Kate McGarrigle, folk singer, ex-wife of Loudon Waingwright III, and mother of musicians Rufus and Martha Wainwright, died Monday night at the age of 63 after succumbing to cancer. Best known for recording 10 albums in French and English with her sister, Anna, their songs have been covered by artists like Linda Ronstadt, Billy Bragg and Emmylou Harris.
Speaking in an interview with the London Telegraph, Rufus Wainwright once said, "The truth is, I've drawn a lot of my creative inspiration from Mum and her background She's a very earthy, very instinctual woman, and that comes out in her music. I knew very early on that, like her and Dad, I wanted to be a singer-songwriter."
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