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Arts & Culture

Laura Nyro Was The Emily Dickinson Of American Pop Music

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Jonathan McNicol
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Connecticut Public Radio
Freshly Squeezed with Colin McEnroe at Watkinson School in Hartford, January 29, 2020 (from left to right): Steve Metcalf, Jim Chapdelaine, Latanya Farrell, some guy.

Laura Nyro's most famous compositions -- "Stoned Soul Picnic," "Stoney End," "When I Die," "Wedding Bell Blues," "Eli's Coming" -- are jewels of mainstream music, and her covers of songs like "Jimmy Mack" and "Gonna Take a Miracle" are legendary.

But she was uncomfortable under the spotlight and withdrew from it to become the Belle of Danbury.

This hour: a night of singing, reflecting, and celebrating recorded in front of a live audience on January 29, 2020, as part of Colin's Freshly Squeezed series at Watkinson School.

GUESTS:

  • Jim Chapdelaine - Guitar and vocals
  • Latanya Farrell - Vocals and tambourine
  • Steve Metcalf - Piano and vocals

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