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Laura Nyro
(October 18, 1947 - April 8, 1997) U.S.A.

Laura Nyro

Singer, songwriter


Born in New York, Laura was brought up on city life and summers spent in the lush greenery of the Northeast. She began playing music very early, and enjoyed a wide range of influences through her high school years at Manhattan's Music and Art. Laura read poetry and at home her mother played records by Leontyne Price and impressionist classical composers such as Ravel, Debussy and Persicetti.

Throughout high school Laura also listened to the protest music of Pete Seeger, Joan Baez, early Bob Dylan the Beatles and others. Laura always "adored" the music of Van Morrison.

Laura made her first extended professional appearance at age 18. The following year (1966) saw the release of her debut album More Than A New Discovery.

Laura in 1968 released Eli And The Thirteenth Confession, "the work of an original and brilliant young talent," (as Jon Landau wrote in Rolling Stone). The summer of 1969 brought New York Tendaberry followed by Christmas And the Beads of Sweat at the end of 1970.

These three albums represent a litany of songwriting craft to this day. One year later came Gonna Take A Miracle, Laura's impressionistic cover album of the soul songs of her youth. In 1973, her debut album was acquired and reissued by Columbia as The First Songs.

Following Gonna Take A Miracle, Laura recorded Smile in 1976. She then embarked on a four-month tour with a full band, which resulted in Season Of Lights, a "live" album (1977). Her next album, Nested, in 1978, continued Laura's explorations of sound and color.

Eight months pregnant, Laura Nyro played The Bottom Line in four sold-out performances. The show was almost understated in its simplicity. Laura wore a red strapless dress and performed without any back-up musicians at all.

In 1984 Laura released Mother's Spiritual, a major work of 14 original songs. The lyrics were presented at the Chicago Peace Museum. In 1988, at age 40 and in fine voice, Laura took her music on the road again, playing concerts around the country, which resulted in her second "live" recording Live At The Bottom Line.

In 1993 Walk The Dog And Light The Light arrived with the studio version of "Broken Rainbow," considered one of Laura's most important songs of social protest. It was written for the film of the same name, which won the Academy Award® for Best Documentary of 1985. "Broken Rainbow" is about the unjust relocation of the Navajo people.

A working musician, Laura has spent much time during her twenties, thirties and forties on the road, singing in clubs and concert halls throughout America and abroad, including her return to Japan in 1994.

We write here the lyric of her most famous song, And When I Die:

I'm not scared of dyin'
and I don't really care
if it's peace you find in dyin'
Well then let the time be near
if it's peace you find in dyin'
When dyin' time is here
just bundle up my coffin
cause it's cold way down there
And when I die
and when I'm gone
there'll be one child born
in this world to carry on,
to carry on...


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