Timi Yuro

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Morrissey and Siouxsie_Sioux covered Timi's song "Interlude", released in 1994. "Hurt" was rumored to have been covered before "Interlude" was released according to a Melody Maker 1993 press clipping. Link posted by GirlAfraidWillNeverLearn.
Her song "Insult To Injury" has also been mentioned by Morrissey several times as one of his favorites.
See also Under The Influence - Passions Just Like Mine / Timi Yuro. Excerpts:

In 1985's Meat Is Murder tour programme Morrissey wrote that she was his favourite singer.

Interviewed for the 1997 Brit Girls documentary, when asked why he had covered her song 'Interlude', Morrissey said "It was a very obscure song. It was a b-side and I thought she sang it really beautifully."

Her song "Smile" was played during intermission on the 2000 Oye Esteban tour.

In April 2004, Morrissey announced Yuro's death on his official website, describing her as his "favourite singer".

Timi is mentioned briefly in Autobiography:

"The self-help manual passed around to all is The Best of Timi Yuro, a long-player in a black sleeve from which the New York-Italian singer glares with petite toughness. Timi Yuro was born Timothy, and although she is not as well known as Dorothy’s beloved Shirley Bassey, Timi Yuro’s voice rattles the bannisters with little effort. I scramble from cheap record player to cheap record player."

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Rosemary Victoria Yuro (August 4, 1940 Chicago, Illinois – March 30, 2004), professionally known as Timi Yuro, was an American singer and songwriter. Sometimes called "the little girl with the big voice," she is considered to be one of the first blue-eyed soul stylists of the rock era. According to one critic, "her deep, strident, almost masculine voice, staggered delivery and the occasional sob created a compelling musical presence." Yuro possessed a contralto vocal range.


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Rosemary Victoria Yuro (August 4, 1940 – March 30, 2004), known professionally as Timi Yuro, was an American singer-songwriter. Sometimes called "the little girl with the big voice," she is considered to be one of the first blue-eyed soul stylists of the rock era. According to one critic, "her deep, strident, almost masculine voice, staggered delivery and the occasional sob created a compelling musical presence." Yuro possessed a contralto vocal range.