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Maria Muldaur (born Maria Grazia Rosa Domenica D'Amato, 12 September 1943, in Greenwich Village, New York) is a roots-folk and blues singer best known for her song "Midnight at the Oasis".
She became engaged and was married to fellow singer and Jug Band member Geoff Muldaur, but their cooperation and marriage ended in 1972, after which she started a solo career.
In 1974 she had a hit with "Midnight at the Oasis", which reached number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100. This was followed in 1975 by her treatment of "I'm a Woman", the Leiber and Stoller number earlier associated with Peggy Lee. Around this time, Muldaur established a relationship with the Grateful Dead and their family. Opening for certain shows in summer of 74', with John Kahn, bassist of Jerry Garcia Band, which would eventually earn her a seat in the band. In the late 1970s, she was a member of the Jerry Garcia Band as a backing vocalist.
More recently, Muldaur appeared on Super Jam (1989), the live recording of the German TV series Villa Fantastica with Brian Auger on piano, Pete York on drums, Dick Morrissey on tenor saxophone, Roy Williams on trombone, Harvey Weston on bass and Zoot Money, also on vocals.
Her 2005 release Sweet Lovin' Ol' Soul was nominated for both a W.C. Handy Award and a Grammy Award in the Traditional Blues Category