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Melanie Safka

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3, 1947
New York City, NY
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3, 1947 (age 73)
New York City, NY


Well known for her biggest American hit, "Brand New Key," she performed at the Woodstock Festival. Her experience there served as inspiration for her signature song "Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)."

Before Fame

She made her first public singing appearance at the age of 4 on the radio show Live Like a Millionaire. She studied acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and began singing in folk clubs during that time.


She was initially signed to Columbia Records with whom she released two singles. She then released her acclaimed debut album through Buddah Records.

Family Life

She was born in Astoria, Queens, New York to a Ukranian father and Italian mother.

Associated With

Her song "Brand New Key" was featured in the Paul Thomas Anderson directed film Boogie Nights.