I love her albums Eli & the 13th Confession and New York Tendaberry, as well as her later works like Smile, Nested, and Mother's Spiritual.
She was a lesbian, but married to a man at one point and had a son named Gil, who apparently was kind of a delinquent. She died way too soon. Who else is a fan? Is there any gossip about her? Joni Mitchell apparently thought very highly of her (and Joni doesn't think highly of anyone).
One of my favorite singers of all time -- but no one under the age of 45 seems to have heard of her. A real shame -- she not only recorded some amazing songs, California Shoe Shine Boys, Stone Soul Picnic, Good Bye Joe, etc.... she wrote so many for other people. But she seems lost in the mists of time now.
She was way before my time and I knew nothing about her until I watched that (dreadful) David Geffen doco on PBS a few months ago. All I can say is, "wow!" She really was something. Eli's Comin' is one amazing song.
Whenever I hear other artists singing her songs I always think of her, she was pretty cool. Bette Midler did a tribute to her at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (I think) and her story was fascinating, she was so young and talented.
Nothing more depressing than an aging hippie waxing on and on about her. She was obscure at best, and everyone keeps trying to make her contribution more than it was. Her stuff is absolutely unlistenable now. Small, wispy and thin.
I bought her cd after viewing the excellent Geffen documentary. I like her version of "Eli's" better than 3 Dog's, although I like their's too. She resembles GaGa who should play her in the movie if they ever make one. She's quirky, an acquired taste, but her songs were big hits for Blood Sweat & Tears, Three Dog Night, Barbra Streisand (her version is far superior to Laura's Stoney End).
Laura was bi-sexual she liked clams and oysters.
R4 You are a cunt madame. Nyro's songs wre not obscure. Her songs became hits in the hands of other people but she was not unknown.Go back to mum's basement and boogie on down to One Dierction and blow yourself.
Nyro was going to be on Geffen's Asylum Records and then backed out at the last minute. It devastated him.I'm a big Nyro fan but that wasn't her greatest moment in terms of loyalty.
I liked her rawness, but her singing can be an acquired taste. However, I think ELI AND THE THIRTEENTH CONFESSION and CHRISTMAS AND THE BEADS OF SWEAT are terrific (love "Upstairs By a China Lamp" on the latter disc).
Her voice worked best with her own material as she shaped it to her own talents, but when she did covers it was a very mixed bag. She did an album with Labelle that didn't work at all IMO.
Occasionally her songwriting could be annoyingly opaque - particularly on NEW YORK TENDABERRY - as if she was trying to create her own Beat Poetry, but her vocals were haunting nonetheless.
I can see why Joni Mitchell would like her - they were both women who defiantly marched to their own beat, commercialism be damned.
Slight OT, but Streisand also did a wonderful version of Mitchell's "I Don't Know Where I Stand" on the STONEY END album. It's one of my favorite Streisand performances on disc.
"I want it to sound like that purple chair!"
Laura to her producer in the studio
All I know is that she was born of love, and her poor mother worked the mines.
[quote] Joni Mitchell apparently thought very highly of her (and Joni doesn't think highly of anyone).
Joni Mitchell never lies!
r4 = typical latterday DL trash who considers Madonna the last word in timeless music.
Jackson Browne's "That Girl Could Sing" was written about her.
New York Tendaberry is one of the best albums of all time. If you're not familiar with Laura, however, Eli & the Thirteenth Confession is a good place to start.
Piss on you, R4, and piss on your collection of Justin Bieber recordings and ephemera, especially your six dozen pairs of size 36 Bieberpants.
I love that song, R12. That [italic]boy[/italic] could sing, too.
r12, I believe you're wrong, "That Girl Could Sing" was written about Jackson's sometime girlfriend and angelic voiced L.A. session & solo singer the lovely Valerie Carter. Her albums are all worth owning.
Fun stuff about Laura Nyro from her "cousin" Alan Merrill in the interview linked below (about halfway down the page). He explains about their close family connection and describes things like the Monterey Pop Festival and the Geffen deal from Laura's point of view.
Alan Merrill = Helen Merrill's son
He also married the ex-wife of actor Leonard Whiting, a beautiful model named Cathee Dahmen.
Thanks r14. I hadn't heard that song since I was a kid and it was new. I'm also familiar with Nyro's original version -- I knew her stuff but wasn't a big fan -- and, as an adult, I am impressed with the production and vocal arrangements. I might be a heretic, but I prefer this version to the original, and that's usually not the case.
When did she die and how? By the way Madonna was a HUGE Laura Nyro fan and was photographed leaving one of her concerts.
And Madonna has had some brilliant and critically acclaimed records, but this thread isn't about her
She died of ovarian cancer in 1997.
R23 that sucks, how young was she?
She had ovarian cancer, she was a late in life lez-lez. I went to her memorial concert at The Beacon, Sandra Bernhard, Desmond Child performed, it was good. I barely remember it, it was in the 90s and I was stoned.
She was 49. What's creepy is that her mother also died of ovarian cancer, and she was also 49.
I think her SO (a writer or poet?) died of
cancer not too terribly long after Laura's
death. The whole thing is sad.
We didn't want to go down that stoney end...
She was great. The fact that she wrote and sang her own songs was amazing enough, but the songs she wrote were soo original, truly great songs. A unique artist. Have several of her albums. Glad that Bette Midler introduced her induction into R&R Hall of Fame. Bette choked up when talking about her.
"Gonna Take A Miracle" by Laura Nyro is a classic album. One of the best records ever recorded. Not bad...Labelle did all the back ups. Incredible music. Do yourself a favor. The music doesn't age.
Yes, i also think that it's her best album as well, R30.