Discussion in 'The Sound Hound Lounge' started by Guitar55, Apr 8, 2015.
One of the great talents of the last 50 years left us on this day in 1997.
R.I.P Laura Nyro
What a talent she was. Thanks for posting.
Too bad not many around here seem to concur .
I'm not a big Streisand fan, but her cover of "Stoney End" is the best thing she's ever done.
She was brilliant, beautiful in mind and spirit, and like a fragile flower. Loved by both writers and performers, in my uneducated opinion, she never considered or wanted to be a loud, outgoing, touring arena-filling performer. She preferred to be more quiet, more sensitive and expressing her feelings through her songs...and she wrote many truly outstanding songs. She is, and will always be, both missed and remembered.
A very talented writer and singer. I don't know the circumstances of her disappearance from live performing except that she did not get a positive response from audiences. She seems to have been in the difficult position of either being a big performing artist or not a performer at all. Unfortunately marketing seems to require that one fit one of a handful of somewhat silly stereotypes. Probably more highly talented people slip through the cracks than make it for lasting careers.. Nick Drake was another obvious example.
I saw her at The Bottom Line in NYC.
She walked through the front door with the rest of us, reached the stage and as we could all see, she was very pregnant.
She smiled and said I'll do as many songs as I can, but don't know how long I can last up here.
Everyone understood and of course Laura was brilliant.
It was just another one of those magical NYC nights that just happen and you had to be there.
I'm going to go with this lesser known gem from her SMILE album.
A brilliant writer...loved her for years.
Mama, let me start all over
Cradle me, mama, cradle me again
This is not a great recording but it's an amazing performance. A complete show from '94. Just Laura, her piano and 3 other vocalists.
She is one of the greats IMO, had her own sound and it was fresh & very, very good.
Thanx 4 the links
She was hugely talented and taken way too soon.
Agreed. David Geffen's first signing,I believe.
I'm reading Geffen's bio "the Operator" now. Before him she had an old school manager who insisted she do a Vegas style revue performance at Monterey Pop. It was a huge flop, people booed and she moved back to NYC and holed up in her apartment and never wanted to appear in public again. Geffen took over and together they formed TunaFish music 50-50 to publish her songs. It made her and Geffen rich as everyone wanted her songs. He tried for years to encourage her to play out which she did but not often.
Is there a full video of her Monterey Pop performance anywhere? Nyro's few songs on the Monterey Pop video (on the additional performances DVD) were awesome, and no booing to be heard.
Here's an interesting link on the myth:
Love, love, love Laura.
Yes, I've read that the Monterey story, which had been accepted as fact for many years, was not representative of what actually happened. And it's difficult to imagine that audience--"the Love crowd", as Otis Redding called them--having the impulse to boo anyone offstage.
There's a world of difference hearing LN sing those lyrics, and hearing Mecha-Streisand destroy it.
I did a few gigs with the producer/arranger/conductor of her first LP, Herb B., and he said that she couldn't play any of her tunes without changing the tempo on them a lot, so he had to hire a studio pianist for the LP.
Growing up in NY, there were a lot of weird coincidences where I and members of my family knew some of her family.
We figured it would end once my sister moved to VT, but LN almost bought her home when she and my Bro-in Law were selling it.
Then they moved to Mass. and they wound up renting their upstairs to LN's manager!
i was fortunate to watch her perform at the chicago opera house
amazing , just amazing
She lived in my area and I'm ashamed to admit that I didn't even know who she was until I saw an ad on Craigslist for a soundproof door FS from her home studio. This was after her passing, by the new owners of her home.
I never did buy it, but wish I had...