The first cover of a Laura Nyro composition–“And When I Die”–was recorded by Peter, Paul & Mary in 1966. The connection between the folk stars and the young composer was made through Laura’s first producer, Milt Okun–a lovely guy, by the way, who even showed up at my L.A. book signing back in 2002. Milt, at the time Laura met him, was working with three popular folk acts–the Brothers Four, Chad Mitchell Trio, and PPM. Decades later, after Laura’s death, he began to administer her song catalog through his Cherry Lane Music Publishing, but I don’t see her name now on their roster (anyone have an update on this?).
I just came across this great YouTube clip (above) of Peter, Paul and Mary singing “And When I Die” at the building site of the Sydney Opera House (!) in 1970. It’s so nostalgic of that era. Enjoy!