Yesterday’s blog post rekindled my love and interest in Laura Nyro’s music. I decided to start at the beginning of her discography with the album entitled, More Than A New Discovery. This recording was released in January of 1967 on the Verve Folkways label.
The album included several songs that would become hits for other artists. Blood, Sweat & Tears scored with “And When I Die” (US #2),The 5th Dimension with “Wedding Bell Blues” (US #1) and “Blowin’ Away” (US #21), and Barbra Streisand with “Stoney End” (US #6).
The album was later reissued, with a revised track order and with the song “Hands Off the Man” retitled to “Flim Flam Man”, in 1973 by Columbia Records as The First Songs.
In the summer of 1967 Laura Nyro performed at the infamous Monterey Pop Festival; while Nyro felt her performance had been a failure, the D.A. Pennebaker documentary footage of the concert showed to the contrary that the crowd responded enthusiastically to her set.
After her performance at Monterey, record producer David Geffen signed her to a $4 million contract with Columbia Records.
- Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2012 – Laura Nyro (musicofourheart.me)