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Phoebe Snow

Phoebe SnowAKA Phoebe Ann Laub

Born: 17-Jul-1952
Birthplace: New York City
Died: 26-Apr-2011
Location of death: Edison, NJ
Cause of death: Cerebral Hemorrhage

Gender: Female
Religion: Buddhist [1]
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Jazz Musician

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Jazz vocalist

Chose her stage name after a freight train that ran through her hometown of Teaneck, the Phoebe Snow. Apart from her first album, her recordings do not do justice to her actual talents.

[1] "Phoebe Snow Talks About", Jet magazine, 9 June 1986, page 26: "For those who have wondered for years, 'Is she or isn't she? [black]', Ms. Snow is Jewish. She attributes the mystery of her race to her curly 'natural', the fact she photographs dark on album covers and that before she began headlining, she was the opening act for many Black entertainers." Since that interview, Ms. Snow has adopted Buddhism. See interview by Ronald Sklar, "Make Things All Right",, 12 September 2007: "If you had told me at any time before the year 2002 that I would be chanting for hours at a time at a Buddhist temple, and that I would travel fourteen hours to Japan and chant day and night, I would have laughed out loud in your face."

Father: Merrill Laub (exterminator)
Mother: Lili (dance teacher, d., bone cancer)
Husband: Phil Kearns )folksinger, m. briefly, div.)
Daughter: Valerie Rose Laub (mentally retarded, b. 1975, d. 18-Mar-2007)

    High School: Teaneck High School, Teaneck, NJ

    Bankruptcy Apr-1980
    Wedding: Howard Stern and Beth Ostrosky (2008)
    Jewish Ancestry
    Risk Factors: Obesity

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Appears in articles:
Esquire, 1982, DETAILS: The Blues of Phoebe Snow, BYLINE: Don Shewey

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