Phoebe Snow, who sang 1975 hit 'Poetry Man,' dies

In this photo from the Martha Graham Dance Company, singer and song writer Phoebe Snow appears at the Martha Graham Dance Company spring season 2009 gala celebration in New York, Thursday, May 14, 2009. Snow's mother was a Martha Graham dancer in the sixties. (AP Photo/Martha Graham Dance Company, Stuart Ramson)

April 26, 2011 7:50:39 AM PDT
Phoebe Snow, a singer, guitarist and songwriter whose song "Poetry Man" was a defining hit of the 1970s, has died. Rick Miramontez, her longtime friend and public relations representative, says Snow died Tuesday morning. He says she died of complications from a brain hemorrhage she suffered in January 2010.

Shortly after Snow's "Poetry Man" reached No. 5 on the pop singles chart in 1975, her daughter was born with severe brain damage. Snow decided to care for her at home rather than place her in an institution and largely dropped from the music scene.

Snow's subsequent albums found smaller audiences. Through the 1980s and into the 1990s, Snow sang commercial jingles and occasionally performed live. Her daughter died in 2007 as age 31.