Son Of Rock Hall Of Fame Inductee Laura Nyro Discusses Her Legacy
The Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland inducted its class of 2012 inductees on Saturday, including Bronx-born singer and songwriter Laura Nyro. NY1's Arts reporter Stephanie Simon interviewed the talented late musician's son and filed the following report.
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Bronx-born singer-songwriter Laura Nyro came of age in the turbulent 1960s, and to a large extent her music showed both the perils and promise of her time, in hits made famous by a host of recording artists like the Fifth Dimension, Blood Sweat and Tears and Three Dog Night
Now 15 years after her death, Laura Nyro is being recognized for her body of work and influence on scores of musicians, including her son, Gil Bianchini.
Bianchini, now a hip-hop artist under the name of Gil T, was planning to be on hand in Cleveland on Saturday as the music, memory and legacy of his mother was honored. It is a legacy he still finds daunting.
"There was one time when I had gotten her whole discography and I really saw how many songs that she made. So on that level I'm trying to work toward it, you know," says Bianchini. "I'm probably less than halfway there."
He hopes one day to incorporate her music into his compositions. In lyrics his mother did say,"There'd be one child born in this world to carry on."
"Everybody that she reached through her music are like diehard fans, they're probably like a cult following," says Bianchini. "Every single person has told me a story of how her music has changed their lives."
No doubt, the music has changed his as well.