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Remembering the brilliant Laura Nyro. Today in 1997 American singer, songwriter Laura Nyro died from ovarian cancer. Suzanne Vega, Phoebe Snow, Roseane Cash, Frank Sinatra and Linda Ronstadt all covered her songs. She wrote 'And When I Die' a hit for Blood, Sweat & Tears and 'Stoney End' which was covered by Barbra Streisand.
Reposted from @rothing_in_the_freeworld - Our fabulous lady today on Fabulous Female is Laura Nyro. Laura had quite a following in the early 1970’s. Her 1st 2 records, “Eli and the Thirteenth Confession” and “New York Tendaberry” were favorites of many of us college kids at the time.
Sadly, Laura is mostly forgotten by young folks these days but there was a time, between 1968-70, that Laura was as popular as Joni Mitchell (imo). Like Joni during this time period, other well known performers like Streisand, Three Dog Night, Blood Sweat and Tears, and the 5th Dimension were having huge hits recording Laura’s songs.
Laura wrote numerous songs that became hits covered by other artists.
Songs like: Sweet Blindness, Stoned Soul Picnic, And When I Die, Wedding Bell Blues, Save the Country, Stoney End, Eli’s Coming...
In 1971 Laura decided to record her favorite soul songs, songs like Spanish Harlem, Jimmy Mack, Nowhere to Run, and You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me. The album, my favorite, “Gonna Take a Miracle” has Patti LaBelle (yes that Patti LaBelle!), Nona Hendrix (yes that Nona Hendrix!), and Sarah Dash (🤷🏻♂️) supplying the background vocals (not too shabby🙌🏻). Also in 1971, on the verge of stardom, Laura left her career behind when she got married. She didn’t record another album for 5 years. When she did make her comeback her records were more intense and personal. Laura didn’t seek commercial success. Her songs were more like poems.
Albums like “Walk the Dog & Light the Light” and “Angel in the Dark” are complex but well worth delving into.
Laura chose the life she wanted; she chose not to seek fame and fortune at the expense of her artistic integrity.
Laura Nyro died of ovarian cancer on April 8, 1997