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Laura Nyro

Laura Nyro – ‘Gonna Take a Miracle’

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Comparisons:
Laura Nyro had a huge hit with Carole King’s “Up on the Roof,” and fans of King would certainly enjoy Nyro’s work. Fans of Janis Ian, Joni Mitchell, Suzanne Vega, and Peter Paul & Mary will enjoy Laura Nyro, and vice versa.

Blood Sweat and Tears – “And When I Die”
Peter Paul & Mary – “And When I Die”
Barbra Streisand – “Stoney End” and others
The 5th Dimension – “Wedding Bell Blues” and others
Kanye West – sampled “Save the Country”
J Dilla – sampled “Once It Was Alright”
Jill Sobule – “Stoned Soul Picnic”
Rosanne Cash – “Save the Country”
Beth Nielsen Chapman – “Stoney End”
Jonatha Brook – “He’s a Runner”
Patty Larkin – “Poverty Train”
Suzanne Vega – “Buy and Sell

Laura Nyro Biography:
Laura Nryo was born Laura Nigro in Bronx, NY, in October 1947. Her father was a musician who played jazz trumpet and tuned pianos. Nyro grew up playing piano and attended the New York High School of Music and Art. She started performing as a teenager, busking on the street with friends.
When she was 19, she obtained a manager and, soon after, recorded her debut albumMore Than a Discovery (Folkways). After that record was released, Nyro and her new manager, David Geffen, started Tuna Music and scored her a recording contract with Columbia Records. Columbia released her second album Eli and the Thirteenth Confession in 1968.

She would release two more albums before getting married and retiring from the music industry at the age of 24. She remained out of the music business until that marriage ended. Then, in 1976, she released another album of original material and hit the road to record a live album. She continued to tour and record for the remainder of her life.

Nyro was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 1996, and died a year later at the age of 49. Columbia released a double-disc retrospective in the year after her diagnosis and, following her death, some of folk music’s greatest contributing women gathered to pay tribute to Nyro’s life, including Suzanne Vega, Jane Siberry, Rosanne Cash, Sweet Honey in the Rock, and many more.

In 2009, Laura Nyro was nominated to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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October 11, 2009 - Posted by | 1

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