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Name: Laura Nyro                                                                     
Birth name: Laura Nigro                                                               
Born: 18 October 1947 The Bronx, New York, United States                             
Died: 8 April 1997 Danbury, Connecticut, United States                               
Laura Nyro (born Laura Nigro) (October 18, 1947 - April 8, 1997) was an American     
composer, lyricist, singer and pianist. Her style was a distinctive hybrid of         
Brill Building-style New York pop, mixed with elements of jazz, gospel, rhythm       
and blues, show tunes and rock.                                                       
She was best known, and had the most commercial success, as a composer and           
lyricist rather than as a performer. Between 1968 and 1970 a number of other         
singers had significant hits with her songs: the Fifth Dimension with "Blowing       
Away", "Wedding Bell Blues", "Stoned Soul Picnic", "Sweet Blindness", "Save The       
Country" and "Black Patch"; Blood, Sweat & Tears and Peter Paul & Mary with "And     
When I Die"; Three Dog Night with "Eli's Coming"; and Barbra Streisand with "Stoney   
End" and "Hands off the Man (Flim Flam Man)". Ironically, Nyro's own best-selling     
single was her recording of Carole King and Gerry Goffin's "Up on the Roof."