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Eydie Gorme

Eydie Gorme died August 10, 2013 after a brief illness in Law Vegas, Nevada. Her big hit was Blame it on the Bossa Nova in 1963. She sang many of the standards and was friends of other musicians such as Frank Sinatra. She earned Grammy and Emmy awards. She is a cousin of singer-songwriter Neil Sedaka.
She was born in the Bronx, New York on August 16, 1928 to Fortuna and Nessim Garmezano Shephardic Jewish immigrants as her father was from Sicily and her mother from Turkey.
She first worked with Tex Beneke’s band in the 1950’s and her big break came in 1953 when she was to appear with her future husband Steve Lawrence on the original Tonight Show hosted by Steve Allen.
She and Lawrence were married in Las Vegas in 1957 and they had two sons, David a composer and Michael who died in 1986 from an undiagnosed heart condition at age 23. Frank Sinatra sent his private plane to pick them up to be with David. After the death of Michael they took a year off work.
Their light banter on stage made them very popular among their audiences. She won a Grammy in 1967 for her version of “If he Walked Into My Life” from Mame. She also had another popular song in 1966 “What Did I Have That I Don’t Have” from On a Clear Day You Can See Forever. She also did crossover with Latin music with Trio Los Panchos.
In the early 60's she was on a talk show and told of how Steve presented her with a new car for their anniversary and took her outside to show her a new Rolls Royce with a ribbon and bow on it and jokingly said she thought the marriage would take.
In 1960 a duo with her husband billed as Steve and Eydie they won a Grammy for Best Performance by a Vocal Group for the album “We Got US”. A song from the album “I Want to Stay Here” was written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King. Their theme song was “This Could Be the Start of Something” that was a staple in their act.
Eydie retired in 2009 and her husband went on to do solo acts and she was a blogger on her website.
She is survived by her husband, son and a granddaughter.

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