Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by pghmusiclover, Apr 14, 2012.
The aborted project was mentioned briefly in the Todd book, so this fleshes things out a little more. I know that Laura's indeciveness was very evident in the Gonna take A Miracle sessions, where she messed around with Patti and the Bluebelles for datys on end, just singing covers casually and didn't get down to business til very late, forcing Labelle to write the backing parts with breakneck speed in order for the lp to make deadlines.
In addition, Al Kooper told me once that while he was teaching at Berklee, he was teaching a class on songwriting and spent an entire class on Laura Nyro alone.
Her influence is all over "Ballad of Todd Rundgren" - I'm glad to see her get the recognition she rightfully deserves.
Wasn't she to succeed Al as singer in BS&T?
Laura Nyro was a fantastic songwriter, yet my favorite album is Gonna Take a Miracle. Everything about it is just so damn soulful.
Plus the album cover is one of my favorites ever:
That was interesting, the influence she had on Todd is easy to hear if you know the work of both artists. I'm glad Nyro is getting some renewed interest thanks to the R&R HOF.
Easily my favorite of her albums. Runner up is First Songs.
Thanks for sharing. Does anybody know who inducted her in the R&RHOF?
Yes, they did rehearse for a while with Laura, but David Geffen eventually convinced her to continue her solo career.
Baby, let's swing...
New York Tendaberry is the high point for me (with Eli a close 2nd) so tip o' the hat to Todd for singing her praises, there's a great interview segment on you tube of Elvis Costello and Elton John discussing her in a bit of depth that is cool to watch. I wish Steve would do New York Tendaberry in gold...
There's also a fairly long interview with Todd on his new live TODD DVD where he spends considerable time talking about Laura Nyro ...
Love Gonna Take A Miracle...there's something achingly beautiful in the way Laura Nyro presents those songs.
I sort of detest the whole Rock and Roll Hall of Fame rigamarole, but more love for Laura Nyro is a welcome silver lining amid the general November rain of torrential horses**t that accompanies all things RRHOF.
There was a wonderful Laura Nyro Appreciation Thread here starting back in 2007 that provides tons of insight and album-by-album info on her career and recordings. It was a huge boost to my late-blooming explorations of this great artist:
http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/showthread.php?t=112027&highlight=laura nyro appreciation
Funny. been listening to both Todd and Laura this week. Just got the AF Laura. Some of those songs/performances just stop time.
That and Christmas In My Soul.
Which is just pathetic when you consider that Midler used to make a whole comedy routine out of imitating Nyro's mannerisms in her early 70's live shows.
Midler is just so desperate for ANY attention anymore.
Bette Midler inducted Darlene Love last year.
Actually Bette Midler is a big fan of Laura's and she used to sing some of her songs in the early days. I heard Bette sing Laura's rather obscure "Been On A Train" from a friend and it was in NO way disrespectful.
I understand they got to be friends also, and Bette has been rumored to be recording a Laura Nyro songbook album for several years now.
Thank you for sharing. Both Todd and Laura are favourites of mine.
Thanks for posting that. The album Rundgren talked about, Mother's Spiritual, is a nice record.
I worked with a popular 80's R&B Producer, who was a huge fan of Laura's. We even spent one late evening in the studio playing "Tendaberry" and "Eli" albums back to back.
Wow that's cool, I wonder who that is...
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