Townson also said that I will be hearing more about her soon. He was absolutely right. When I went to
college I mentioned her to my late friend Shelton Ray, who to my surprise raved about her and invited me
to listen to two of her albums. Laura Nyro's highest charting single was her version of the Drifter classic
"Up On The Roof" penned by Carole King and Gerry Goffin. It only made it to #92, but what she didn't
achieve on the pop chart, she made up on the concert circuit and album sales.
One of my good friends showed me a picture of herself many years ago and I was amazed at how much
she looked like Laura Nyro, to which she responded "Who is Laura Nyro?" So I introduced her to some
of her videos and they got rave reviews from her. She couldn't believe that she wasn't aware of such a
stunningly vibrant performer.
In this video we see a modern day performer, Sara Bareilles sing one of the more popular Laura Nyro songs "Stoney End"
that went to #6 on the pop chart sung by Barbra Streisand. Of course no one can actually sound like
Laura Nyro, but this young lady does an unforgettable rendition of a Nyro classic in her own style the night
Laura Nyro was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
I can see Evette or Miriam singing this song as part of the Claude Chaney and Friends' repertoire. Enjoy.