Hi, She was born Rosemary Timothy Yuro on August 4, 1940 in Chicago, Illinois. Her family moved to Los Angeles, where she sang in her parents’ Italian restaurant. Her vocal stylings put her in a few different genres, soul, R&B, pop. The lady could flat-out sing.
She was signed to a recording contract with Liberty Records, on July 24, 1961 Timi debuted her first Billboard Hot 100 hit, her classic recording of “HURT”. She found success as her record made its way to the top of the chart, peaking at #4. “I APOLOGIZE”, the “B” side of “Hurt” also received air play, entering the Hot 100, it became a #72. Not bad for your first hit, putting both sides on the national chart. “Hurt” was such a big song that it crossed over and charted at #22 on the R&B top singles chart.
Her follow-up record charted in November of 1961 and again both sides found chart success. “SMILE” was the “A” side, it just missed the Top 40, peaking at #42, while “SHE REALLY LOVES YOU”, charted at #93. Timi’s next big hit record made its Hot 100 debut in July of 1962. “WHAT’S THE MATTER BABY (Is It Hurting You)” became her second biggest hit going all the way to #12. The single enjoyed 11 weeks on the Hot 100. She also crossed over to the R&B chart where it became her biggest R&B hit, peaking at #16.
In 1963 Liberty Records released “MAKE THE WORLD GO AWAY” an album of country and blues standards. Timi was at her vocal peak on this album and the title song “Make The World Go Away” was released as a single record. In July of 1963 her record was on the Hot 100, it became Timi’s third biggest hit, climbing up the chart to #24. She would continue to record and have some success in the years that followed. She would record for Mercury Records beginning in 1964.
Timi left the music business in 1969. She began to sing again in the 1980’s. Her doctor’s found that she had cancer in her throat. Her larynx was eventually removed and in 2004 she died of cancer, at the age of 63. Her popularity was world-wide as she performed from Las Vegas to London. She made two appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show, was on American Bandstand and many other TV shows.
One of her biggest fans was Elvis Presley who had his own table at a casino where she was headlining in the late ’60s. He would show his admiration for her by recording his own version of “Hurt” in 1976 and stay true to her fabulous recording. Timi Yuro’s music lives on, her recordings display the passion and pure power of her remarkable voice, a voice that is part of the “Golden Era of Rock and Roll.”