Song of the Day: Laura Nyro, “And When I Die”

Singer-songwriter and pianist Laura Nyro was born on this day in 1947. Her songs were popularized by The Fifth Dimension (“Stoned Soul Picnic,” “Wedding Bell Blues”), Blood Sweat & Tears (“And When I Die,” “Hi De Ho”), Three Dog Night (“Eli’s Coming”), and Barbra Streisand (“Stoney End”). “And When I Die” is from her second studio album, 1967’s More Than A New Discovery. Blood Sweat & Tears had a hit with it in 1969 (#2 US, #4 US AC, #1 Canada).

4 thoughts on “Song of the Day: Laura Nyro, “And When I Die”

    1. She never got the attention she deserved as a recording artist. IMHO, she was at least as good a performer as Carole King, and I’d almost rate her higher as a songwriter. Carole is a huge talent, don’t get me wrong; I’m just saying that Laura was, too. Apparently Laura had an aversion to performing on TV, which may have held her back.


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