Melanie Safka

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Melanie in 1975
Melanie in 1975
Background information
Birth nameMelanie Anne Safka
Born (1947-02-03) February 3, 1947 (age 74)
OriginAstoria, Queens, New York, US
GenresFolk, pop, country
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter, musician
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active1967–present

Melanie Anne Safka (better known as Melanie; born February 3, 1947) is an American singer and songwriter.[1] She is best known for hit songs, like "Ruby Tuesday" and "Brand New Key". Another well-known song is about performing at the 1969 Woodstock Festival: "Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)".

In 1989, Safka won an Emmy Award for writing the lyrics to "The First Time I Loved Forever". It was the theme song to the television series Beauty and the Beast.

One of Safka's songs, "Brand New Key", was banned by some radio stations because the lyrics could be teasing about sex.

Safka was born in the Astoria area of Queens in New York City.[2]

Further reading[change | change source]

  • Melanie: The First Lady of Woodstock (2011); a biography by John Lambo

References[change | change source]

  1. "Melanie Safka Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved June 20, 2017.
  2. "Meet the 'Brand New' Melanie". Westerly Sun. Retrieved June 21, 2017.[permanent dead link]

Other websites[change | change source]

Media related to Melanie Safka at Wikimedia Commons