‘Friends, my dear, beautiful sister Maggie passed away today after a long struggle with cancer. She was a private person, too sensitive and shy for this world, but brimming with life, love, and talent. I want to let you know how grateful she was to everyone who listened and understood her through her music and her songs. After decades of singing, writing, traveling and performing together, we spent the last month and a half helping each other through her final journey, now I have to let her go. I’m heartbroken. I adored her. She was smart, wickedly funny, and authentic ~ not a false bone in her body ~ a brilliant songwriter, with a distinct unique perspective, all heart and soul. It’ll be hard for me to carry on without her.’
This is what The Roches posted on their Facebook page about the loss of their eldest sister Maggie Roche, who died after losing the battle with cancer on January 21st, at the age of 65. Maggie, Terre, and Suzzy Roche were one of the most distinctive and important vocal groups, serving the folk-rock genre and their debut self-titled album (Warner Bros. Records, 1979) was produced by Robert Fripp.
‘Hammond Song‘ is among their ‘golden heritage’ songs: