Oh, man, we loved Laura Nyro. She seemed to have an aversion to the limelight and she never quite achieved the recognition she deserved, but she made an impact on a lot of us who loved pop music in the sixties and seventies. She was an incredibly precocious songwriter and singer. Her songwriting took up several threads in popular music and made it new in her own unmistakable voice. I think the level of her own writing declined as she drew on the junk thought of the times, but she remained a compelling interpreter of the music she loved up until her premature death in 1997 at the age of 49. In the video below, she sings the Delfonics’ 1968 hit “La La (Means I Love You)” (written by Thom Bell and William Hart) in a recording she made a year or two before her death. It’s a song she had previously recorded with Manhattan Transfer, but I thought some of you might especially enjoy the pure undiluted La La Laura as I do.
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