Linda Lawley, who began singing as a teenager and went on to perform on Broadway and become a songwriter and producer, died of cancer on November 28, 2007, in her Woodland Hills home. She was 58.
Lawley's musical career began at age 16 in Gulfport, Miss., where she honed her skills singing folk music in clubs along the Gulf Coast.
In 1966 Lawley started performing with the group Eternity's Children, which appeared with The Rolling Stones, Rod Stewart, and on American Bandstand.
Lawley landed parts on the Broadway stage after the group disbanded in 1970, including roles in "Hair," "The Earl of Ruston" and a rock musical based on the plays of Euripides, "Iphigenia."
"Linda had a very big and rich voice. She could sing rock and roll or big ballads. She was very talented but she didn't play up her own ability," said her husband, Danny Pelfrey.
Lawley worked with an eclectic group of singers and musicians after her stage career. She did studio work with B.J. Thomas, and with the Wicked Lester band that evolved into Kiss.
She toured around the world as a backup singer with Petula Clark. The Carpenters recorded a song Lawley co-wrote with Margaret Dorn, "Kiss Me the Way You Did Last Night." Lawley and her husband toured with Carole King in the early 1990s.
After her marriage in 1991 to Pelfrey, she concentrated on co-writing and producing music with her husband and creating Amusicon, their musical library.
"Linda was one of the most loving and intelligent people you'd ever meet. She was down-to-earth and had empathy for people," said friend Helen Yu, a Los Angeles-based entertainment attorney with Yu Leseberg, P.C. "When she set her mind to a goal, she made it happen."
As their attorney, Helen Yu helped Linda and her husband, composer Danny Pelfry, to achieve the goals they had set their mind to by running their business ventures such as Earmark Productions and handling numerous music publishing and licensing deals.
"She had a depth of life experience and emotional intelligence. [...] She was my mentor in life. I miss her."
Donations in her memory can be sent to Sarcoma Foundation of America, P.O. Box 458, Damascus, MD 20872. For more information, go to www.curesarcoma.org.