October 26, 1951 – January 21, 2017
Maggie Roche, along with her sisters, Terre and Suzzy, wrote and performed primarily folk music as the Roches. Formed in Park Ridge, New Jersey in 1973, the group went on to release numerous critically acclaimed albums. They got their first break when Maggie and Terre were invited to sing harmony on Paul Simon‘s There Goes Rhymin’ Simon. Before they knew it, the due was signed to Columbia Records who released their debut in 1975. Suzzy soon joined and they re-christened themselves as the Roaches and released their Robert Fripp produced self-titled debut in 1979. The album included two of their best known songs, “Hammond Song” and “The Married Men,” both written by Maggie. In later years, they slowed down in terms of touring but continued recording as a trio, as duos, and individually. Their last studio album as the Roches, Moonswept, was released in 2007. Maggie Roche died of cancer on January 21, 2017. She was 65.