Last weekend, Scott Simon, host of NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday, gave a classy on-air tribute to Laura Nyro, one of the most extraordinary singer-songwriters of the 1960s and 1970s. "Extraordinary" in the true sense of "out of the ordinary." There was never any one quite like her, and last week, she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Her 1968 album was Eli and the Thirteenth Confession.
Here's how Scott concluded his essay: "In the long, hot summer of 1968, wars overseas were blowing up at home. Protests rang in the streets. Fires and fury raged. And Laura Nyro went into a studio and sang out the passions of the times. Who does that today?"
Check out the link above to Scott Simon's essay and also this YouTube video of Laura Nyro at the piano--she was an amazing musician--singing her great song "Save the Country."