewel, Donald Fagen, Paul Simon, Billy Joel, Queen, Jackson Browne, Dave Mason, Linda Ronstadt, Bonnie Raitt, Michael McDonald, Boz Scaggs, Cyndi Lauper, Roger Daltry, Chaka Khan, CeCe Peniston, Take 6, Michael Bolton, Thelma Houston, Mavis Staples, Laurie Anderson, and The Sisters of Glory (with whom she performed at the second Woodstock festival), among many, many others. She also sings the title track on the 1997 Laura Nyro tribute album, Time and Love, and recently Phoebe joined the pop group, Zap Mama, who recorded their own version of “Poetry Man,” in an impromptu duet on the PBS series, “Sessions At West 54th.”

Born Phoebe Ann Laub in New York City, she was raised in a household where Delta blues, Broadway show tunes, Dixieland jazz, classical music and folk music recordings were played around the clock. As a teenager, she carried her prized Martin 00018 ac guitar from club to club around Greenwich Village, playing and singing on amateur nights.


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  • SimonePerrota

    There's something special about accidentally discovering overlooked singers as brilliant as Phoebe Snow. If folk-soul were ever a category, Phoebe Snow is its originator - what a voice...

    22 Aug 2012 Reply
  • NiceNSmooth

    Peace Phoebe. You touched many hearts, especially mine.

    27 Jul 2011 Reply
  • yeseynon

    Phoebe, I always thought that you were singing just for me. You are missed.

    7 Jun 2011 Reply
  • cadaver11

    May you rest in peace, ma'am.

    22 May 2011 Reply
  • bscgtanh

    R.i.P Phoebe Snow -a soulful, jazzy & very unique voice

    5 May 2011 Reply
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    1 May 2011 Reply
  • northstar1299

    May you dwell forever in the garden of joy, dear Phoebe.

    30 Apr 2011 Reply
  • fancygreen

    What a brilliant vocalist she was. My old voice teacher and I just had a great conversation about Phoebe's passing, reminiscing on how her music has impacted both of our lives. Thank-you for rollin' the good times, Phoebe.

    30 Apr 2011 Reply
  • brownin329

    I am very sad to hear of her passing. Although I had heard this song before I didn't get to see her live. That's a shame. She sounded just wonderful on the Youtube clip I just viewed: "Poetry Man (1989)".

    29 Apr 2011 Reply
  • mikebreeze

    She had a distinctive voice. Reminded me a bit of Billie Holladay. R.I.P

    28 Apr 2011 Reply
  • Strawb77

    very sorry. will miss lots.

    28 Apr 2011 Reply
  • ritvikjoshua

    R.I.P. will miss u!

    27 Apr 2011 Reply
  • Neythiry


    27 Apr 2011 Reply
  • LaMusicLovr

    Not a physical beauty -- but what a beautiful instrument wrapped inside a beautiful soul. Can someone say, "Amen!" We love Phoebe!!

    27 Apr 2011 Reply
  • TonupTiger

    RIP you Legend, Pioneer

    27 Apr 2011 Reply
  • Irlandese64

    Phoebe--you will be missed. xx

    27 Apr 2011 Reply
  • LarkCGN

    RiP Phoebe Snow...

    26 Apr 2011 Reply
  • PartiKulaar

    AH! Just an amazing voice. Clear and cool and sultry ALL at the same time. A Marvelous talent, but an even MORE AMAZING woman and mother!! And for those of us who are true creators, writers, or lovers of music, she will NEVER be forgotten!!!!

    26 Apr 2011 Reply
  • Upperhandedx

    one of the best voices in modern music..she gave up fame for the love of a child,,,a truely inspitational soul...and remarkable voice..

    26 Apr 2011 Reply
  • TheSpindleshay

    RIP <3

    26 Apr 2011 Reply
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