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Les Baxter - 100% match to Yma Sumac

Genres: Easy Listening Jazz Pop / Rock Soundtracks
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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14 March 1922, Mexia, Texas, USA, d. 15 January 1996, Palm Springs, California, USA. Baxter studied piano at the Detroit Conservatory before moving to Los Angeles for further studies at Pepperdine College. Abandoning a concert career as a pianist he turned to popular music as a singer, and at the age of 23 he joined Mel Tormé’s Mel-Tones, singing on Artie Shaw re Read more

Martin Denny - 97% match to Yma Sumac

Genres: Easy Listening Pop / Rock World Music
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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10 April 1911, New York City, New York, USA, d. 2 March 2005, Hawaii Kai, Hawaii, USA A pianist, composer, arranger, and conductor, Denny trained as a classical pianist and toured with various bands before moving to Hawaii in 1954. The story goes that while playing in the Shell Bar of the alfresco Hawaiian Village nightclub in Honolulu, he began to incorporate the sounds of Read more

Arthur Lyman - 75% match to Yma Sumac

Genres: Easy Listening Instrumental
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1990s 2000s
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1932, Kauai, Hawaii, d. 24 February 2002, Ewa, Hawaii. Lyman popularized a jazzy style of Hawaiian music during the 50s, and gathered a following as a purveyor of so-called exotic music. As a child, Lyman moved to the large Hawaiian city of Honolulu, where he became interested in the music of Benny Goodman and Lionel Hampton. He learned to play along with their records on a Read more

Esquivel - 57% match to Yma Sumac

Genres: Easy Listening Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1990s 2000s
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Juan Garcia Esquivel, 20 January 1918, Tampico, Tamaulipas, Mexico, d. 3 January 2002, Jiutepec, Morelos, Mexico. Although he was a huge inspiration for the revival of ‘lounge’ or ‘easy listening’ music in the 90s, Esquivel in fact began recording his heavily orchestrated pop muzak four decades earlier. Although none of his recordings from this period cha Read more

Perez Prado - 28% match to Yma Sumac

Genres: Big Band & Swing Easy Listening Instrumental Latin Pop / Rock Vocals World Music
Decades Active: 1950s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Damaso Pérez Prado, 11 December 1916, Mantanzas, Cuba, d. 14 September 1989, Mexico City, Mexico. Prado played organ and piano in cinemas and clubs before becoming an arranger for mambo-style local bands in 1942. He formed his own unit in 1948 in Mexico when the mambo beat was becoming very popular. Prado was ‘King of the Mambo’ in Latin America with his sco Read more

Xavier Cugat - 23% match to Yma Sumac

Genres: Big Band & Swing Easy Listening Latin World Music
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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Francisco de Asís Javier Cugat Mingall de Bru y Deulofeu, 1 January 1900, Gerona, Spain, d. 27 October 1990, Barcelona, Spain. An immensely popular band leader and composer who became known as the ‘King Of The Rumba’ during the 30s and 40s after he introduced some of the most insinuating Spanish and Latin American dance rhythms to the USA. Although details o Read more

Tito Puente - 18% match to Yma Sumac

Genres: Jazz Latin Pop / Rock World Music
Decades Active: 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Ernesto Antonio Puente Jnr., 20 April 1923, Harlem Hospital, New York City, New York, USA, d. 31 May 2000, New York City, New York, USA. Born of Puerto Rican parentage, Puente began piano lessons when he was seven years old and around the age of 10 started tuition in drums and percussion, which became his forte. Around 1936, Puente commenced his professional career as a drum Read more

Enoch Light - 14% match to Yma Sumac

Genres: Big Band & Swing Classical Easy Listening Jazz
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Enoch Henry Light, 18 August 1905, Canton, Ohio, USA, d. 31 July 1978, New York City, New York, USA. Tagged Enoch Light And His Light Brigade, Light’s dance band recorded a number of original compositions for Bluebird Records, Vocalion Records and RCA Records during their lifetime. These included ‘Rio Junction’, ‘The Daddy Of Them All’, ‘Big Ban Read more

Rosemary Clooney - 14% match to Yma Sumac

Genres: Easy Listening Holiday & Seasonal Jazz Vocals World Music
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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23 May 1928, Maysville, Kentucky, USA, d. 29 June 2002, Beverly Hills, California, USA. Although her heyday was back in the 50s, this popular singer and actress remained close to the peak of her powers well into the 90s. Rosemary and her sister Betty sang at political rallies in support of their paternal grandfather. When Rosemary was 13 the Clooney children moved to Cincinn Read more

The Three Suns - 13% match to Yma Sumac

Genres: Easy Listening Instrumental Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s
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Lila Downs - 11% match to Yma Sumac

Genres: Latin World Music
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Anna Lila Downs Sánchez, 19 September 1968, Tlaxiaco, Oaxaca, Mexico. Downs’ musical heritage is rich and diverse; her father is of Anglo-Scottish ancestry and has taught art, her mother is Mexican-Mixtec and has worked as a cabaret singer. Raised first in Mexico, then California and Minnesota, she lived in two cultures following her parents’ divorce. She sa Read more


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