Laura Nyro

Rock & Roll Hall of Famer

Category: Performer

Inducted in: 2012

Inducted by: Bette Midler

Nominated in: 2010   2011   2012

First Eligible: 1993 Ceremony


Inducted into Rock Hall Projected in 2014 (ranked #12 in the Non-Performers - Songwriters category) .


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Eli and the Thirteenth Confession (1968)
New York Tendaberry (1969)

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Someday, I know not when, Laura Nyro will finally be recognized for her importance to popular music and, in particular, her tremendous influence on female singer/songwriters. It is almost impossible to categorize Nyro's music. It transcends any one type because it embraces the use of so many different sources--pop, rock, folk, jazz, R and B, blues,show--and yet it is completely original. But Rock and Roll is a melting pot of disparate influences itself, so recognizing her genius is fairly easy. Unlike much simpler music, Nyro's songs demand that the listener really pay attention and then let go and be carried away to challenging and seductive places. The music rewards the listener with a tremendous emotional pay off. This is not music for the faint of heart. Someday, hopefully soon, she will get her due.

Posted by Greg German on Wednesday, 11.7.07 @ 14:45pm


She absolutely should be inducted into the Rock Hall.

Just ask Joni Mitchell, Todd Rundgren, Becker & Fagan, Stevie Wonder, Phoebe Snow, Ricci Lee Jones and the many others who were either influenced or directly and personally encouraged to push the envelope by Laura.

Aside from Carol King....who was never a full fledged performer (though superb composer)until the 1970s, Laura predates Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon, and virtually every other female singer-songwriter. Laura wrote the book.

For God's sake, what are you people waiting for?

Posted by James on Tuesday, 01.29.08 @ 07:09am


I'm really surprised that she isn't in! Did she piss Rolling Stone off too???

Posted by Terry on Thursday, 02.7.08 @ 21:12pm


She will eventually get in ...its just a metter of endurance really.....so many songwriters are overlooked. To be honest with you, Hoyt Axton should at least be listed to be voted on. He did have a great body of work to be considered just like Laura Nyro.

Posted by JasonP on Thursday, 02.28.08 @ 08:00am


Shame on rock and roll hall of fame!!! this question is the most obvious proof of the illiteracy and ignorancy of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's committee. Laura Nyro is definitely one of the most influential and avant-gardist singer-songwriters of the late 20th century. She should be consider as a national treasure. We see her influence not only on a lot of female singer songwriters such as Joni Mitchell, Kate Bush, Tori Amos, Fiona Apple and Rickie Lee Jones but also on a lot of male figures. It was Laura Nyro who paved the path for all the innovator, avant-gardist singer-songwriters of our times both as a composer and as a poet.

Posted by Donat on Wednesday, 06.11.08 @ 15:24pm


Laura was and is a tremendous force of nature, passion, beauty and sadness.her music broke all barriers merging jazz,gospel, soul, rock into an organic mix that is timeless and pure. She has inspired many musicians and fans. What the hell is wrong with the R&R hall of fame people? Come on down to the stoned soul picnic and get LAURA in the Hall.

Posted by jazzsinger on Sunday, 09.21.08 @ 00:06am


HOW CAN IT BE A TRUE HALL OF FAME WITHOUT LAURA NYR0 ? WAKE UP & CORRECT IT

Posted by MOD MIKE on Thursday, 01.15.09 @ 05:43am


I'd put her in as a Non-Performer.

Though I gotta admit, her performance on "I Never Meant To Hurt You" is almost as spellbinding as Judy Collins on "Both Sides Now." Absolutely gorgeous song.

Posted by Philip on Sunday, 03.22.09 @ 14:35pm


Philip, are you insane? Her versions of the songs she wrote are timeless. New York Tendaberry is one of the most amazingly brilliant and innovative albums of all time. Countless people have been inspired stylistically and lyrically by her music. Even freaking Miles Davis had to give props to Laura. It's a crime that she hasn't been inducted... especially now that she's dead, they should have gotten in on inducting her the minute she was eligible. I mean, for God's sake, they inducted freaking Carole King years and years ago, who's probably the only person who's comparable to her in there. Run D.M.C.? The Imperials? Come on, guys. Get in on this.

Posted by Aly on Thursday, 08.27.09 @ 16:32pm


Aly,

Her versions are great, but they aren't the ones that are best remembered. She gets obscured by the covers of her own songs, and is best remembered for her writing. I'm just saying, at this point, her best chance is as a Non-Performer.

Posted by Philip on Friday, 08.28.09 @ 16:27pm


http://www.rockhall.com/pressroom/nominees-for-2010-induction/

LAURA NYRO

Singer, songwriter and pianist Laura Nyro (1947-1997) was still a teenager in 1966 when she recorded her debut album, and Peter Paul and Mary cut “And When I Die.” She was a true original - composing intricate, haunting songs which found a vast audience when recorded by other artists. Indeed, others scored hit after hit with her songs, led by the 5th Dimension’s “Stoned Soul Picnic” and “Sweet Blindness” in 1968 (then “Wedding Bell Blues” in ’69 and “Blowin’ Away” in ’70). Over two consecutive weeks in October 1969, Blood, Sweat & Tears entered the Hot 100 with “And When I Die,” and Three Dog Night followed with “Eli’s Coming.” Elton John acclaimed her influence to Elvis Costello: “The soul, the passion, the out-and-out audacity of her rhythmic and melody changes was like nothing I’d ever heard before.”

Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 09.23.09 @ 10:45am


The only thing that amazes me is that Laura Nyro has not already been inducted. Laura was a trailblazer for all the female artists to follow her (including many not as talented yet already honored-- who will remain nameless here). She remains a uniquely breath-taking and heart-breakingly gifted talent for the ages, who more than deserves to be memorialized by the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame.

I am a singer myself, and Laura is my personal hero. My vote is a resounding "Yes, Yes, Yes."

