Laura Nyro

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Laura Nyro /ˈnɪər/ NEAR-oh (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 Comin'"; and Barbra 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".

In 2012, Nyro was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1966 The First Songs Laura Nyro 6
1967 More Than a New Discovery Laura Nyro 2
1968 Eli and the Thirteenth Confession Laura Nyro 7
1969 New York Tendaberry Laura Nyro 4
1971 Gonna Take a Miracle Laura Nyro and LaBelle 3
1976 Smile Laura Nyro 3
1978 Nested Laura Nyro 2
1984 Mother's Spiritual Laura Nyro 3
1993 Walk the Dog & Light the Light Laura Nyro 1
2001 Angel in the Dark Laura Nyro 2
2008 Christmas and the Beads of Sweat Laura Nyro 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1997 Stoned Soul Picnic: The Best of Laura Nyro Laura Nyro 1
2000 Time and Love: The Essential Masters Laura Nyro 3 2

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1989 Laura Nyro Live at the Bottom Line Laura Nyro 2
1995 Season of Lights: Laura Nyro in Concert Laura Nyro 2
2000 Live From Mountain Stage Laura Nyro 1
2002 Live: The Loom's Desire Laura Nyro 1
2003 Live In Japan Laura Nyro 1
2004 Spread Your Wings and Fly: Live at the Fillmore East May 30, 1971 Laura Nyro 1
2012 Live at Carnegie Hall 1976 Laura Nyro 1

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