expand Laura Nyro
Born Laura Nigro in The Bronx, Laura Nyro composed her first songs at age 8, and took to singing with different harmony-oriented groups in the subways and street corners of New York (one of her favorite songs being the 1954 Nolan Strong and the Diablo’s tune "The Wind" which she would cover in 1971).  Barely out of her teens, she released her first album, More Than A New Discovery in 1966 on Verve Records, moving over to Columbia Records after discrepancies over her contract emerged.
Laura’s second live public appearance was at the Monterey Pop Festival, which several sources claimed was disastrous, with her being booed off the stage.  These claims were in fact, later contradicted as totally erroneous, as she was said to have received a warm reception. 
Her second disc, 1968's Eli and The Thirteenth Confession was a Pop Classic, layered with R&B elements and offbeat vocal and instrumental arrangements.
Many of her songs were made popular by other artists : "Eli's Coming" (Three Dog Night), "And When I Die" (Blood,Sweat & Tears), and "Stoned Soul Picnic" (The Fifth Dimension) while her own output did not fare as well in sales. 
After 1971's collaboration with LaBelle, Gonna Take A Miracle (an all-covers album), her work became more sporadic as, uncomfortable with the idea of celebrity, she would take long sabbaticals from the music world to concentrate on relationships (the most successful her final 17-year partnership with another woman) and raising her son (a musician who performs under the name Gil T.).
Laura releasing only four more studio albums before she tragically passed away from ovarian cancer in 1997.

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Live at KRAFT MUSIC HALL Thank you all for commenting and loving Laura! =D

  • Susan Gross Luved her,,,,,,,,,one of my favorites !!!(::

  • David Wilson Wow, what an awesome talent - always loved that song.
  • The Los Angeles Free Press 60's Music Site Truly one of the great songwriters of our time, so chilling, yet so upbeat. Couldn't be more deserving of a spot in the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame
  • David Wilson Abso-freakin'-lutely!!
  • Susan Gross Luv her ,, great song!! I heard she passed away,, is that true??
  • The Los Angeles Free Press 60's Music Site (per wikipedia) In 1996 she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. After the diagnosis, Columbia Records prepared a double-disc CD retrospective of material from her years at the label. The company involved Nyro herself, who 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.

    Nyro died of ovarian cancer in Danbury, Connecticut, on April 8, 1997, at the age of 49; the same disease had claimed the life of her mother at the same age.
  • David Wilson Her singing just grabs my soul by the throat - the raw power of emotion in "It's Gonna Take A Miracle" strikes me to the core.
  • Susan Gross Thanks for the info... So young,, so sad,.. David u put it so well!!(..
  • Susan Gross
    See video
    One of my favorite songs .. Enjoy!!!!
    Her beautiful performance of "Poverty Train" begins at the 1:15 mark. Of course, she's a knockout before that, too. : )
  • The Los Angeles Free Press 60's Music Site THANKS for the post! We've all enjoyed it here :)
  • Susan Gross I am soo glad .. U are soo welcome(::: I really luv this site!!
    & thank u too!!! Lol!!!

  • Mike S Handley " a poetess of the mind and of the soul!"
  • Terry Greene Wow, bravo Harvey Perr. I felt exactly the same when I finally saw her in '75 - '76 at the Santa Monica Civic. She came out in long black dress, long black hair, white, white skin, red lips/nails and sat quietly at a black grand piano with nothing but a candle and a rose on it. I first really heard Christmas and the Beads of Sweat in late 1970/early 1971 and was completely enamored of her gentle genius but seeing her in person within whispering distance like that stole my heart like a thief in the night, never to be returned. Love you, Laura.
  • The Los Angeles Free Press 60's Music Site Terry... we love you. Always come by and say more.
  • Terry Greene Thank you ever so much, LA Free Press! :- )
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