Barry Manilow looks at the career of the uniquely talented singer / songwriter, Laura Nyro. Among her admirers are Barbra Streisand, Elton John and Stephen Sondheim, yet Laura remains largely unknown to the public. Among her songs 'Stony End' a huge hit for Barbra Streisand, 'And When I Die' for the band 'Blood Sweat and Tears' and 'Sweet Blindness' for 'The Fifth Dimension'.
Laura was a songwriting prodigy who made her first album when she was just nineteen. Her songs were sought out and recorded by, among others, Chet Atkins, Chris Connor, 'Mama' Cass Elliot, Maynard Ferguson, The Four Tops, Aretha Franklin, Linda Rondstadt, Diana Ross and the Supremes and Frank Sinatra.
Her unique style, with tempo changes and complex lyric writing, plus a determination to go her own way, produced several albums - none of which were successful! But all of which contain her extraordinary songs. In this programme Barry Manilow showcases her remarkable talent.