Classic Vocalist: Timi Yuro

Timi Yuro who sang Hurt one of the best songs of the 1960s.
Timi Yuro who sang Hurt one of the best songs of the 1960’s.

Rosemary Timotea “Timi” Yuro

Born: August 4, 1940 in Chicago, Illinois

Died: March 30, 2004 in Las Vegas, Nevada

Hurt is one of my alltime favorite songs from the 1960’s and even though Roy Hamilton had released it earlier Timi Yuro made it a huge hit as it topped out at No.4 on the record charts.

She also was the first to have recorded Make The World Go Away which went to No.24 on the charts. Eddy Arnold would later record it and it would reach the No.1 spot on the country music charts.



Her career was short-lived as Hurt was No.4 was her first and last Top 10 song in 1961 and What’s A Matter Baby peaked at No.12 in 1962. Make the World Go Away reached No.24 on the charts in 1963, then only four of her songs reached the Top 100, during the rest of her recording career.

There was no doubt about her talent, but for some reason her music didn’t sell well, maybe because Liberty her record label didn’t promote her well.

Timi may not have had a sustained career but for a few years she was as good as any singer of her era.

Her official website has a long list of rare recordings by Timi and tells of how her mother helped Willie Nelson early in his career:

Timi and Willie had a long standing mutual respect and friendship. Her mother (Edith) fed him when he was a struggling musician in the late 50’s. He picked up the tab for all costs to record (all songs Willie Nelson wrote) used for Timi’s album Today released in 1982. Including 2 Duets by Timi & Willie Nelson were recorded.


Author: Andrew Godfrey

Retired from newspaper work after 38 years. Had served in the Army in Hawaii and Vietnam in the 60's. Am now retired and living in Sulphur, Louisiana.

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