Singer Eydie Gorme Dies at 84
Steve and Eydie singer's career spanned half a century
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 11, 2013 6:31 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Eydie Gorme, the fairer half of the Steve and Eydie husband-wife nightclub act whose career spanned half a century, died yesterday in Las Vegas of an undisclosed "brief illness," reports People. She was 84. Calling his loss "unimaginable," husband Steve Lawrence said in a statement that "the world has lost one of the greatest pop vocalists of all time. Eydie has been my partner on stage and in life for more than 55 years. I fell in love with her the moment I saw her and even more the first time I heard her sing."

The couple, who wed in 1957, were a favorite of the Ed Sullivan Show and the Tonight Show, as well as a staple on stages from New York to Vegas. Gorme, the daughter of Sephardic Jews with a flair for languages, went on to some Spanish-language success on her own, notes the LA Times. A solo number, "Blame It on the Bossa Nova," hit the Billboard charts in 1963. She retired in 2009, at which time Lawrence remarked how strange it was to perform solo, calling it "the first time in 50 years I'll be able to finish a sentence without being interrupted."

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sandrae
Aug 13, 2013 12:13 AM CDT
Eydie…such a cutie. I was in my formative years when I used to watch Steve and Eydie on Ed Sullivan’s variety show. I studied them well. I mean I looked them over from head to toe, including their body language. They both had natural voices and both always seemed so in love with one another. I noticed they even looked alike. I had heard by that time that some couples have such a strong love that they begin to resemble each other. I think they might have been two people who encouraged me to fall in love with love! (That's over now; I have had my fill.)
DavidHoernle
Aug 11, 2013 6:57 PM CDT
Rest In Peace Eydie. Our thoughts and prayers go out to your family and friends. GOD BLESS,
Corsica
Aug 11, 2013 2:22 PM CDT
One of the greats from a Golden Age. Rest in peace dear lady. Condolences to Mr. Lawrence.