Posted by Julia Palazzolo on Wednesday, 09.23.09 @ 18:39pm


laura was the sky , the ocean, the trees, the stars, the moon, the sun, the earth, the flowers, the air. laura was pure innocent love and hot steamy city sex. laura was car horns and sirens and a soft and light breeze.lauras voice soared to the highest high and deep down to the deepest gut felt note.her words were personal yet universal.not only should our laura be acknowledged, schools should offer classes of her.
LAURA WAS LIFE and will live on forever!! love you laura nigro

Posted by joey on Wednesday, 09.23.09 @ 19:23pm


The first woman singer/songwriter in rock and the greatest. Listen to the groundbreaking Eli and the 13th Confession -- it is still spellbinding melodically and lyrically, along with being wildly innovative in its dynamic new approach to song structure. In addition to her enormous talent (she had a gorgeous voice with a three-octave range), her influence alone qualifies her to be in the Hall.

Posted by Jobu on Thursday, 09.24.09 @ 13:43pm


She should be inducted in one capacity or the other...just posting to say that I called it when she ends up missing election through the normal process and goes in as a non-performer. They did the exact same thing with Carole King.

Posted by Casper on Sunday, 09.27.09 @ 03:56am


It's just a popularity contest: whether or not anyone "deserves" to be in is irrelevant. She will probably make it this time as there are few others likely to beat her(The Chantels???). Maybe The One-ders will be nominated someday.

Posted by JB on Monday, 09.28.09 @ 14:58pm


Laura Nyro was a HUGE influence on many performers and was a great, although unrecognized at the time, performer herself. She should definitely be inducted and all who are unaware of her work should give it a listen and I don't think they will be disappointed.

"Let's go down by the grapevine, drink my daddy's wine... get happy...." - Sweet Blindness

Posted by bobcarp on Friday, 10.2.09 @ 13:16pm


http://digitaldreamdoor.nutsie.com/pages/best_hall-of-fame-nom-2010.html

From Digital Dream Door

Laura Nyro

It's not entirely fair to suggest that any artist is the worst nominee ever offered for official consideration for the Hall Of Fame, but it is perfectly legitimate to call Laura Nyro the least qualified artist based purely on objective measures. Her career is that of a cult figure appealing primarily to the literary based critic and intellectual rock fan that holds far too much sway in deciding which aspects of rock are most deserving of praise and canonization. Like the similarly unqualified Leonard Cohen before her (elected 2008) it is not that Nyro's style or appeal to that type of listener that is in question, it's the fact that absent the usual objective based criteria for which all candidates must be judged one finds her credentials sorely lacking. Both her and Cohen were renown as writers with their work more popular in the hands of other artists, but Nyro's songs found their popularity on the outermost fringes of the border between rock and pure pop with groups The 5th Dimension, Three Dog Night and Blood Sweat & Tears taking her material to the charts, hardly the cutting edge of rock 'n' roll that would gain her any influence points. She had one top 40 album and one top 100 single herself, which means she can't claim any commercial success as credentials either. Considering the sheer number of qualified artists from over sixty years of rock 'n' roll who have yet to even be nominated, let alone inducted, it is downright inexplicable and indefensible that the committee felt a relatively obscure, if respected, figure like Nyro, with no major impact on rock's historical evolution, was worthy of consideration.

Qualifications: 1 - Non-existant

Posted by Roy on Friday, 10.2.09 @ 14:28pm


Roy, I do not know what the official voting criteria are, but I assume they include influence, innovation, and talent -- in so many words. On those levels, the idea that the HOF voters have a choice between Laura Nyro and KISS is ludicrous. KISS, LOL! And if records sold is a major criterion, when are the Archies scheduled to be elected? Or still -- if popularity is paramount, why have a HOF at all: why not just have a tracking poll, from which the top 50 groups at any given date are the inductees for that week?

Like all great artists, Laura Nyro synthesized all of popular (and estoric) American music that came before her into something brilliantly unique. I think the HOF should induct rock's greatest talents whatever their niche or sales levels. If the voters just listen to her first four albums, I think they will hear music that is a bit more accomplished than, say, those guys whose major skill seemed to be their prosthetic tongues and hidious make-up.

Posted by Steve on Friday, 10.2.09 @ 17:50pm


Steve, Roy is just regurgitating what he's finding on other sites. These are definitely not his words.

Posted by Philip on Friday, 10.2.09 @ 18:04pm


"Regurgitating"...???? UGH, nice choice of words Philip!!!

By the way, the award you get for 1000 comments is a collection of Roy's lists and Lax26's Genesis comments...to treasure forever...

Posted by Gitarzan on Friday, 10.2.09 @ 18:21pm


"'Regurgitating'...???? UGH, nice choice of words Philip!!!"--Gitarzan

But accurate.

"By the way, the award you get for 1000 comments is a collection of Roy's lists and Lax26's Genesis comments...to treasure forever..."--Gitarzan

No regifting, dickhole! lol

Posted by Philip on Friday, 10.2.09 @ 18:30pm


...that and this fruitcake (that I've been using for a doorstop)...LMAO!!!!

Posted by Gitarzan on Friday, 10.2.09 @ 18:32pm


Well, at least the fruitcake is useful.

Posted by Philip on Friday, 10.2.09 @ 18:35pm


At least alot more useful than that fruitcake "rockinsue".

Posted by Brian on Friday, 10.2.09 @ 18:52pm


Brian...if she keeps up her "verbal diarrhea" Stevie Ray's approval rating is gonna go down!!!
Luckily for SRV, she and mrxyz have no fast clue what they're talking about...!!!!

Posted by Gitarzan on Friday, 10.2.09 @ 19:11pm


"Eli's Coming", one of my all-time favorite Rock songs ever. Written by Nyro.

My favorite Blood, Sweat, & Tears Song - "And When I Die". Written by Nyro.

