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Record album by Phoebe Snow: Phoebe Snow (1974)

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Here’s why this album should be in your collection!

In 1974, landmark albums were released by two artists whose music transcended categorization: Court and Spark by Joni Mitchell, and Phoebe Snow, by Phoebe Snow.

The album went platinum, and scored well on Pop, R&B, and Jazz charts. The biggest hit was “Poetry Man,” #1 on Adult Contemporary charts.

What makes the album legendary is the versatility Snow displays on the other tracks. “Harpo’s Blues” leads a trail of favorites that include “Either or Both,” “I Don’t Want the Night to End,” and “San Francisco Bay Blues.” “Good Times” (with backing vocals by the Persuasions) stands marvelously beside the original Sam Cooke classic.

Snow’s legendary live appearances included performances for David Stern and for the Clintons at Camp David. (Trivia buffs know Chelsea Clinton got her name from a Joni Mitchell song.) Snow also recorded with other artists, (such as “Gone At Last” with Paul Simon). Perhaps the most impressive aspect of her career was her extensive discography despite all the time spent away from recording to care for a severely ill daughter. Phoebe Snow survived her daughter for only four years.

Both albums are available in CD and MP3 format from major vendors. Please consider purchasing them from a local independent record store.

Here’s an interesting fact!

The original Phoebe Snow was a fictional character created to promote the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad. The train carried freight from 1851-1948; from 1949-1960 it transported passengers between Hoboken and Buffalo, NY.

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