Was "Timi" born as "Rosemarie Timotea Aurro"?
I received an e-mail from a Timi Yuro Family member(and I am glad she e-mailed me - since my site does ask to contact us when something on the site needs to be corrected)
This is the e-mail:
What makes you so certain that "Timi" was born "Rosemarie Timotea Aurro"?
I married her cousin. I knew her personally. The family called her Ro, short for Rosemary. As a matter of fact she was thrilled when I named our daughter Rosemary. No one, I repeat no one in the family
ever heard of "Aurro" or "Timotea", except when her manager made up that story.
Diane A. Yuro
And my anwer by e-mail was:
In anyone's life nothing is ever certain, if you ask me....
But to come back on your issue; "Timi" was born "Rosemarie Timotea Aurro"?
This is what Timi mentioned herself many times in interviews - also in Holland in the 80's.
Timi Yuro (Rosemarie Timotea Aurro) was born on August 4, 1940 in Chicago, Illinois.
Her Italian grandparents spoke no English when they came to the USA.
The immigration officer registered their family name as I "Yuro", as he could not understand the Italian pronunciation of "Aurro".
But if you claim this is all made up by her manager, I would love to hear more about this, Diane.
Even with the Record label RPM Cd Timi Yuro Soul - Timi colaberated with this project herself , it also mentions Rosemarie Timotea Aurro
This means that Worldwide on all published books, magazines, interviews, all over the internet with Bio's like Billboard, Joe Page and many other sites ...this is not true about "Aurro" or "Timotea". This is interesting, Diane.
I added this following information here on 24 November 2008:
When Timi and I had to go to Germany in 1982 for the 1st time (and last) to do the Television show (to promote the album "All Alone Am I - for the German Polydor label) I had to xerox Timi's ID for the record company label Dureco who arranged this flight for us and I still have this...
There it mentions on her ID: Rosemary Timi Yuro Selnick
And even in the very last interview "In the basement" this is again mentioned three weeks before Timi passed away.
I asked Kathleen Richardson - author for the upcoming new Timi Yuro biography book "The Original White Soul Diva - The Life and music of Timi Yuro - about this issue and she confirmed the following by e-mail:
She is absolutely correct: Timi was born Rosemary Timothy Yuro. The original last name was most likely Iuro as that was what was on Frank Iuro’s draft registration card in 1917. The ‘I’ eventually changed into a ‘Y’ – it definitely did not occur at Ellis Island.
For example: There was a famous gangster by the name of Frankie Yale – his real name was Francesco Ioele. As for the ‘Timotea’ – that is just the Italian spelling for Timothy.
She probably picked that up in 1965 when she went to San Remo. She was named Timothy by her uncle/godfather – who was Northern Irish. A Northern Irishman would never, ever ask for his godchild to be named Timotea.
In addition, immigrants to the US at the turn of the century almost always gave their children English names in order to make assimilation easier. It has only become vogue in more recent generations to give children ethnic sounding names.
Hope this clarifies the question for everybody..