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Stoney End Song
"Stoney End" is a song written by Laura Nyro and first released in February 1967 on her debut album More Than a New Discovery. A gospel-inflected uptempo piece; according to childhood friend Alan Merrill, Nyro originally intended the song to be performed on a slower pace. The best known version of the song was a hit for Barbra Streisand in 1970.
Streisand recorded Stoney End as the title track of her twelfth studio album. The song was suggested to Streisand by record producer Richard Perry. 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 "Stoney End" peaked at number five.
- The Stone Poneys, which featured Linda Ronstadt, recorded a moderated version of "Stoney End" for their Stone Poneys & Friends / Volume 3 album in 1968.
- The Blossoms, who sang backing vocals on Peggy Lipton's version, recorded the song as the B-side of their single release, "Wonderful" in 1969.
- "Stoney End" had previously been performed by The Chicks. It charted in New Zealand, reaching number 21 in January 1970.