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.
 "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", PopEntertainment.com, 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
Wedding: Howard Stern and Beth Ostrosky (2008)
Risk Factors: Obesity
Appears in articles:
Esquire, 1982, DETAILS: The Blues of Phoebe Snow, BYLINE: Don Shewey