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Iconic Singer-Songwriter Melanie, Whose Career Soared from Woodstock, Passes Away at 76

Beloved singer-songwriter Melanie Safka, professionally known as Melanie, has passed away at 76. Recognized for her Woodstock performance and an Emmy Award in 1989 for her contribution to “Beauty and the Beast,” Melanie’s children shared the news on her official Facebook page.

In a heartfelt post, Melanie’s children, Leilah, Jeordie, and Beau Jarred, announced her peaceful passing on January 23, 2024. Describing her as one of the era’s most talented and passionate women, the post acknowledged the world feeling dimmer without her, yet expressed the belief that she continues to watch over everyone from the stars.

The post also mentioned forthcoming details about a celebration of Melanie’s life, open to all who wish to participate. Melanie’s musical legacy includes hits like “Brand New Key,” “What Have They Done to My Song Ma,” and “Lay Down (Candles in the Rain).” She made history by co-founding Neighborhood Records, becoming the first American woman to establish a mainstream record label.

In addition to her Emmy Award, Melanie’s impact went beyond music. Her Woodstock performance marked a turning point in her career, as she shared in a 2018 interview, walking on stage as an unknown artist and leaving as a celebrity. USA TODAY reached out to Melanie’s record label for additional comments. Her musical milestones and pioneering role in the industry leave an enduring imprint on the world of music.

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