Yma, born Zoila Augusta Emperatriz Chávarri del Castillo, was born in the early 20s, although there's some debate over exactly where, and whether she was born on 13 September 1922 or three days earlier in 1923. First appearing on the radio in 1942.
Yma signed to Capitol Records in 1950, touring Europe and Africa two years later. Sumac worked across genres including exotica, mambo lounge and -- later -- rock. Her vocal range was just as broad, hitting notes across a whopping five octaves. Sumac died in 2008 in Los Angeles, California.