Annette Snell

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Annette Snell
Birth name Annetta Snell
Also known as Annetta
Born (1945-03-22)22 March 1945
Orlando, Florida, US
Died 4 April 1977(1977-04-04) (aged 32)
New Hope, Georgia, US
Genres Soul, R&B
Occupation(s) Singer
Years active 1963–1977
Labels Love Hill, Juggy, Dial, Epic
Associated acts The Mar-Vells
The Fabulettes

Annette Snell (March 22, 1945 – April 4, 1977) was an American rhythm and blues singer who recorded in the 1960s and 1970s. She died in the Southern Airways Flight 242 crash.


She was born Annetta Snell in Orlando, Florida, and in the early 1960s was a member of a vocal backing group, the Mar-Vells. She then became a member of the girl group The Fabulettes, who made several recordings in 1965 and 1966. In 1968, Snell left the group to go to New York, and then to Nashville, Tennessee, to pursue a solo career. Under the name Annetta, she recorded "Since There Is No More You" with Paul Kelly. Kelly then brought her to the attention of record producer and music publisher Buddy Killen. More singles came, all written by Kelly, and her greatest success was achieved with the No. 19 Billboard rhythm and blues hit "You Oughta' Be Here With Me" in 1973. She followed it up with two more R&B chart hits, also released on the Dial label, the following year, "Get Your Thing Together" (No. 44); and "Just as Hooked As I’ve Been" (No. 71).[1][2][3]

She then won a deal to record an album for Epic Records in Muscle Shoals, Alabama with the Swampers session musicians. They initially produced one unreleased single, "Promises Should Never be Broken", and Snell returned for a further session in early 1977. She was returning home via Atlanta, Georgia after working on tracks for the album when the flight she was on, Southern Airways Flight 242, went down in New Hope, Georgia during a severe thunderstorm on April 4, 1977. She was buried in Dade North Memorial Park Cemetery Opa-locka, Florida.

She was married to Pete Jackson of Touch of Class.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Clifford Davids, "Annette Snell: The Soul Diva aboard Flight 242", June 16, 2013. Retrieved 16 October 2013
  2. ^ Red Kelly, "Annette Snell", The B-Side, 1 November 2006. Retrieved 16 October 2013
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1996). Top R&B Singles: 1942-1995. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. p. 409. ISBN 0-89820-115-2. 

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