Timi Yuro (August 4, 1940 - March 30, 2004) was a highly acclaimed female R&B/traditional pop singer with an emotive style who became famous during the early 1960s. Dubbed "the little girl with the big voice" owing to her petite stature and her unusually deep and powerful contralto, she was among the first blue-eyed soul vocalists of the rock era. Her best known songs include "Hurt" (1961), "What's A Matter Baby (Is It Hurting You)" (1962), and "Make The World Go Away" (1963).
Born Rosemarie Timotea Aurro in Chicago into an Italian-American family, she received voice lessons as a child, and after moving with her family to Los Angeles in 1952, she continued her studies under Lillian Goodman. By age 14, Yuro was performing in nightclubs as well as at her family's Italian restaurant where she became the main attraction. In 1959, she was discovered by talent scout Sonny Knight of Liberty Records and soon after signed to that label. Yuro became internationally famous beginning in 1962 when she opened for Frank Sinatra on his Australian tour. The following year, she embarked on the first of many major European tours over the years where she established a devoted following in several countries and appeared on Britain's popular "Ready Steady Go!" TV show.
Timi Yuro debuted in 1961 with her aching rendition of the Roy Hamilton 1955 R&B hit, "Hurt," a Top 5 hit on both the Adult Contemporary and Pop/Rock charts which made the R&B Top 40, went gold, and became her signature song. Other Yuro classics include the R&B rocker, "What's A Matter Baby (Is It Hurting You)" (1962), and her soulful remake of the Hank Cochran-penned country standard, "Make The World Go Away" (1963). Yuro's long string of hits, which continued through 1966, also include "She Really Loves You" (1961), "The Love Of A Boy" (1962), "Insult To Injury" (1963), "Gotta Travel On" (1963), and "You Can Have Him" (1965), as well as covers of such early pop standards as "I Apologize" (1961), "Let Me Call You Sweetheart" (1962), and the Charlie Chaplin-penned "Smile" (1961, from the 1936 movie, "Modern Times"). Other songs for which Yuro became famous include the title theme to the 1968 movie, "Interlude," and such Northern Soul favorites as "Can't Stop Running Away" and her cover of Baby Washington's "It'll Never Be Over For Me."
Beginning in 1969, Time Yuro took a break from the music business to raise a family, performing and recording intermittently throughout the 1970s. In 1980, she lost her voice and underwent a number of operations for throat cancer. She recovered sufficiently to record several albums and made a comeback in the Netherlands during the early 1980s. She lost her voice again in 1984, permanently ending her career, and had been battling cancer ever since. During the 1990s, Yuro had a resurgence in popularity in the U.K. with the release of two career-spanning compilations: "Timi Yuro: The Lost Voice Of Soul" (1993) and "Timi Yuro: The Voice That Got Away" (1996).
- The Independent remembers Timi Yuro.
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- Call Me 1964
(B-side of "Permanently Lonely")
- Hurt 1961
(This song, which was written by Jimmie Crane and Al Jacobs, was previously a hit for Roy Hamilton (1955) and later also became a hit for Little Anthony And The Imperials (1966), the Manhattans (1975), and Elvis Presley (1976). "Hurt" is considered to be one of Timi Yuro's signature songs.)
- I Apologize 1961
- Insult To Injury 1963
- Let Me Call You Sweetheart 1962
- The Love Of A Boy 1962
- Make The World Go Away 1963
(This song also became a hit for Ray Price (1963), Eddy Arnold (1965), and Donny & Marie Osmond (1975).)
- She Really Loves You 1961
- Smile 1961
(This song was previously a hit for Tony Bennett (1959) and later also became a hit for Ferrante & Teicher (1962) and Betty Everett & Jerry Butler (1965).)
- What's A Matter Baby (Is It Hurting You) 1962
(This song later also became a hit for Ellen Foley (1979).)
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