Singer songwriter won greatest success when others covered her works

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Laura Nyro


Wrote "Wedding Bell Blues" and "And When I Die"

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."

Style blended New York pop, jazz, gospel, rhythm and blues, show tunes, rock, and soul.

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