DANBURY, Conn. (AP) _ Laura Nyro, a singer-songwriter who influenced a generation of women artists with songs like ``Eli's Coming'' and ``Stoned Soul Picnic'' and her emotional blend of pop, folk and jazz, has died at 49.

Nyro died Tuesday at her home of ovarian cancer.

She gained fame as a teen-ager in the 1960s writing songs that became big hits for other artists, including ``And When I Die,'' recorded by Peter, Paul and Mary and later by Blood, Sweat and Tears; ``Wedding Bell Blues'' and ``Stoned Soul Picnic,'' both hits for the Fifth Dimension; ``Eli's Coming,'' a hit for Three Dog Night; and ``Stoney End,'' a hit for Barbra Streisand.

Other artists who have recorded her songs include Chet Atkins, the Four Tops, Aretha Franklin, Linda Ronstadt, Diana Ross and Frank Sinatra.

In her heyday in the late '60s and early '70s, Nyro's music could be heard coming from college dorm rooms across the country. It was the early years of the singer-songwriter, and along with Joni Mitchell she was one of the leading female exponents of the genre.

``She changed the face of popular music,'' friend and record producer Peter Gallway said Wednesday. ``Nobody spoke with the feminine, poetic, passionate voice in pop music like Laura. She influenced many songwriters, and in particular many women songwriters, to come.''

Gallway is producing a tribute album to Nyro featuring covers of her work from artists including Suzanne Vega, Jane Siberry and Rosanne Cash. ``Her limits were nothing less than fury and glory and God and the devil,'' Vega wrote for the album's liner notes.

Her most celebrated album, ``Eli and the Thirteenth Confession,'' came out in 1968. She followed it up with ``New York Tendaberry,'' ``Christmas and the Beads of Sweat,'' and a 1971 collection of covers of others' songs, ``Gonna Take a Miracle.''

In ``The Rolling Stone Illustrated History of Rock and Roll,'' critic Stephen Holden wrote of ``Eli'': ``The songs mixed echoes of Broadway, folk and pop gospel into a burningly intense, highly individual portrait held together by Nyro's wailing vocals and moody pianism.''

``When I write my music I see all the rivers flowing _ sensual, spiritual, religious, animal, intellectual,'' she said in an interview with The Associated Press in 1969. ``I see songs in shapes and in terms of color and texture.''

In 1978, Nyro gave birth to a son, Gil Bianchini, and spent the next several years away from the music scene. In 1984, she released ``Mother's Spiritual,'' an album in which she muses about motherhood, sisterhood and nature. The album is dedicated to the trees.

Other later albums include ``Live at the Bottom Line,'' 1990; and ``Walk the Dog & Lite the Lite,'' 1993.

Nyro _ pronounced like Nero _ was born Laura Nigro in the Bronx, the daughter of a jazz trumpeter. She said the gritty streets of New York influenced her music.

``I was brought up in a melting pot in New York with Spanish and black people, and I feel very close to these people,'' she said.

She was 17 when Peter, Paul and Mary popularized ``And When I Die.''

An appearance at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967 proved to be a disaster. Working with a back-up band unused to her style, she was hooted off the stage and refused to perform in public for two years afterward.

In the 1969 interview, she said: ``Two years ago, when nobody wanted to hear my music, my feeling was I thought the rest of the world was crazy and I wasn't. I knew what I was doing was pure. Now the world has somehow gotten their thing together and they're coming along just fine.''

Besides her son, she is survived by her companion, Maria Desiderio. A private memorial service was planned.