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Stoney End

by

Barbra Streisand



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This was from Streisand's first album of songs that weren't from Broadway/film musicals and weren't standards. On the album, she recorded two songs written by Laura Nyro, including "Stoney End."
Producer Richard Perry looked at several Laura Nyro songs for Barbra Streisand to sing on her second Pop-Rock album. He selected this song and convinced Streisand to sing it, despite her not being comfortable with the line "I was raised on the good book, Jesus." It was Streisand's biggest Hot 100 hit until "Evergreen."
Many of Streisand's fans were initially bothered by this song because it had more of a Rock feel, with heavy bass and drums and her searing vocal. It was Streisand's biggest Pop/Rock hit until "Evergreen" in 1976.
Richard Perry produced this album with Phil Ramone as the engineer. Ramone would later produce several Streisand albums. (thanks, Ken - Louisville, KY, for all above)
Nyro recorded this in 1967 on her album More Than a New Discovery. In 1968, Peggy Lipton recorded it.
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Comments (7):

I only have one thing to add. JLS in LA, CA - "suposably" isn't a word. I think you must have meant "supposedly". Sorry, that is one of my biggest pet peeves.
- Jeanie, Alto, GA
On January 17th 1971, "Stoney End" by Barbra Streisand peaked at #6 (for 1 week) on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; it had entered the chart on October 25th, 1970 and spent 18 weeks on the Top 100...
It reached #2 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary Tracks chart...
Was track 6 on her twelfth studio album of the same name; it peaked at #10 on Billboard's Top 200 Albums chart...
Two other tracks off the album also charted on the Top 100, and both were also composed by Laura Nyro ("Time and Love" at #51 and "Flim Flam Man" at #82)...
R.I.P. Ms. Nyro, born Laura Nigro, (1947 - 1997) and Ms. Streisand will celebrated her 72nd birthday in three months on April 24th (2014).
- Barry, Sauquoit, NY
A great song sung by a great artist by a great writer. rip laura
- alan, white lake, MI
Yeah, this is a great tune. I loved to hear it back in the 70s, but I don't think I knew till now the title of it was "Stoney End". I can understand why it was such a big hit for Barbra. She rocks out the lyrics, written by the genius that is known as Laura Nyro.
- Camille, Toronto, OH
Jo, so, from TX. Nah this was not her struggle with lesbianism though she had a relationship with Maria Desidereo for the last 17 years of her life. It is suposably about her father, Lou. Luie was not about her father, but this was a liberation from his control over her music and her feelings about her ownership of her talent. So told to me from inside her family. Who knows though. Either way its a wonderful pop song, and fits in even today.
- JLS, LA, CA
This song was written by Laura Nyro. It is about her struggle with her lesbianism. Laura was raised with a religious education. She was very close to her mother and adored her, as per her father. She married but her marriage dissolved.Her feelings and passions raged within her. When she let go to of her feelings she wished she could start over again and wanted the security of her mother cradeling her again. "She was raised with the book of Jesus till she read between the lines..." She never wanted to go down the stoney end.... In biblical times women who did not adhere to religious conformity were stoned
- jo, so tx, TX
This and Carole King's "Where You Lead" were my favorite Streisand songs. Neither one likely pleased her more traditional fans, but they were both great.
- Mark, Lancaster, OH
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