Singer and television star Eydie Gorme has died at the age of 84 of an undisclosed illness believed to be cancer.
Eydie and her husband Steve Lawrence were household names in the USA through the 60s and 70s.
Eydie first made the music charts in 1963 with ‘Blame It On The Bossa Nova’. It sold over 1 million copies in America. In 1967 she won the Grammy Award for ‘Best Female Vocalist’ for the song ‘If He Walked Into My Life’ from Mame.
Together Steve and Eydie won a Grammy in 1960 for Best Performance by a Vocal Group for ‘We Got Us’. He also had a major hit with ‘Go Away Little Girl’ in 1963.
Steve and Eydie married in Las Vegas in 1957. In 1995 they were honoured in the Songwriter Hall of Fame. They made 13 appearances on the Carol Burnett Show and once guest starred on The Nanny as themselves.
Eydie was born Edith Garmezano in The Bronx, New York in 1928. She is survived by her husband Steve Lawrence and son David.
Steve Lawrence issued a statement through his publicist. In announcing the death of his wife of 55 years he said, “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. While my personal loss is unimaginable, the world has lost one of the greatest pop vocalists of all time.”
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