Melanie Safka, Singer Of ‘Brand New Key,’ Passes Away At 76


Melanie Safka, known simply as “Melanie,” has sadly passed away at the age of 76. The announcement of her death was made by her PR firm, although the cause of her death has not been disclosed. Her children have also confirmed her passing.

Key Takeaway

Melanie Safka, known for her iconic performance at Woodstock and her hit song ‘Brand New Key,’ has passed away at the age of 76. Her musical contributions have left a lasting impact on pop culture.

A Woodstock Icon

Melanie gained fame for her performance at the original Woodstock festival in 1969, where she stood out as one of the few solo female performers. Her impactful presence at Woodstock served as inspiration for her future music, including the song ‘Lay Down (Candles in the Rain),’ which was inspired by the historic gathering.

Legacy of ‘Brand New Key’

One of Melanie’s most notable hits was ‘Brand New Key,’ which propelled her to stardom. The song gained widespread popularity and was featured in various films and television shows over the years, solidifying its place in pop culture.

Remembering Melanie’s Music

Aside from ‘Brand New Key,’ Melanie’s musical legacy includes other memorable tracks such as ‘What Have They Done to My Song Ma,’ ‘Ruby Tuesday,’ ‘The Saddest Thing,’ ‘Bitter Bad,’ ‘Ring the Living Bell,’ and ‘The Nickel Song,’ among others.

A Lasting Impact

Even in her later years, Melanie remained active in the music scene, collaborating with contemporary artists and working on new projects. She was reportedly in the process of recording a new album, showcasing her enduring passion for music.