Melanie

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Melanie has featured in pre-show reels, was cited by Morrissey as a revered singer and then ultimately was covered by Morrissey on California Son.
Speaking to The Guardian (December 14, 2021), she said of Some Say (I Got Devil):

“That’s Morrissey’s favourite, he did a version of it recently,”

She was the subject of a Central RIP statement in January, 2024.

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American singer/songwriter (born February 3, 1947 in Astoria, New York as Melanie Anne Safka; died January 23, 2024 in Nashville, Tennessee). In 1971, she formed her own label Neighborhood Records (2) with her husband producer Peter Schekeryk (1942-2010). They were married in 1968 and had 2 daughters Leilah And Jeordie and 1 son Beau Jarred Schekeryk. At the beginning of her career, Melanie was a follower of Meher Baba. At the age of 22, she was one of only three women who performed at Woodstock, and in 1971 Melanie became a spokesperson and did a world tour for UNICEF.

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Melanie Anne Safka Schekeryk (February 3, 1947 – January 23, 2024), professionally known as Melanie or Melanie Safka, was an American singer-songwriter. Melanie is widely known for the 1971–72 global hit "Brand New Key"; her 1970 version of the Rolling Stones' "Ruby Tuesday"; her composition "What Have They Done to My Song Ma"; and her 1970 international breakthrough hit "Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)", which was inspired by her experience of performing at the 1969 Woodstock music festival.


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