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Singer Eydie Gormé Dead at 84

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Eydie Gorme, a popular singer as a soloist and as part of a team with her husband, Steve Lawrence, died Saturday at a Las Vegas hospital after a brief illness, her publicist, Howard Bragman, said.

Gormé was born as Edith Garmezano in The Bronx, New York, in 1928, the daughter of Fortuna and Nessim Garmezano. Her father was a tailor. She is a cousin of singer/songwriter Neil Sedaka. Her parents were Sephardic Jewish immigrants, her father from Sicily and her mother from Turkey. Gormé grew up speaking English and Spanish.

In 1964, when she and her husband were at the height of their career, Columbia Records president Goddard Lieberson encouraged her to record in Spanish, too. The result was “Amor,” which became a hit in Latin America.

Gormé had several hit singles, the biggest of which was her 1963 release, “Blame It on the Bossa Nova.” It sold more than one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc. She won a Grammy Award for Best Female Vocal Performance in 1967, for her version of “If He Walked Into My Life”, from Mame.

Lawrence and the couple’s son David were by Gorme’s side when she died, according to Bragman.

“Eydie has been my partner on stage and in life for more than 55 years,” Lawrence said in a statement. “I fell in love with her the moment I saw her and even more the first time I heard her sing. While my personal loss is unimaginable, the world has lost one of the greatest pop vocalists of all time.”

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14 Responses to “Singer Eydie Gormé Dead at 84”

  1. Sarah Rosenblum says:

    Such a beautiful couple! I had a couple of their records from the 60's!

  2. Paul Palnik says:

    Growing up… every time they appeared on television my mom would say proudly to my brother and I. "they are Jewish yuh know".

  3. I am so sad – she was such a lovely lady and her voice was beautiful. She and Steve were an amazingly talented duo. We'll sure miss you.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Steve and Edie deserve a medal for their life long partnership. I admired and loved them both. I share in her family's sorrow. Steve, you were sent a special gift from G'd, you are a lucky man. The memories will be with you forever.

  5. Shelley Squires says:

    This makes me very sad.

  6. Sarah Rosenblum says:

    :(

  7. Martha Shaftel says:

    they together were regular 'visitors' at my house growing up – baruch dayan emmet

  8. Nancy Leighton Robinson says:

    Me too. Makes me feel old!

  9. Doris Jaffe says:

    Baruch Dayan Emes. She was a beautiful person inside and out – not only a talented lady, but a true mensch. May she RIP.

  10. Eileen Yaffa Neu says:

    RIP BDE

  11. Suzanne Levin says:

    nothing like listening to Steve and Eydie! Those days are long gone!

  12. Neil Katz says:

    From the Catskills to Las Vegas. From the stage to the screen. She was a great American and a shining, Sephardic star.

  13. you can still hear them on the internet.

  14. R.I.P. I am trully sad for your loss, I always enjoyed both of you, G-D Bless you and your family Mr. Lawrence

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