Discover Timi Yuro

Isn’t this the way the Internet works: Without even trying, you occasionally stumble upon something wonderful.

Timi Yuro

I’d never heard of or even heard Timi Yuro before today. But as I was perusing a Beatles set list from 1963 that had been posted online, I noticed a song titled “If You Gotta Make a Fool of Somebody” a version of which was recorded by James Ray, a soul singer who died shortly after finding some success in the early ’60s. While I sought out Ray’s version of the song, I happened upon a recording by Timi Yuro on YouTube.

I was duly impressed by Yuro's brassy, soulful vocals, and so I ended up listening to her other recordings, many of which were standards of the day: “All Alone Am I,” “Cry,” “I’m Sorry,” to name just a few.

According to Yuro’s entry in Wikipedia, she was Morrissey’s favorite singer, and counted Elvis among her biggest fans.

Yuro released her last album in 1984, Timi Yuro Sings Willie Nelson, which was produced by Nelson. Take a listen to one of her lovely duets with Willie, "Did I Ever Love You." Yuro died of throat cancer in 2004. If you don’t already know of her, take the time to discover a stunning talent.