Laura Nyro was, above all, original.
Her unflinching confessional lyrics and audacious rhythmic shifts made her an idol and trailblazer for such stars as Elton John and Kate Bush. Nyro’s commercial success doesn’t reflect her talent, but her work will endure for generations.
Bette Midler Inducts Laura NyroBette Midler Inducts Laura Nyro at the 2012 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Bette Midler Inducts Laura Nyro00:10:07
Gil Bianchini Accepts on Behalf of Laura Nyro00:02:53
Hall of Fame Essay
Motown pop? Girl-group pastiche? Or something from the classical world?
All those genres had a hand in her inimitable style. The unconventional keys and startling tempo changes indicated jazz. The theatrical melodies spoke of Broadway. The introspection in the songs said singer-songwriter, while the soulfulness of the tunes played straight to the heart of Berry Gordy.
she was the very essence of New York City: passionate, romantic, ethereal, eternal.
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