Stage vet sang with Clark, appeared in 'Hair'

Linda Lawley Pelfrey, a singer and member of Society of Composers & Lyricists, died of cancer Nov. 24 in Woodland Hills, Calif. She was 58.

A memorial service will be held Dec. 14 at 11 a.m. at Shepherd of the Hills, 19700 Rinaldi St., Porter Ranch.

Raised in Gulfport, Miss., Pelfrey started out as a folk singer and then performed with southern rock group Eternity’s Children, which appeared with The Rolling Stones, Rod Stewart and on American Bandstand.

Moving to New York, she appeared in “The Earl of Ruston” on Broadway and in “Hair” and “Iphigenia” at Joseph Papp’s Public Theater.

She worked as a backup singer with artists including BJ Thomas and Petula Clark, and with her songwriting partner Margaret Dorn, wrote “Kiss Me the Way You Did Last Night,” which was recorded by the Carpenters.

At the end of the 1970s, she moved to L.A. to join the Michael Chapman-produced rock band Thieves and later performed with cabaret act Roommates.

She married composer Danny Pelfrey in 1991, and began collaborating with him co-writing and producing music and creating music library Amusicom.

She is survived by her husband, a sister and a brother.

Donations may be made to the Sarcoma Foundation of America, 9884 Main St., P. O. Box 458, Damascus, MD 20872.

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