Rosalie "Rosie" Méndez Hamlin (July 21, 1945 – March 30, 2017) was an American singer-songwriter. She was the frontwoman of the group Rosie and the Originals. She was born in Klamath Falls, Oregon, but was raised in Anchorage, Alaska. Hamlin was best known for the 1960 song "Angel Baby", which became a Top 40 hit in 1961 when Hamlin was only fifteen years old. She retired from the music industry in 1963.
Hamlin's "Angel Baby" was covered by several artists, including Linda Ronstadt and John Lennon, who cited Hamlin as one of his favorite singers. She was the first Latina to be honored by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as well as the first Latina to appear on Dick Clark's American Bandstand in 1961.
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- The Associated Press (April 5, 2017). "Rose Hamlin, a One-Hit Wonder With 'Angel Baby,' Dies at 71". The New York Times. Retrieved October 28, 2017.
- Kreps, Daniel (April 1, 2017). "Rosie Hamlin, Rosie and the Originals' 'Angel Baby' Singer, Dead at 71". Rolling Stone. Missing or empty