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Les Baxter - 100% match to Yma Sumac

Genres: Easy Listening Jazz New Age 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 - 99% match to Yma Sumac

Genres: Easy Listening Pop / Rock
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 - 70% 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

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Esquivel - 69% 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

Xavier Cugat - 51% 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

Carmen Miranda - 46% match to Yma Sumac

Genres: Comedy Heavy Metal Soundtracks Vocals
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Maria do Carmo Miranda da Cunha, 9 February 1909, near Lisbon, Portugal, d. 5 August 1955, California, USA. A flamboyant singer, dancer and actress with an animated style and a penchant for exotic, colourful costumes, 10 inch-heeled shoes, and turbans decorated with significant amounts of artificial fruit. She was raised in Rio de Janeiro and began her career there on local Read more

Piero Umiliani - 39% match to Yma Sumac

Genres: Jazz Pop / Rock Soundtracks World Music
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Billy May - 29% match to Yma Sumac

Genres: Big Band & Swing Easy Listening Jazz Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Edward William May, 10 November 1916, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, d. 22 January 2004, San Juan Capistrano, California, USA. Although May is best known to international audiences for his arranging and conducting work with Frank Sinatra in the late 50s, he had already been a professional musician for nearly 20 years prior to his first session with Hoboken’s favourite s Read more

Nelson Riddle - 24% match to Yma Sumac

Genres: Big Band & Swing Easy Listening Jazz Soundtracks Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Nelson Smock Riddle, 1 June 1921, Oradell, New Jersey, USA, d. 6 October 1985, Los Angeles, California, USA. After studying piano, Riddle took up the trombone when in his early teens, and in the late 30s played in a number of big bands, including those led by Jerry Wald, Charlie Spivak, Tommy Dorsey and Bob Crosby. After a stint in the army, he settled in California and stud Read more

Raymond Scott - 23% match to Yma Sumac

Genres: Comedy Easy Listening Electronic & Ambient Jazz Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Harry Warnow, 10 September 1908, Brooklyn, New York, USA, d. 8 February 1994, North Hills, California, USA. After extensive studies, Scott became popular on radio as pianist, composer and leader of a small band. Playing mostly dance music and popular songs of the day, plus a smattering of novelty numbers, many of which were his own compositions, his radio exposure had made h Read more

Al Caiola - 20% match to Yma Sumac

Genres: Easy Listening Jazz Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1990s 2000s
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Alexander Emil Caiola, 7 September 1920, Jersey City, New Jersey, USA. A highly respected studio guitarist, Caiola played with many renowned musical directors such as Percy Faith, Hugo Winterhalter and André Kostelanetz. After serving as musical arranger and conductor for United Artists Records, Caiola released several singles on RCA Records during the 50s, including Read more

Piero Piccioni - 16% match to Yma Sumac

Genres: Pop / Rock Soundtracks
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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6 December 1921, Turin, Italy, d. 23 July 2004, Rome, Italy. Also known as Peter Piccioni and Piero Morgan. Piccioni studied law in Florence but was more interested in music. He first played piano professionally in the late 30s and over the next few years played in a jazz band. In the post-war years, using the name Piero Morgan, he led an orchestra on radio from Rome. Soon, Read more

Marlene Dietrich - 15% match to Yma Sumac

Genres: Soundtracks Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Maria Magdalene Dietrich, 27 December 1901, Berlin, Germany, d. 6 May 1992, Paris, France. Dietrich’s heavily accented, half-spoken vocal style made her a femme fatale for nearly half a century. She studied acting with director Max Reinhardt, appearing in Germany on stage and in films during the 20s. Her first major role was in Der Blaue Engel (The Blue Angel), in which Read more

Eartha Kitt - 13% match to Yma Sumac

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Jazz Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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17 January 1927, Columbia, South Carolina, USA. The daughter of a white dirt farmer and a black Cherokee mother, Kitt was born in the cotton fields of South Carolina. After being given away by her mother she was raised in Harlem, where after a period of struggle she ended up attending the High School for Performing Arts. She later joined Katherine Dunham’s famed dancing Read more

Laurindo Almeida - 13% match to Yma Sumac

Genres: Jazz Latin
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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