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Phoebe Snow

Since the release of her self-titled debut album in 1974, Snow has remained one of the most distinctive voices in popular music.

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.

It was at the Bitter End Club in 1972 that a promotions executive for Shelter Records was so taken by the singer that he signed her to the label and produced her first recording. Featuring guest performances by The Persuasions, Zoot Sims, Toddy Wilson, David Bromberg and Dave Mason, Snow album became one of the most acclaimed debut recordings of all time. It spawned the Top 5 hit single, Poetry Man, winning Snow a Grammy Award nomination for Best New Artist and established her as a formidable singer/songwriter. Platinum records, the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, and legions of fans followed.

Snow went on to record a slew of solo albums over the next 15 years including Second Childhood (1975), It Looks Like Snow (1976), Never Letting Go (1978), Against The Grain (1979), Rock Away (1980) and Something Real (1989).

In 1992 she toured with Donald Fagen's popular New York Rock And Soul Revue and was featured on the group's album recorded live at the Beacon Theater in New York City. Even when she wasn't recording her own works, Phoebe continued to tour extensively as a solo artist throughout North America, Great Britain, Germany, and the Far East.

Phoebe has performed with a Who's Who of prolific artists including Jewel, Donald Fagen, Paul Simon, Billy Joel, 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 and Mavis Staples 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.

Decorating an already vibrant career, in May of 1998, Snow received the Cultural Achievement Award by New York City Mayor Rudolph Guliani. She is also the recipient of a Don Kirschner Rock Award, several Playboy Music Poll Awards, New York Music Awards and the Clio Award.

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New Releases Plus Birthday Celebrations For Dorothy Fields, Phoebe Snow & More

Read "New Releases Plus Birthday Celebrations For Dorothy Fields, Phoebe Snow & More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast presents new releases from pannist Joy Lapps, a Carla Bley tribute by Steve Cardenas, Ben Allison & Ted Nash, the WJ3 All Stars, saxophonist Jean Fineberg, vocalist Sylvia Brooks plus a single from pianist Lauren Lee, with birthday shoutouts to Mary Osborne, lyricist Dorothy Fields, Phoebe Snow, Gayelynn McKinney, Akua Dixon, Lauren Sevian and Lauren Lee, among others. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you hear by purchasing their music during this time of pandemic so ...

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Ladies Don't Write Lyrics - Celebrating the Words of Dorothy Fields

Read "Ladies Don't Write Lyrics - Celebrating the Words of Dorothy Fields" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


The broadcast begins with several Dorothy Fields standards to celebrate her birthday. Although the daughter of vaudeville star Lew Fields who coined the phrase “That was no lady—that was my wife," he did not approve of her vocation, saying “Ladies do not write lyrics." She retorted “I'm no lady—I'm your daughter!" The rest is herstory. Also included are new releases from the Osmond Chapman Orchestra, plus singles from Brandee Younger with more birthday shoutouts to Phoebe Snow, Natalia M. King, ...

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