I really like Laura Nyro …

March 6, 2016

… a classic example of an artist who is loved by critics but doesn’t have a great deal of commercial success.

Although she never achieved a U.S. top 50 single, her highest position being No. 92, her songs were hits for other artists, particularly The 5th Dimension, Three Dog Night and Barbra Streisand. Despite releasing nine studio and three live albums in her lifetime she only had one Top 40 album, New York Tendaberry. A particular favourite album of mine is Gonna Take A Miracle, a collection of covers recorded with Labelle.

Laura died from ovarian cancer, aged 49, in 1997.

Here’s a Spotify playlist of some of Nyro’s song covered by other artists, finishing with her cover of It’s Gonna Take A Miracle, originally recorded by The Royalettes.