Posted by Jonny on Friday, 10.9.09 @ 16:25pm


Laura Nyro does not belong in this bullshit club. She
is more than rock and roll. Nyro is a much too deep
artist to win anyway.

Posted by jimbo on Monday, 10.12.09 @ 20:00pm


Roy expresses my opinion exactly. If Laura Nyro is to be nominated and inducted, it should be in the non-performer category as a song-writer which is where she made her primary contribution. She is not noteworthy as a performer any more than Leonard Cohen is. At least Carole King had a top-selling and critically acclaimed album Tapestry. Would anyone consider honoring Burt Bacharach or Paul Williams as singers? They released albums too.
Leonard Cohen got in the Hall because he is trendy right now with young independent rock fans. He headlines at venues like Coacherella. In other words, it is cool to be into Leonard Cohen at the moment. The Hall should be more far-reaching and objective in selecting their nominees, not just going for what is "in" at the moment.
As a codicil to this, Neil Sedaka is an early rock and roll figure who could easily be nominated and inducted in either the performer or non-performer category. How obscure figures like Leonard Cohen and Laura Nyro are considered before historically significant and influential pioneers like Sedaka is beyond me. Neil Sedaka and his song-writing partner Howard Greenfield practically single-handedly created the "Brill Building sound." Sedaka is a Juilliard-trained pianist who sang doo-wop on the streets of Brooklyn as a kid. He has been a force in rock and roll as a producer, a composer, a perfomer and all-around good-will ambassador for over fifty years. This is a travesty!!!

Posted by CC on Monday, 11.2.09 @ 20:26pm


CC,

1. It was me who first suggested Laura Nyro would be more appropriate for the Non-Performer category, not Roy.
2. Roy doesn't really express anything. He regurgitates what others write. He's almost like an automatic news feed at time.
3. Leonard Cohen still isn't that trendy. Coacherella and similar events are pretty niche, with a narrowly-defined market and limited appeal.
4. Leonard Cohen's one of those people you've at least heard of, whether or not you know any of his songs. As an artist, he's a predecessor to the post-modern scene which so heavily dominated (and may still) the pop world and indie scene, namely with artists like Ani DiFranco. The whole "World Is A Vampire" ethos of rock music can be traced back to Cohen's music.
5. No argument from me against Neil Sedaka. I'd love to see him in... he's probably just conisdered too pop-py for the snobs who are a strong factor in the NomCom.

Posted by Philip on Monday, 11.2.09 @ 21:09pm


While Roy can criticize Laura Nyro's lack of commercial success (read MONEY), I don't believe record sales or charted airplay are nor should be the standard by which an artist achieves HOF recognition. The HOF, like any museum (yes, MUSEum, look it up; and LN embodied the skills of more than one of nine muses) exists to acclaim, preserve and display the works and skills of the most talented and far-seeing among us, as well as the influential. Influence can be for good or ill, of course, and often is achieved not by superior talent, but by pandering to the least common denominator. If the desire to see genuine talent recognized and honored is snobbery, then call me a snob. Call me irresponsible. Call me a liberal, too. Oh, and while the 5th Dimension now sounds a bit dated, Laura's versions of her music still hold up to any criticism, and are, as someone above said, TIMELESS. It is a shallow mind that considers commercial success a good standard for worthiness of praise (ROY).

Posted by dognamedboo on Thursday, 11.12.09 @ 21:25pm


That was not my criticism. That was from the Digital Dream Door website. I want Laura Nyro inducted!

Posted by Roy on Friday, 11.13.09 @ 07:32am


LMFAO!! Poor Roy....

Worry not, dognamedboo... Roy does indeed want Laura Nyro inducted... Roy wants every artist who had a hit record in the 19th and 20th centuries inducted into the Hall.

Posted by Philip on Friday, 11.13.09 @ 23:24pm


Wrong! Only 20th Century Artists!

Posted by Roy on Saturday, 11.14.09 @ 04:04am


Aww, but the charts only began in 1890... I figured those who charted in the 1890's were just as good, in your eyes, for the Early Influence category as those 1900-1950.

Posted by Philip on Saturday, 11.14.09 @ 06:42am


Sorry, I did not intend to contribute to a rant, or a vendetta. All the nominees are qualified, as significant influences on rock & roll, of entry into the HOF. Who, then, gets the votes? Indeed, who gets to vote? Should they vote for the most influential? the most talented? for past failed nominees? for under-represented genres with large fan bases? on the basis of late-night phone calls? I assure you, Gene Simmons is not sitting idle while his fate hangs in the balance. Obviously, the selection of winners is heavily influenced by the selection of voters, whose qualifications are sometimes obscure.
My point is this...my standard favors talent above all, followed by historical significance, which implies a continued and substantial influence on later acts and performers. Others may have different standards. The HOF prefers finalists which will draw visitors, performers, and DOLLARS. Who then is pandering to whom? The hall of fame is a profit-making venture as well as a museum, and will be politicking to that end as long as this is so. Else, why have the high drama of annual elections? A qualified entrant is no less qualified for lack of votes, as it is not the votes, per se, that merit one's entry. It is time, perhaps, for a less biased and less industry-influenced method of election. (yeah, Iknow, wish in one hand...)

Posted by dognamedboo on Sunday, 11.15.09 @ 00:48am


boo, I'm not sure how well you understand the voters... it seems like you have some understanding... but your Gene Simmons comment? I dunno. I think part of the 25 year requirement is that by the time an act is up for consideration, any and all potential voters will have their minds made up whether or not they'll vote for an act, and if so, how high a priority. I really don't know what Gene Simmons could do, other than flat-out bribery. And considering how much Dave Marsh hates KISS, and his circle of influence, I don't know if bribery would work.

