Phoebe Snow, who scored a top 5 hit in 1975 with "Poetry Man," died Tuesday in Edison, N.J., as a result of complications from a brain hemorrhage she suffered last year, The Associated Press reported. She was 60.
"The loss of this unique and untouchable voice is incalculable," her manager, Sue Cameron, said. "Phoebe was one of the brightest, funniest and most talented singer-songwriters of all time and, more importantly, a magnificent mother to her late brain-damaged daughter, Valerie, for 31 years. Phoebe felt that was her greatest accomplishment."
Cameron said that Phoebe was plagued by congestive heart failure, blood clots and pneumonia following her hemorrhage on Jan. 19, 2010.
Valerie, who suffered from a buildup of brain fluid called hydrocephalus, died in 2007. Before that, Snow had opted to care for her daughter at home instead sending Valerie to an institution. (Snow's husband left while Valerie was still a baby.) As a result, Snow put her music on the back burner, though she did release more than a dozen albums during her career. Her eponymous first album came out in 1974, and she was nominated as Best New Artist at the 1975 Grammys.
While not exactly a hit-making powerhouse, Snow's voice remained a pop culture staple, especially to TV viewers. She sang the theme for NBC's A Different World and could be heard singing the Roseanne theme during that show's series finale. She also voiced the General Foods International Coffees' jingle "Celebrate the Moments of Your Life."
Before her stroke, she was planning a new album and tour.