Laura Nyro

Laura Nyro (1947-1997) was an enigmatic performer, garnering critical acclaim for her recordings but having her greatest success through covers of her original compositions. Her first album, More Than a New Discovery, yielded a wealth of material for artists including the Fifth Dimension (“Wedding Bell Blues,” “Blowin’ Away”), Barbra Streisand (“Stoney End”) and Blood, Sweat & Tears (“And When I Die”), while her second effort, 1968’s Eli and the Thirteenth Confession, contained “Stoned Soul Picnic” and “Sweet Blindness,” both hits for the Fifth Dimension, and “Eli’s Comin’,” which was a major hit for Three Dog Night. 1969’s New York Tendaberry contained two of her most popular songs, “Time and Love” and “Save the Country.”