Stoney End (song)

"Stoney End" is a song written by Laura Nyro and released in February 1967 on her debut album More Than a New Discovery. According to childhood friend Alan Merrill, Nyro originally intended the song, a gospel-inflected uptempo piece, to be performed at a slower pace. The best known recording of Nyro's album version of the song was a hit for Barbra Streisand in 1970.

"Stoney End"
Stoney End - Peggy Lipton.jpg
Single by Peggy Lipton
B-side"San Francisco Glide"
Released1968
GenreVocal pop
LabelOde
Songwriter(s)Laura Nyro
Producer(s)Lou Adler[1]
Peggy Lipton singles chronology
"Wear Your Love Like Heaven"
(1967)
"Stoney End"
(1968)
"Red Clay County Line"
(1969)
"Stoney End"
Stoney End - Barbra Streisand.jpg
Single by Barbra Streisand
from the album Stoney End
B-side"I'll Be Home"
ReleasedOctober 1970
Recorded1970
GenrePop
LabelColumbia
Songwriter(s)Laura Nyro
Producer(s)Richard Perry
Barbra Streisand singles chronology
"Stout-Hearted Men"
(1967)
"Stoney End"
(1970)
"Time and Love"
(1971)

Two lyrically different versions were previously released in 1966 by Verve Forecast and Folkways Records as jazzy-folksy non-gospel style singles, both "Prod. by Milt Okun" and arranged and produced by Herb Bernstein. "Wedding Bell Blues" is on the reverse side and both songs are on Nyro's debut album "More Than A New Discovery" also produced by Milt Okun and released in 1967. [2]

Disks with "DISK JOCKEY RECORD, NOT FOR SALE", also released in 1966 have alternative lyrics including referencing "golden rules" rather than "mines", lines", "good book Jesus", etc.

Streisand recorded "Stoney End" as the title track of her twelfth studio album. Members of the group Fanny provided backing vocals. The song reached number six on the US Billboard Hot 100 in early 1971 and became Streisand's second Top 10 hit. It also reached number two on the US Adult Contemporary chart. In Canada it peaked at number five.

Chart performanceEdit

Weekly chartsEdit

Chart (1970–71) Peak
position
Canada RPM Top Singles[3] 5
Canada RPM Adult Contemporary[4] 29
UK Singles Chart 27
US Billboard Hot 100[5] 6
US Billboard Easy Listening 2
US Cash Box Top 100 7

Year-end chartsEdit

Chart (1971) Rank
Canada[6] 65
US Cash Box[7] 99

Other versionsEdit

  • The Blossoms, who sang backing vocals on Peggy Lipton's version, first released it in 1967 as the B-side to the "Wonderful" single, and then again in 1969 as an A-side single
  • "Stoney End" had previously been performed by The Chicks. It charted in New Zealand, reaching number 21 in January 1970.[8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Peggy Lipton - Stoney End / San Francisco Glide (Vinyl)". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2016-10-05.
  2. ^ Verve Music Catalog Single Index info: KF-5024; Laura Nyro - Wedding Bell Blues / Stoney End; 1966; Laura Nyro, vocals, piano; Herb Bernstein, arranger, conductor. NYC, July 13, 1966. 100886, Wedding Bell Blues. 100887, Stoney End.
  3. ^ "Image : RPM Weekly - Library and Archives Canada". Bac-lac.gc.ca. Retrieved 2016-10-05.
  4. ^ "Item: 10616 - Library and Archives Canada". Bac-lac.gc.ca. Retrieved 2016-10-05.
  5. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
  6. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 2016-10-05.
  7. ^ "Top 100 Year End Charts: 1971". Cashbox Magazine. Retrieved 2016-05-30.
  8. ^ "flavour of new zealand - search listener". Flavourofnz.co.nz. 1970-01-09. Retrieved 2016-10-05.

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