A less industry-influenced method of election? What are implying? Surely you don't mean letting the people have a vote... if you are really impassioned enough about Laura Nyro getting in to bite Roy's head off, you would NOT be in favor of letting John Q. Public have a say in this... the average person thinks Laura Nyro was the fiddling emperor's wife! I agree the voting system is flawed (nowhere is this more obvious, imo, than the events leading to Wanda Jackson being inducted as an Early Influence), but I'm lost as to what kind of election system you're actually concocting here.

As far as talent being the paramount requirement... you gotta remember talent is implied with any candidate that is even brought up for contention when the committee meets (which makes it all the more surprising that Madonna got in, but that's another discussion), and to quantify talent borders on showing favoritism towards a specific genre or sub-genre. That's why innovation and influence are considered paramount by the committee.

Posted by Philip on Sunday, 11.15.09 @ 01:59am


K, she wrote Eli's Comin', Sweet Blindness, Stoned Soul Picnic, Wedding Bell Blues, Stoney End, And When I Die - to name just a few of her more well known gems. Need I say more??? :)

Well, I will .. her writing not only succeeded as pop tunes worthy of top 10 status, it also had both musical innovation as well as depth of soul.

It is a crime she hasn't been inducted already.

Posted by Bob from Andover, MA USA on Monday, 11.23.09 @ 09:38am


Laura Nyro is the reason why Joni Mitchell started experimenting, and where a huge majority of piano playing rock musicians got there inspiration, not to mention creating the image of the individualistic female singer-songwriter. Kate Bush, Tori Amos, Fiona Apple, etc. wouldn't have had such an easy time breaking through if it weren't for Nyro's little underground movement. It's always been a crime that she's been so overlooked after all she's done, and now she's finally getting attention for it.

Posted by godwand on Sunday, 11.29.09 @ 06:56am


Absolutely!

Posted by Tim on Sunday, 01.24.10 @ 00:45am


http://fuse.tv/ontv/shows/rock-hall-2010/video28.html

The audience cheers when Jackson Browne talks about Laura Nyro during his induction speech for David Geffen. Nyro was one of the first artist Geffen signed.

Laura Nyro will be inducted eventually!

Posted by Roy on Sunday, 04.18.10 @ 11:15am


How many times are you gonna repeat the same thing...????

Posted by Gitarzan on Sunday, 04.18.10 @ 11:20am


Why don't you go do a little homework and explain to the uninformed on this site the reasons WHY she should be inducted...maybe using your own words. I know I've given my reasons for her induction on this site...and I didn't need to use someone else's rationale. That would me that I respect their opinion more than I do my own...

Posted by Gitarzan on Sunday, 04.18.10 @ 11:23am


"That would seem to me"...sorry!!!

Posted by Gitarzan on Sunday, 04.18.10 @ 11:25am


THE 2010 SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME

Leonard Cohen
Laura Nyro
Bob Marley
Jackie DeShannon
Earth, Wind & Fire
David Foster
Johnny Mandel
Tom Adair & Matt Dennis
Sunny Skylar
Jesse Stone

Special Awards

The Johnny Mercer Award
Phil Collins (Already inducted in 2003)

The Howie Richmond Hitmaker Award
Phil Ramone

Posted by Roy on Thursday, 04.22.10 @ 12:51pm


The fishiness continues!: Laura Nyro, who was nominated for the 2010 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame and lost, is now being inducted into the 2010 Songwriters Hall of Fame, and songwriter Jesse Stone, who was inducted into the 2010 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in the non-performers category, is now being inducted into the 2010 Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Posted by Roy on Thursday, 04.22.10 @ 12:59pm


I so hope Laura is inducted. Her music has been such an influential part of my life. There was none like her. Her lyrics, intricate musical style and originality are unmatched.COME ON>>>GET HER IN THERE!!!

Posted by Brad Saiontz on Sunday, 05.2.10 @ 12:31pm


For anyone to say that Laura was not a performer and simply a songwriter should give a good listen to New York Tendaberry. Stunning performance.
As far as popularity goes as a judgment requirement, I suppose Toto and Bobby Sherman belong in the Hall, right? They sold millions of records and had some big charting songs.

As I wrote some time ago, ask Todd Rundgren, Elton John, Elvis Costello, Stevie Wonder, Joni Mitchell, Ricci Lee Jones, and Phoebe Snow about whether or not Laura belongs in the Hall. They have all gone on record saying that her writing AND performance style were major influences.

As far as Rolling Stone is concerned, they never liked her for some reason, as they always seemed to under-represent and sometimes be clueless about strong, distinctive female artists in their pages. Their tiny obit in 1997 called her a "folk singer" (?!?). Rumor among friends is that she didn't "bow down" to the magazine while she was alive.

Posted by James on Monday, 08.9.10 @ 19:42pm


http://digitaldreamdoor.nutsie.com/pages/best_artists-folk.html

The Digital Dream Door doesn't think much of Laura Nyro. She's not on their Top 100 Folk Artists list and she didn't make honorable mention either. Not on The Top Songwriters or Lyricist lists either.

Posted by Roy on Friday, 08.27.10 @ 07:20am


Well Roy, when she was nominated last year for the RRHOF digitaldreamdoor did put up her qualifications as a rating of "1" ("Nonexistent") didn't they?

