Today’s Google doodle honors Yma Sumac, a Peruvian soprano born on this date in 1922. Recognized for her five-octave vocal range, Sumac became known by audiences around the world as the Peruvian Songbird.
After appearing on an Argentine radio station in 1942, Sumac moved to the US and was signed by Capitol Records in 1950. She went on to become a world famous singer, performing in well-known venues like Carnegie Hall, the Hollywood Bowl and the Royal Albert Hall.
As a teenager, Yma’s audience became very real when she was invited to sing on an Argentine radio station. After that moment, her astonishing five-octave vocal range captivated audiences in South America and beyond.
Today’s doodle honoring Sumac leads to a search for “Yma Sumac” and is being displayed on Google’s US home page, along with its international home pages in Peru, Columbia, Ecuador, Argentina, Bolivia and Paraguay.