Birds / Najala's Lament (78 RPM WHITE-LABEL DJ SINGLE): Sumac, Yma

Birds / Najala's Lament (78 RPM WHITE-LABEL DJ SINGLE)

Sumac, Yma

Published by Capitol Records, Hollywood, California, 1951
Condition: Very Good No Binding
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Not a book but a 10-inch, 78 rpm "single" record, Capitol 7-1819, white label "For Demonstration Purposes Only," Yma Sumac (Zoila Augusta Emperatriz Chávarri del Castillo, 1922-2008) performing Moises Vivanco's "Birds" and "Najala's Lament" . . . "Vocal with Orchestra." Condition of the vinyl (we think it's vinyl, rather than shellac, at this vintage of about 1951) is "very good" but no better, with numerous light scratches visible, though none deep enough to be felt. No cardboard jacket; it's in an after-market white paper sleeve. The smaller (7-inch), 45 rpm version of this release is reasonably common; this 78 rpm version is not, and we've never seen another white-label disc jockey "Demo." As packaged by her husband and guitarist, Sr. Vivanco, the Inca princess with her unique four-octave range was surely the queen of 1950s Exotica. In 1946 the government of Peru formally supported her claim to be descended from Atahualpa, the last emperor of the Inca. She adopted the stage name Imma Sumack (also spelled Ymma Sumack and Ima Sumack) before she left South America for the United States. The stage name was based on her mother's name, which was derived from Ima Shumaq, Quechua for "how beautiful!" -- though in interviews the songstress reported it meant "beautiful flower" or "beautiful girl." Which means that rumors she was actually a Brooklyn waitress named "Amy Camus" were mean-spirited at best. Here reduced from $45. Bookseller Inventory # 004737

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Title: Birds / Najala's Lament (78 RPM WHITE-LABEL ...

Publisher: Capitol Records, Hollywood, California

Publication Date: 1951

Binding: No Binding

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Edition: 1st Edition

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