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Laura Nyro


Laura Nyro was among pop music’s true originals: An excellent and innovative composer, her tracks found greater business success within the hands of other performers, but her own information — intricate, haunting functions highlighting her singularly powerful vocal phrasing, evocative lyrics, and alchemical fusion of gospel, spirit, folk, and jazz buildings — remain her definitive artistic legacy. The girl of the jazz trumpeter, she was created Laura Nigro on Oct 18, 1947, and constructed her first tracks at age eight. After participating in Manhattan’s famed SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL of Music and Artwork, she began executing in area night clubs, drawing on affects as different as Bob Dylan and John Coltrane. In 1967, Nyro released her initial LP, Greater than a New Breakthrough; though commercially unsuccessful, the record was a treasure trove of materials for other performers — the 5th Dimension have scored with “Wedding ceremony Bell Blues” and “Blowin’ Apart,” Barbra Streisand protected “Stoney End,” and Bloodstream, Perspiration & Tears tackled “SO WHEN I Die.” In 1967, Nyro produced simply her second main live appearance up to now on the Monterey Pop Celebration, where her idiosyncratic efficiency baffled the group. Nevertheless, David Geffen — a music agent at that time — captured her arranged and was therefore impressed that he stop his current placement to be her supervisor. He also received Nyro a agreement with Columbia, and in 1968 she came back with the remarkable Eli as well as the Thirteenth Confession. As the recording earned vast crucial acclaim, she once again found commercial achievement not really with her personal recordings, but with addresses of Eli’s tunes, because the Fifth Dimensions reached the graphs with renditions of “Stoned Spirit Picnic” and “Nice Blindness,” while “Eli’s Comin'” became a significant strike for Three Doggie Night. NY Tendaberry, released in 1969, fared better because of the strong person to person right now trailing her function; the record’s “Period and Like” and “Save the united states” soon surfaced as two of her most well-regarded and well-known tunes. With 1970’s Xmas as well as the Beads of Perspiration, she continuing her exploration of spirit music, enlisting Muscle mass Shoals staples like Barry Beckett, Roger Hawkins, and Eddie Hinton; “Beads of Perspiration” also presented guitar function from Duane Allman. Gonna Have a Magic, documented with Labelle as well as the creation group of Gamble & Huff, proclaimed a dramatic still left submit 1971; Nyro’s lone record of non-original materials, it presented her tributes to Motown (“Jimmy Mack,” “Nowhere to perform”), doo wop (“The Bells,” “Spanish Harlem”), and the lady group period (“I Met Him on the Weekend”). At age 24, Nyro announced her pension; she wedded, severed her market connections, and relocated to a little community in New Britain. However, the relationship finished in divorce, and in 1976 she resurfaced with Smile; a following tour yielded the 1977 live arranged Season of Lamps. However, the lengthy layoff derailed whatever graph momentum her music experienced accrued, and following the dismal product sales of 1978’s Nested, she once again retreated from your music business. When Nyro finally came back from her self-imposed exile in 1984 with Mother’s Religious, her music experienced grown even more reserved and introspective; because the name indicated, her personal motherhood provided substantial inspiration on her behalf fresh work, as do her rustic New Britain life-style. While she didn’t make any overt declarations of pension, Nyro waited another five years before issuing her following LP, Live in the bottom Line, recorded on the legendary NY club; Walk your dog & Light the Light, her initial collection of brand-new material in almost a decade, implemented in 1993. Four years afterwards, Nyro passed away of ovarian cancers, on Apr 8, 1997. A posthumous record, Angel at night, was released in 2001, and many extra live recordings also surfaced.

