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Melanie Safka, the singer who was best known for her massively popular singles Lay Down (Candles In The Rain), Brand New Key and the Rolling Stones cover Ruby Tuesday, has died at the age of 76.

Her death was also confirmed by her label, Cleopatra Records, through Glass Onyon PR.

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American singer Melanie Safka has died aged 76, her family have announced Credit: Getty
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The folk musician passed away ‘peacefully’ on TuesdayCredit: BackGrid

In a Facebook post, Melanie’s children: Leilah, Jeordie and Beau Jarred said: “We are heartbroken, but want to thank each and every one of you for the affection you have for our mother, and to tell you that she loved all of you so much.

“She was one of the most talented, strong and passionate women of the era and every word she wrote, every note she sang reflected that.

“Our world is much dimmer, the colours of a dreary, rainy Tennessee pale with her absence today, but we know that she is still here, smiling down on all of us, on all of you, from the stars.”

They asked her fans to light a candle to “Illuminate the darkness, and let us all be connected in remembrance of the extraordinary woman who was wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend to so very many people”.

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The songwriter, whose full names was Melanie Anne Safka-Schekeryk, was remembered by her children Leilah, Jeordie and Beau Jarred, who announced that she died on January 23 at the age of 76 in a Facebook post

When is Melanie Safka funeral service?

As of now, the funeral date of the late Melanie Safka has not been disclosed by her family.

Having said that, we are still following up on her death, we will update you as soon as we get important information about Melanie Safka funeral service.

In their Facebook statement, the singer’s three children said, “We are planning a Celebration of Life for Mom and it will be open to all of you who want to come and celebrate her. The details will be announced as soon as they are in place. We look forward to seeing you there.”

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Melanie Safka circa 1970. Credit: GAB Archive/Redferns

Who was Melanie Safka?

Melanie Safka was born Melanie Anne Safka on Feb. 3, 1947, in Astoria, New York. As she pursued her singing career, she studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. In 1967, she met her future manager, producer and husband, Peter Schekeryk.

She released two singles, “Beautiful People” and “Garden in the City,” after she signed with her first record label, Columbia Records. According to her most recent record label, Cleopatra, she left Columbia Records in 1968 and joined Buddah Records, where she released her debut LP.

The following year, when the singer was 22 years old, she performed at Woodstock — joining a historic lineup that included Joan Baez, Jimi Hendrix and the Grateful Dead.

“The terror kept building in me,” she told the Associated Press in 2019. “The thought of me performing in front of all of those people and that huge stage — I was all by myself. Then it started to rain and I truly believed that everyone was going to get up and go home. It’s raining, I’m free, I’ll go back to life as it was. Maybe I will be an archaeologist; maybe I will join the Peace Corps. That’s when they said, ‘You’re next.’”

In 1971, Billboard named her the year’s biggest-selling female artist in the U.S. after she released several hits, including “Lay Down” and a cover of the Rolling Stones’ “Ruby Tuesday.”

Melanie then formed her own record label, Neighborhood Records, and released her chart-topping single “Brand New Key.”

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Melanie Safka in September 1972. Credi.. Martin Athenstädt/picture alliance via Getty

Before her death, Melanie was working on her 32nd album, a tribute album tentatively titled Second Hand Smoke. The album featured versions of Morrissey’s “Ouija Board Ouija Board,” Nine Inch Nails’ “Hurt,” Radiohead’s “Creep,” among others.

Additionally, Melanie was working with the Cleopatra label to reissue her previous albums that were released after she left Buddah in 1971. The reissue rollout will start with the release of her 1984 live album One Night Only. Her three children will supervise the project’s execution, which will be released posthumously.

What was Melanie Safka’s cause of death?

Melanie Safka died peacefully on January 23, 2024 at the age of 76. Her family announced the news on her official Facebook page.

No specific cause of death was given in the post, but her publicity firm mentioned she was suffering from an illness.

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