Margo Guryan dead at 84: Take a Picture and Sunday Mornin songwriter passes away as friend pays tribute to iconic artistNovember 11, 2021
SINGER Margo Guryan, best known for her hit singles Take A Picture and Sunday Mornin' passed away at 84 as her friend pays tribute to the iconic artist.
The songwriter's friend Damon Krukowski of the rock band Galaxie 500 confirmed her death to Buzzbandsla.
According to Krukowski, Guryan passed away in her Los Angeles home on Thursday. No cause of death was revealed.
The New York native first signed with Atlantic Records in the late 1950s.
However, after her initial attempts as a performer stalled, Guryan focused her efforts on songwriting for others.
Guryan composed music for Jazz singers Chris Conner, Claudine Longet, Harry Belafonte, Jackie DeShannon, Freda Payne, Anita O’Day, and Spanky and Our Gang.
Guryan released her first studio album in '68 with Take a Picture, which included her biggest single, Sunday Mornin'.
Despite receiving well-received criticism for her album, Guryan subsequently withdrew from the music industry entirely.
A version of Sunday Mornin' recorded by Spanky and Our Gang reached No. 30 on the Billboard 200.
Three decades after the release of Take a Picture, Guryan’s music received renewed interest when Saint Etienne covered her song I Don’t Intend to Spend Christmas Without You.
In 1999, Take a Picture was reissued in the US, Europe and Japan, followed in 2001 by the release of the 25 Demos collection.
In 2007, Guryan released her first single in four decades with 16 Words, inspired by George W Bush’s 2003 State of the Union.
Guryan is survived by her stepson, Jonathan Rosner, stepdaughter-in-law Amy Rosner and two grandchildren, Rachel and Lauren Rosner.
Her husband, David Rosner, died in 2017.
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