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Friday, 08.27.10 @ 07:25am


http://rockhall.com/inductees/nominees/laura-nyro/

Bronx-born singer, songwriter and pianist Laura Nyro (1947-1997) was still a teenager in 1966 when she recorded her debut album, and Peter, Paul and Mary cut “And When I Die.” At age 19, Laura played the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival, which brought her to the attention of manager David Geffen. He led her to Columbia, Laura’s record label for the next 25 years, starting with 1968’s iconic Eli and the Thirteenth Confession. Other artists scored hit after hit with her songs, led by the Fifth Dimension’s “Stoned Soul Picnic” and “Sweet Blindness” in 1968 (then “Wedding Bell Blues” in ’69 and “Blowin' Away” in ’70). Over two consecutive weeks in October 1969, Blood, Sweat and Tears entered the Hot 100 with “And When I Die,” and Three Dog Night followed with “Eli's Coming.” In 1970-71, Barbra Streisand charted three consecutive times with Laura Nyro songs, “Stoney End,” “Time and Love” and “Flim Flam Man.” Laura’s 1971 LP with Labelle, Gonna Take a Miracle, an entire program of R&B covers, produced in Philadelphia by Gamble and Huff, remains a classic four decades later. Elton John acclaimed her influence to Elvis Costello: “The soul, the passion, the out-and-out audacity of her rhythmic and melody changes was like nothing I’d ever heard before.” Laura’s tragic death of ovarian cancer at age 49 robbed popular music of one of its purest lights.

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 09.28.10 @ 15:28pm


FROM THE DIGITAL DREAM DOOR

Laura Nyro

For years the Hall Of Fame has wrestled with the question of how to reward artists whose work is largely unknown but for whom there is a level of critical respect that they feel is justified and deserves recognition. Laura Nyro is the perfect example of such a case. Her career is that of a cult figure appealing primarily to the literary based critic and intellectual rock fan that holds far too much sway in deciding which aspects of rock are most deserving of praise and canonization. Absent the usual objective based criteria for which all candidates must be judged one finds her credentials sorely lacking. Nyro is renowned by many as a peerless songwriter, but her songs found their popularity on the outermost fringes of the border between rock and pure pop with groups The 5th Dimension, Three Dog Night and Blood Sweat & Tears taking her material to the charts, hardly the cutting edge of rock 'n' roll that would gain her any influence points. She had one Top 40 album and one Top 100 single herself, which means she can't claim any commercial success of her own either. Yet she is deified by a small handful of fans, critics and artists who've chosen to support her candidacy over the far more prominent achievements of dozens of others who are more deserving. While it is nice that rock 'n' roll allows for niche and cult artists to have the spotlight shine on them from time to time, giving rock an enormous breadth that makes it unique, the immortalization of artists still needs to be reserved for those whose impact and influence is beyond reproach.

Qualifications: 2 - Mostly Insignificant

Used to be a 1 - Non-existant

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 09.28.10 @ 20:31pm


We're crying out for raw truth and LOVE. Whose rememberance is better to lead us than the lady who who would be upstair by a chineese lamp.

Posted by Barb on Thursday, 09.30.10 @ 00:53am


This year's Leonard Cohen.

Posted by Roy on Monday, 10.11.10 @ 16:14pm


The induction of Laura Nyro is in preparation for the inductions of Joan Baez, Judy Collins, Peter, Paul and Mary, the Fifth Dimension, Blood, Sweat and Tears, Three Dog Night, Barbra Streisand, Patti Labelle and Labelle.

Posted by Roy on Sunday, 10.17.10 @ 05:09am


Whoever said Laura should be inducted as a non-performer obviously never saw her; I was fortunate to see her twice on one of her last tours and she didn't disappoint! I could hear the guitarist cough, breathe in the voice that had made magic in my life for so many years--from the front row, alone.
There are so many, many sterling contributors to rock and roll...give one to this sometimes overlooked but never undertalented singer/songwriter.
Forever.....

Posted by belinda on Monday, 12.6.10 @ 20:47pm


Darlene Love, Neil Diamond, Alice Cooper, Tom Waits and Dr. John will add to the Laura Nyro votes next time!

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 12.14.10 @ 05:02am


Darlene I can see voting for her, and Neil and Tom out of professional courtesy, but where on earth do you get Dr. John the members of Alice Cooper voting for Laura Nyro? That's like assuming the members of Metallica voted for Darlene Love. Just way, way too specious.

Posted by Philip on Tuesday, 12.14.10 @ 07:08am


Because Dr. John and Vincent Furnier are both songwriters.

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 12.14.10 @ 07:39am


Yeah, but I don't think either one of them really draw much influence from Laura Nyro or were ever in the same boat as her in any regard. And Cooper's not particularly known or revered for his songwriting either.

Posted by Philip on Tuesday, 12.14.10 @ 08:52am


They could still vote out of admiration. There's no law that says you have to be influenced by the artist you vote for. I'm not influenced by Slayer and I'd vote for them...

Posted by Chalkie on Tuesday, 12.14.10 @ 08:55am


Oh, I'm not saying they couldn't, I just don't find it likely that they would.

And if it's anything the Revisited/Projected project taught me, it's that even if you think they're deserving, if there are others on the ballot you like more, that's probably who you'll vote for. I saw it in other people's votes as well as mine. The first tie-breaker came down to between the Killer and the Godfather, and I voted for Lewis mainly because he was a big name before Brown, but also because I like his music more.

I think the ballot will have to be bereft of prog, metal, British Invasion, or any staple of classic rock radio before any member of Alice Cooper votes for Laura Nyro. Just my opinion.

Posted by Philip on Tuesday, 12.14.10 @ 09:08am


"And Cooper's not particularly known or revered for his songwriting either."

Critics dig the band, and Bob Dylan once called Alice "an overlooked songwriter". Sure he's not "sophisticated" like prog bands, but still...

Posted by Sam on Tuesday, 12.14.10 @ 09:59am


Even so, when you think of Alice Cooper, is it the songwriting that comes to mind first? Because that's what does for me when I think of Neil Diamond and Tom Waits.

Again, I'm not saying it's impossible, I just don't find it likely. That's all.

And it's moot. Unless they reveal their votes, we'll never know who voted for whom.

Posted by Philip on Tuesday, 12.14.10 @ 10:17am


Hahaha! Boy did I just get majorly shut up.

Read the Blabbermouth interview with Vincent and he indeed calls Laura Nyro his all-time favorite songwriter. So yeah, he'll definitely be voting for her. Consider my ass served. I was wrong.

