Zoila Augusta Emperatriz Chávarri del Castillo A.K.A.
Yma Sumac R.I.P.
Yma Sumac (September 13, 1922 – November 1, 2008) was a noted Peruvian soprano. Legend has it that she was born in Brooklyn, NY and Yma Sumac was really Amy Camus [Yma Sumac spelt backwards].........but this has never been confirmed anymore than the Alice Cooper / Eddie Haskell rumor.
In the 1950s, she was one of the most famous proponents of exotica music and became an international success, based on the merits of her extreme vocal range, which was said to be "well over four octaves" and was sometimes claimed to span even five octaves at her peak.
During the 1950s, Yma Sumac produced a series of legendary lounge music recordings featuring Hollywood-style versions of Incan and South American folk songs, working with the likes of Les Baxter and Billy May. The combination of her extraordinary voice, exotic looks, and stage personality made her a hit with American audiences.
She recorded a record in 1971 with Les Baxter in charge with some rock musicians titled "Miracles"....again legend has it that it was Lou Reed on guitar but I doubt this rumor also....
Listen to a cut from "Miracles" ........
Yma Sumac Remember