Laura Nyro was born on this day in 1947. I thought I had written a post about her birthday last year and since I’m a little pressed for time today I thought I would just repost it. But when I search the posts I found that I had written about Laura on the day of her birth but rather on the day of her death April 8th. She dies on the same day as Kurt Cobian. I started the post writing about both loses the first being Cobain and the…… The second Laura Nyro died from ovarian cancer in 1997 at the age of 49 the same age at which her mother had died from the disease. Both of them left us too soon but left terrific legacies. Since I am more of a fan of Laura Nyro than Cobain. I will focus on her music.. Some background from Wikipedia:
Laura Nyro (October 18, 1947 – April 8, 1997) was an American songwriter, singer, and pianist. She achieved critical acclaim with her own recordings, particularly the albums Eli and the Thirteenth Confession (1968) and New York Tendaberry (1969), and had commercial success with artists such as Barbra Streisand and The 5th Dimension recording her songs. Her style was a hybrid of Brill Building-style New York pop, jazz, gospel, rhythm and blues, show tunes, rock and soul. Between 1968 and 1970, a number of artists had hits with her songs: The 5th Dimension with “Blowing Away”, “Wedding Bell Blues”, “Stoned Soul Picnic”, “Sweet Blindness”, “Save The Country” and “Black Patch”; Blood, Sweat & Tears and Peter, Paul & Mary with “And When I Die”; Three Dog Night and Maynard Ferguson with “Eli’s Coming”; and Streisand with “Stoney End”, “Time and Love”, and “Hands off the Man (Flim Flam Man)”. Nyro’s best-selling single was her recording of Carole King and Gerry Goffin’s “Up on the Roof.” Read More
An amazing amount of great songs in such a short period of time Patty Di Lauria writes on Laura Nyros’s webpage:
“If Laura’s life were to be represented in a painting, it would have to be a mural, one shared by artists such as Chagall (the lightness and flow of her), Picasso or Braque (the fractured struggles she endured in the world of the music industry), Gauguin (for her luscious sensuality), Rousseau ( for her awareness of the mystery of creation itself), and Picasso, once again, (for the fury and anger she felt at social injustice and abuse.” Continue Reading
Prior to her death, Columbia Records prepared a double-disc CD retrospective of material from her years at the label. Laura was involved and she selected the tracks and approved the final project. She lived to see the release of Stoned Soul Picnic: The Best of Laura Nyro (1997), and was reportedly pleased with the outcome. So here’s some morning music “Stoney End” from her début album! Happy Birthday, Laura – you left us way too soon!!