Nyro, Laura. Bronx-born progenitor of soulful Rhoda-rock. The precocious Nyro released her debut album in 1966 at the age of 19, and shortly thereafter saw the Fifth Dimension and Barbra Streisand score hits with her free-swinging compositions “Wedding Bell Blues” and “Stoney End,” respectively. Snapped up by aspiring agent David Geffen, she signed a $4 million contract with Columbia Records—putting both herself and Geffen in the big leagues—and released two SEMINAL albums, Eli and the Thirteenth Confession and New York Tendaberry, before growing fed up with the music industry and the limitations it placed on her free spirit and eccentric habits. (She demanded, for instance, that one of her albums be pressed on perfume-infused vinyl, and named her publishing company Tuna Fish Music, after her daily lunch choice.) At the age of 24, Nyro moved from Manhattan to New England, and flitted in and out of retirement until her death in 1997.