I have just been informed by Bette’s camp that she will be participating in the 2012 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Award ceremonies again this year by presenting one of her idols, Laura Nyro, with a posthumous award.
Laura Nyro Bio:
Bronx-born singer, songwriter and pianist Laura Nyro (1947-1997) was still a teenager in 1966 when she recorded her debut album, and Peter, Paul & Mary cut â€œAnd When I Die.â€ At age 19, Nyro played the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival, which brought her to the attention of first-time manager David Geffen. He led her to Columbia, Nyroâ€™s record label for the next 25 years, starting with 1968â€™s iconic Eli And The Thirteenth Confession. Other artists scored hit after hit with her songs, led by the 5th Dimensionâ€™s â€œStoned Soul Picnicâ€ and â€œSweet Blindnessâ€ in 1968 (then â€œWedding Bell Bluesâ€ in â€™69 and â€œBlowin’ Awayâ€ in â€™70). During two consecutive weeks in October 1969, Blood, Sweat & Tears entered the Hot 100 with â€œAnd When I Die,â€ and Three Dog Night with “Eli’s Coming.” In 1970-71, Barbra Streisand charted three consecutive times with Nyro songs,”Stoney End,â€ â€œTime And Loveâ€ and â€œFlim Flam Man.â€ Nyroâ€™s 1971 LP with vocal group Labelle, Gonna Take A Miracle, an entkv’621ire program of R&B covers, produced in Philadelphia by Gamble and Huff, remains a classic four decades later. Elton John acclaimed her influence to Elvis Costello: â€œThe soul, the passion, the out-and-out audacity of her rhythmic and melody changes was like nothing Iâ€™d ever heard before.â€ Nyroâ€™s tragic death of ovarian cancer at age 49 robbed popular music of one of its purest lights.
Stay tuned for ore info….The event will be held Saturday, April 14: 8 p.m….Tickets Sold Out!