Posted by Philip on Tuesday, 12.14.10 @ 17:43pm


If Leonard Cohen got inducted, Laura should be too. She got into the Songwriters Hall of Fame so it's possible that she'll get in. When? Who knows. It's also possible that she'll get in as a non-performer because a lot of people are dumb and only know her for covers of her hits. But, all in all, the Rock and Roll HOF is a crock and her real fans know who she is and what she accomplished and who she blazed the trail for.

Moreover, after hearing her version of "Stone Soul Picnic," the 5th Dimension version sounds like a corny Glee club rendition.

To conclude, she should get in. But, in all honesty, in doesn't matter to her real fans. She's already one of the greatest in our hearts. We don't need no BS club.

Posted by Matt on Friday, 01.7.11 @ 17:46pm


Eli and the Thirteenth Confession was not only "iconic" but it captures some of the most heartfelt performances of the 1960's.
Laura blended folk, rock jazz and poetry as no one to that point had. Her live performance of Poverty Train at the Monterey Pop festival is a masterpiece.
Eli and the Thirteenth Confession, New York Tendaberry and Christmas and the Beads of Sweat are among the best ever 1,2,3 album releases of any artist. Would you exclude Brian Wilson because he mostly wrote and performed in the studio for the Beach Boys. He hated performing and rarely did after 1966.
Laura influenced Rock & Roll simply put and to a greater extent, Women in Rock & Roll.

Posted by Mike on Sunday, 01.16.11 @ 21:46pm


And let's not forget More than a Discovery which preceded those I just mentioned which contained several songs that propelled the careers of artists like the 5th Dimension, Blood Sweat and Tears and a hit for Streisand as well. Three top 10 hits in all. I'll keep this one in the writer category.

Posted by Mike on Sunday, 01.16.11 @ 22:06pm


one of the true travesties of this whole induction process is the omission of Laura Nyro for all these years . . . it's way past time . . .

Posted by Michael on Tuesday, 02.15.11 @ 04:12am


I just worship Laura and feel so sad that she's gone. She wrote the most touching and soulful melodies ever. I still remember the first time I heard her music. I was dating a girl and she put on Laura's first album to set a romatic mood. At the time I was only into hard rock and paid little attention, but to my astonishment the music started to make an impression. There was something striking about it - the melodies were so poignant they were just cutting through my defenses. One thing that struck about both Coltrane and Laura is that after I already liked them I found out that they liked the same songs by other people that I liked. Coltrane liked sweet childlike melodies like My Favorite Things and Chim Chim Cheree which he turned into orgiastic frenzies. Laura liked Curtis Mayfield numbers like The Monkey Time which I always loved. Mayfield was her friend I believe and her only equal in my book. Her impressionistic lyrics and her dark religious imagery gave the music a dreamlike quality a bit like Debussy. She was accused of being indulgent but she was just letting herself show. It was that ability to wear her heart on her sleeve that lifted her above ordinary songwriters. She was a true poet. I pray that her story and her music will be preserved for posterity as it deserves.

Posted by peter henderson on Thursday, 05.12.11 @ 03:34am


Laura Nyro really gets to me. Her crazy cool eclectic lyrics, velvety sensual voice, and fantastic rollercoaster ride piano stylings, are like an addiction to me. If I'm not actually listening to her songs, then I'm hearing them in my head - and I mean like 24/7.

I know I'm not the only one who feels that way. She continues to win new hearts all the time, thanks to devoted fans putting her stuff on Youtube. That's how I found her, and I imediately started buying her albums, each one a treasure to me.

Regardless of whether the R&RHOF remains clueless or not, one thing is certain, her ever growing Tribe will always love her, and cherish the great music she shared with us.

I like to think that would probably mean alot more to her than being catagorized into any kind hall of fame.

Posted by Artamus Sumatra on Wednesday, 09.21.11 @ 22:36pm


LAURA NYRO

THE BILLBOARD 200 ALBUMS CHART

01. 1968 - # 181 - Eli And The Thirteenth Confession
02. 1969 - # 32 - New York Tendaberry
03. 1971 - # 51 - Christmas And The Beads Of Sweat
04. 1972 - # 46 - Gonna Take A Miracle
05. 1973 - # 97 - The First Songs
06. 1976 - # 60 - Smile
07. 1977 - # 137 - Season Of Lights...Laura Nyro In Concert
08. 1984 - # 182 - Mother's Spiritual
09. 2001 - # 8 - Angel In The Dark

THE BILLBOARD 100 SINGLES CHART

01. 1970 - # 92 - Up On The Roof

Posted by Roy on Saturday, 10.8.11 @ 20:58pm


From Digital Dream Door

Lastly, whichever committee member with an unrequited crush on Laura Nyro has to be told that while talented she's essentially a minor figure in rock's overall lineage and certainly not deserving of a third nomination when dozens of others who far surpass her achievements remain on the outside looking in.

LAURA NYRO

Seriously? Again?? Haven't we been through this already??? Haven't Nyro's strict credentials by this point been shown to be seriously lacking enough to keep her from additional consideration? Is it not reasonable to insist on basic standards of qualifications in the areas of Commercial Success, Influence, Musical and Cultural Impact to be afforded the right to be nominated? If so, why is Nyro making her third straight appearance on the ballot when those levels have not been reached to justify even one nomination? She's ostensibly being considered for her reputation as a top singer/songwriter, yet as a singer she placed just one song - barely - in the Top 100, and that was a cover of a Drifters hit, not even her own work. As for her compositions for others, while she definitely had more success there, they were with songs that are on the outer most fringes of rock itself, far more comfortable in an Adult Contemporary realm. More pressing is not the question of why Nyro is nominated yet again, but why those like Three Dog Night, who did take one of her songs and make it a hit, haven't been considered, when it was they who actually were successful with not just her composition, but with dozens of other songs, eleven times hitting the Top Ten and being the hottest artist for an entire calendar year. If they are considered "too pop" for a nomination, why then would the songwriter who supplied them with one of those hits not be similarly disqualified? Furthermore if it's more her overall acclaim for her dual output as an artist who was more successful as a songwriter that got her these three nods, then why are other artists who fit that profile of being more renown for their songwriting than their own performances, but who had far more success and acclaim in BOTH areas than Nyro, not being offered up on the ballot, such as Don Covay, Jesse Belvin or William Bell? This longstanding crush on Laura Nyro by the committee needs to come to an end. Not being elected to the Hall Of Fame, or just firmly stating that she shouldn't be nominated again, does not imply that her career itself is without merit. It is only this repeated consideration for joining rock's all-time immortals that is meritless.

