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Laura Nyro died on this date in 1997 of ovarian cancer. She was 49. The Rolling Stone obituary opened with this:
Laura Nyro, one of the most important female singer/songwriters of the '60s and '70s, died Tuesday at her Danbury, Conn., home at the age of 49 due to complications from ovarian cancer. Best known for such classics as "Wedding Bell Blues," "Stoned Soul Picnic," "And When I Die," "Stoney End" and "Eli's Comin,'" Nyro influenced peers and generations to come with her poetic lyrics, emotional vocal style and free-form compositions that drew on gospel and soul.Singer, songwriter, pianist, she is a joy to listen to and a personal favorite. Enjoy:
You can listen to the first album I ever had and her debut album -The First Songs- here at this Youtube link. There's a Laura Nyro station on Pandora and on Google Play.
You can listen to Stoned Soul Picnic: The Best of Laura Nyro below from Spotify:
According to Wikipedia, the Stoned Soul Picnic album was "the last album Nyro released during her lifetime, and she died from ovarian cancer less than two months after its release" and "the most comprehensive overview of her work to date." Such a loss! It makes me cry. Her voice is so warm and lovely.
Her second album was Eli and the Thirteenth Confession:
Also via Spotify is New York Tendaberry, her third album: