‘Angel Baby’ singer dies; classic hit covered by Lennon
PHOENIX (AP) — The singer of the 1960s hit “Angel Baby,” a song covered by artists such as John Lennon and Linda Ronstadt, has died.
Rose Hamlin, the 71-year-old lead singer of Rosie and the Originals, died in her sleep on March 30, according to a post by her daughter, Debbie Cray, on the late performer’s website.
Hamlin was born Rosalie Hamlin on July 21, 1945, in Oregon. She was raised in Alaska before moving to California when she was a preteen.
Hamlin was 14 years old when she penned “Angel Baby,” a song that Lennon would later call one of his all-time favorites.
Cray said Hamlin hadn’t performed in years over concerns for her health, but she had taken up tending a “lovely garden,” according to her post on the website.
Cray said in an interview with The Associated Press that her mother was a nature and animal lover who kept chickens and enjoyed fishing, planting trees and camping. She had a great sense of humor and loved playing pranks on people, Cray said.
“I think she really enjoyed just being Rosie the mom and grandma. I think after a while like that was just a separate life,” Cray said of her mother’s music career.