Qualifications: 2 - Mostly Insignificant

Posted by Roy on Saturday, 10.8.11 @ 21:03pm


Okay, I'm going to come right out and say this: Digital Dream Door is shit. I'd consult a dog turd before that website. Utterly subjective garbage typed up by Prog/Hair-metal fans who think that they're being broadminded.

Posted by Chalkie on Friday, 11.25.11 @ 16:00pm


heh. Maybe, but they can't be all bad if they gave the Ravens a 10 for EI and Bernie Lowe a 7-8 for NP.

Posted by Philip on Friday, 11.25.11 @ 16:28pm


Finally! Laura Nyro was truly an original. Though very shy, she gave absolutely mesmerizing performances and I consider myself very lucky to have been at so many of her shows. I ran into Phoebe Snow(RIP) at Carnegie Hall in 76 and we slapped five about how great Laura was. I/we, her dedicated fans loved her and still miss her terribly.

Posted by Mary Shanley on Wednesday, 12.7.11 @ 11:51am


I don't think the RRHOF is becoming racist. Laura Nyro's birth name was Laura Nigro. She was probably teased a lot about her name because she wasn't black and changed it to Nyro. It was a black group, the 5th Dimension who kept cranking out hits with Nyro-penned songs: "Save the Country," "Stoned Soul Picnic," "Sweet Blindness," "Time and Love" and the #1 hit, "Wedding Bell Blues" BS&T had a hit with Nyro's "And When I Die" and 3DN had a hit with "Eli's Coming" Diana Ross included Nyro's "Stoney End" on her debut solo album, a year before Barbra Streisand had a big hit with it. Ms. Babs also recorded Nyro's "The Flim Flam Man."

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Friday, 12.9.11 @ 18:52pm


What incredibly wonderful news that Laura Nyro is to be inducted into the R & R Hall of Fame this coming April. Long have I waited for this to happen and I couldn't be happier. This is a red letter day for the history of creative women in 20th Century music and beyond. I hope that this overdue recognition ignites real interest in Laura's extraordinary body of work. It is a cliche to say someone is "innovative" or a "ground breaker" these days, but Laura was as original an artist as has ever arrived in the music arena. Congratulations to every one who has loved her amazing compositions and authentic delivery. Laura truly was the artistic giving heart of her time.This is definitely an early Christmas gift in a time when we all need to cherish original voices that rise above the pain and sorrow to give us renewed hope.

Posted by Greg German on Saturday, 12.10.11 @ 23:34pm


"Don't ask me 'cause I ain't gonna tell ya what I've been drinking...
Wine of wonder!"
L.Nyro "Sweetblindness"

It's about time. Cheers Laura....

Posted by Judy Morrill on Monday, 12.12.11 @ 01:59am


"Don't ask me 'cause I ain't gonna tell ya what I've been drinking...
Wine of wonder!"
L.Nyro "Sweetblindness"

It's about time. Cheers Laura....

Posted by Judy Morrill on Monday, 12.12.11 @ 02:06am


Phil Ochs and Joan Baez are next!

Posted by Roy on Thursday, 12.15.11 @ 06:38am


Streisand will induct Laura Nyro, if not for any other reason because of what Paul Simon quipped last year - "Do they even let that DNA near this place?" Oh, yes, Paul, they do. . . .

Posted by Roy on Friday, 12.16.11 @ 19:37pm


Her music is light years ahead of most "rock" music, and probably it's a bit unfair to an artist of her magnitude to categorize her music as such, but her inclusion in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame contributes to lift the Hall of Fame more than her music, which will endure long after most of "rock" is forgotten.

Posted by John on Thursday, 12.22.11 @ 03:11am


Baez and Ochs, like Nyro would be uplifting additions to the Hall of Fame, though their music is not really "rock and roll," either.

Posted by John on Thursday, 12.22.11 @ 03:14am


Two years in a row for Bette Midler.

Posted by Roy on Thursday, 03.8.12 @ 23:31pm


FINAL WORD ON LAURA NYRO FROM DIGITAL DREAM DOOR

Rest easy Leonard Cohen, Ritchie Valens, Neil Diamond and ABBA, no longer are you the Hall of Fame's least qualified Main Inductees and unless they decide to enshrine the likes of Freddie & The Dreamers, Menudo or Fabian, there's not much chance of Laura Nyro losing this dubious honor anytime soon, though if anyone can find a way to do so it'd be this Hall Of Fame. How Nyro was even nominated, not once but three times, is hard enough to fathom. Her hit making career as a singer consisted of a bland cover of the Drifters classic Up On The Roof, which barely reached the Top 100 on the charts, and as a writer she penned hits for the likes of The 5th Dimension, Blood Sweat and Tears, Three Dog Night and Barbra Streisand, which hardly places her in the epicenter of rock 'n' roll. Her influence was nonexistent, for while she was a fairly talented songsmith, that work broke no new ground and implemented no stylistic shifts to the musical landscape, which is where influence is derived. Her most notable moment in the spotlight during her career, an appearance at the Monterey Pop Festival, was widely considered a disaster, and in the annals of rock history her presence is insignificant at best. Was she without talent? Of course not, she could write and she could sing, and she released some fairly well-received, though poor selling, albums, but that's a résumé that literally hundreds, if not thousands, of artists can easily top. How on earth could anyone justify having Nyro in when Joe Tex, who wrote every one of his 27 hits, all of which were far bigger than her lone cover version hit, and was very influential stylistically as well, failed to get elected the four times he was on the ballot? Just confining it to women, Salt-n-Pepa haven't even been nominated yet since first becoming eligible a few years back, despite huge influence in breaking ground for female MC's in rap and having a string of hits that remain widely known decades later, while nothing in Nyro's career accomplishments come remotely close to those achievements. More pressing, how could voters ignore Donna Summer for the fourth time this year when she was by far the most popular female artist in all of rock over a ten year stretch, writing much of her own material no less, totally defining the most dominant style of music during her era, while by contrast very few music fans who grew up during Nyro's productive period were even aware she existed? There are no answers, only more troubling questions. Message to Pat Boone, get your speech ready as you now have a legitimate chance at making the Hall of Fame, because if Laura Nyro's in without doing anything to deserve even remote consideration then apparently anyone can make it.

