Phoebe Snow in May 2009. Stuart Ramson/AP
"Phoebe Snow, a singer, guitarist and songwriter whose song Poetry Man was a defining hit of the 1970s, has died," The Associated Press reports.
According to the wire service, "Rick Miramontez, her longtime friend and public relations representative, says Snow died Tuesday morning. He says she died of complications from a brain hemorrhage she suffered in January 2010."
The AP adds that:
"Shortly after Snow's Poetry Man reached No. 5 on the pop singles chart in 1975, her daughter was born with severe brain damage. Snow decided to care for her at home rather than place her in an institution and largely dropped from the music scene.
"Snow's subsequent albums found smaller audiences. Through the 1980s and into the 1990s, Snow sang commercial jingles and occasionally performed live. Her daughter died in 2007 at age 31."
Her MySpace page has much of Snow's music. She was 58.
There's video of a 1989 performance of her singing Poetry Man here.