On what would have been her 94th birthday, Sept. 13, Yma Sumac was honored as the Google Doodle of the day. If you’re not familiar with the singer, get to know her with five fast facts right here!
1. She had an insane vocal range
Yma Sumac, who would have turned 94 on Sept. 13, although she sadly passed in Nov. 2008, was famous for her insane vocal range, with an ability to sing over five octaves. She was a famous soprano singer, although she was also able to sing notes in the baritone register, as well. Yma was a proponent of Orient music, which has a South Pacific/Orient vibe.
2. She’s from South America
The singer was born in Peru under the name Zoila Augusta Emperatriz Chavarri del Castillo, and it’s rumored that she was actually an Incan princess. She changed her name before moving to the United States.
3. She had a family
Yma married Moises Vivanco, a bandleader, in June 1942, the same year she was heard on the radio for the very first time. Their son, Charles, was born in 1949. The couple moved to New York City in 1946 and started playing music there together. They wound up getting divorced in 1957 because he had twins with another woman, then remarried later that year, only to split again in 1965.
4. She took a break from performing in the 1960s
After a five-year tour in the early 60s, Yma took some time off, only performing sporadically throughout the later half of the decade. However, she made a sort of comeback in 1971 by releasing a rock album, still getting onstage every once in a while. She then re-launched her career again in the 1980s.
5. She sadly died after a bout with cancer
Yma was diagnosed with colon cancer in early 2008, and tragically died just nine months later on Nov. 1 of that year in an assisted living facility.
HollywoodLifers, what was the most interesting thing you learned about Yma? Do you think she’s a good choice for Google Doodle?