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 03.20.12 @ 16:17pm


So how do they really feel? I never saw the merit of this one either, but I'm not exactly grabbing the torches and pitchforks about it.

Posted by astrodog on Tuesday, 03.20.12 @ 17:05pm


http://www.rollingstone.com/videos/new-and-hot/todd-rundgren-on-the-greatness-of-laura-nyro-20120413

Todd Rundgren
On the greatness of Laura Nyro
APRIL 13, 2012 | By ERIC HELTON, MATTHEW MURPHY

Todd Rundgren recently sat down at the Rolling Stone studio to talk about his deep love for the music of the late songwriter Laura Nyro. "Her having such a great influence on me is probably one of the reasons why people think I have a sophisticated sensibility about writing songs, and how the lyrics should impact and mesh with melodies," Rundgren says. The rocker goes on to tell the story of how he came to work with Nyro and had to turn down an offer to be her band leader.

Posted by Roy on Sunday, 04.15.12 @ 08:19am


Bette Midler mentions Blood, Sweat and Tears and Peter, Paul and Mary in her induction speech for Laura Nyro this year.

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 05.22.12 @ 14:43pm


So do you think that means that either of them will get nominated next year?

Posted by Greg F on Tuesday, 05.22.12 @ 15:23pm


YES!

Bette Midler mentions Todd Rundgren, Ricki Lee Jones, Phoebe Snow, LaBelle, Blood, Sweat and Tears and Peter, Paul and Mary in her induction speech for Laura Nyro this year.

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 05.22.12 @ 20:26pm


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gwGnhDt5AWg

Bette Midler inducts Laura Nyro

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 05.22.12 @ 20:48pm


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hoNm5RYt1uk

Another Bette Midler on Laura Nyro clip

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 05.22.12 @ 20:50pm


We'll just have to wait and see what happens in September. I do think that now they've inducted Laura Nyro, any of those could be discussed by nom com. Also, now that she's been inducted maybe Carole King, Carly Simon, Kate Bush, or Joan Baez could make the ballot anytime soon.

Posted by Greg F on Tuesday, 05.22.12 @ 23:20pm


greg
lets hope what you have said comes true!
won't it be great if it all did?!!
time will tell

Posted by Happy on Wednesday, 05.23.12 @ 00:37am


I hope so too especially Kate Bush. I would be over the moon if she were to ever to make the ballot.

Posted by Greg F on Wednesday, 05.23.12 @ 13:28pm


Laura, you made it, congrads!

Posted by S. Adam Bernstein on Sunday, 09.16.12 @ 19:59pm


Laura is the quintessential female music queen! She has one of the most powerful voices in music. Charcoal & silk that sometimes rises to an operatic shrill! She was the first one to use her own voice in the background of her songs, both counterpoint & harmony! This where Todd Rundgren got his style from. Her uncommon chord changes & arrangements are the first of their kind in the Genre as noted by Steely Dan! Carole King can't sing half as good as Laura & Joni Mitchell, who took direction from Laura, can't sing as good as her either! Joni is s folk singer! Laura is Guts, Gravy,Tears,Joy,Sadness, Surprise, Silk, Charcoal & Flowers! Thank god she is finally in this Flim Flam Hall of Fame!

Posted by Dirty Shoosz on Tuesday, 01.29.13 @ 00:09am


Laura is the quintessential female music queen! She has one of the most powerful voices in music. Charcoal & silk that sometimes rises to an operatic shrill! She was the first one to use her own voice in the background of her songs, both counterpoint & harmony! This where Todd Rundgren got his style from. Her uncommon chord changes & arrangements are the first of their kind in the Genre as noted by Steely Dan! Carole King can't sing half as good as Laura & Joni Mitchell, who took direction from Laura, can't sing as good as her either! Joni is s folk singer! Laura is Guts, Gravy,Tears,Joy,Sadness, Surprise, Silk, Charcoal & Flowers! Thank god she is finally in this Flim Flam Hall of Fame!

Posted by Dirty Shoosz on Tuesday, 01.29.13 @ 00:09am


Laura is the quintessential female music queen! She has one of the most powerful voices in music. Charcoal & silk that sometimes rises to an operatic shrill! She was the first one to use her own voice in the background of her songs, both counterpoint & harmony! This where Todd Rundgren got his style from. Her uncommon chord changes & arrangements are the first of their kind in the Genre as noted by Steely Dan! Carole King can't sing half as good as Laura & Joni Mitchell, who took direction from Laura, can't sing as good as her either! Joni is s folk singer! Laura is Guts, Gravy,Tears,Joy,Sadness, Surprise, Silk, Charcoal & Flowers! Thank god she is finally in this Flim Flam Hall of Fame!

Posted by Dirty Shoosz on Tuesday, 01.29.13 @ 00:09am


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