Timi Yuro’s propensity for belting out soulful renditions of pop standards arranged for a mainstream white audience with the same fervor she brought to R&B songs made her difficult to classify when her career began in the late 1950s. In hindsight, this genre straddling made her one of the originators of what came to be known as blue-eyed soul. However, her timbre was closer to that of the black soul and blues singers from the period than to Dusty Springfield’s. Yuro had a voice that approached Aretha Franklin’s in power and control, and much like Etta James, her delivery could elicit painful empathy from the simplest of lyrics.
It did not take very long after her birth in Chicago, Illinois, on August 4, 1940, for... Read More