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Full Name Laura Nyro
Died April 8, 1997, Danbury, Connecticut, United States
Profession Songwriter, Singer-songwriter, Composer, Pianist, Lyricist
Education The High School of Music & Art
Nationality American
Spouse David Bianchini
Children Gil Bianchini
Parents Louis Nigro, Gilda Nigro
Awards Grammy Hall of Fame
Music Songs Wedding Bell Blues, Stoned Soul Picnic, Stoney End, And When I Die, Save the Country, Eli's Comin', Sweet Blindness, Blowin' Away, Up on the Roof, Time and Love, I Never Meant to Hurt You, Flim Flam Man, Goodbye Joe, Poverty Train, He's a Runner, Lite a Flame, Captain for Dark Mornings, Billy's Blues, Upstairs by a Chinese Lamp, Blackpatch, I Met Him on a Sunday, Emmie, It's Gonna Take a Miracle, Map to the Treasure, Gibsom Street, California Shoeshine Boys, When I Was a Freeport and You Were the Main Drag, December's Boudoir, Once It Was Alright Now, Tom Cat Goodby, Captain Saint Lucifer, Been on a Train
Albums More Than a New Discovery, Eli and the Thirteenth Confession, New York Tendaberry, Christmas and the Beads of Sweat, Gonna Take a Miracle, Smile, Season of Lights, Nested, Mother's Spiritual, Laura: Live at the Bottom Line, Stoned Soul Picnic: The Best of Laura Nyro, Angel in the Dark, Live: The Loom's Desire, Impressions, Walk the Dog and Light the Light, Time and Love: The Essential Masters, Live from Mountain Stage, Spread Your Wings and Fly: Live at the Fillmore East May 30, 1971, The Essential Laura Nyro, Playlist: The Very Best Of Laura Nyro, Live At Carnegie Hall, Smile (Bonus Track Version), American Dreamer - Live At The Bottom Line, Ny 12Th July 1978 (Remastered)
Movies Broken Rainbow

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1 Performed at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival. Her performance was not as well-received as those by Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix, and rumors persisted for years that Nyro had been booed offstage. A recording of her set surfaced in the late 1990s, that proved otherwise.
2 Dropped out of New York's Performing Arts School without graduating, to pursue her music career.
3 Her biggest hit records came from cover versions of her songs, by other artists. Among them are "And When I Die" by Blood Sweat & Tears, "Eli's Comin'" by Three Dog Night, "Stoney End" by Barbra Streisand, and "Wedding Bell Blues", "Stoned Soul Picnic" and "Save The Country" by The 5th Dimension.
4 Biography in: "American National Biography". Supplement 1, pp. 456-457. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.
5 Ranked #52 on VH1's 100 Greatest Women of Rock N Roll



Glee 2012 TV Series writer - 1 episode
True Blood 2011 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Morning Light 2008 Documentary writer: "Everyone's a VIP To Someone"
The Wrecking Crew! 2008 Documentary writer: "Stoned Soul Picnic"
Medium 2007 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Ranch 2004 TV Movie writer: "Emmie"
A Home at the End of the World 2004 performer: "Desiree", "It's Gonna Take a Miracle"
The Event 2003 writer: "And When I Die"
The Bernie Mac Show 2002 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Six Feet Under 2002 TV Series 1 episode
The Simpsons 2001 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Final Destination 2000 writer: "And When I Die"
Any Day Now 1999 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Sports Night 1999 TV Series writer - 1 episode
If These Walls Could Talk 1996 TV Movie performer: "Stoned Soul Picnic" / writer: "Stoned Soul Picnic"
Bilang na ang araw mo 1996 writer: "Wedding Bell Blues"
Women of the House 1995 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Mystery Science Theater 3000 1992-1993 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
My Girl 1991 writer: "Wedding Bell Blues"
Designing Women TV Series 1 episode, 1989 writer - 1 episode, 1989
Who's That Girl 1987 writer: "Wedding Bell Blues"
The Ernie Sigley Show 1974-1975 TV Series writer - 8 episodes
The Graham Kennedy Show 1973 TV Series writer - 3 episodes
The Two Ronnies 1971 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Kraft Music Hall 1970 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Movin' 1970 TV Movie writer: "Wedding Bell Blues"
The Ed Sullivan Show 1968-1969 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Francis Albert Sinatra Does His Thing 1968 TV Movie writer: "Stoned Soul Picnic", "Sweet Blindness" - uncredited

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Broken Goddess 1973 Short production supervisor



Broken Rainbow 1985 Documentary Herself (voice)
In Concert 1971 TV Series Herself
The Kraft Music Hall 1969 TV Series Herself
Monterey Pop 1968 Documentary Performer (uncredited)
Where the Action Is 1967 TV Series Herself

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The 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony 2012 TV Movie Herself - Honoree
Spectacle: Elvis Costello with... 2008 TV Series Herself

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1 I always sang, from the time I could make a noise. And I always wrote. I wrote little poems and at about 8 or 9, I started writing little songs. [Interview with Life Magazine, 1970]

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