Timi Yuro grew up in Los Angeles and started singing at her parents' restaurant. She caught the eye of a rep from Liberty Records who signed her right away. Her debut release, 'Hurt' reached an impressive No. 4 on the US chart—listeners who loved her deep and soulful voice were shocked to find out that Timi was not black, but Italian (some listeners also assumed she was Japanese because of her name). Timi Yuro preferred to sing sad songs from the heart, and unfortunately her life ended in the same vein. After making somewhat of a comeback in 1976 due to 'Hurt' becoming a hit for Elvis Presley, she was diagnosed with throat cancer and finally passed away from it in 2004.