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Eydie Gormé, Blame It On the Bossa Nova Singer, Half Of Steve And Eydie, Dies In Las Vegas

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Eydie Gormé , Emmy- and Grammy-winning singer, died this weekend in Las Vegas at the age of 84.

She has been a pop music staple since the 1950s, performing with husband Steve Lawrence in Las Vegas, the Catskills, and on The Ed Sullivan Show, as well as solo, releasing the hit Blame It On the Bossa Nova in 1963.

Eydie was born Edith Gormezano in The Bronx to a Sicilian father and Turkish mother. She worked as a translator with the United Nations after high school, and then joined Tex Beneke's Big Band’s tour for a year.

She met Steve when the two were regulars on Steve Allen’s The Tonight Show. They married in 1957. The couple has two sons, one of whom died unexpectedly in the 1980s of an undiagnosed heart condition at 23.

Says Steve of his wife:

"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."

Eydie retired from the stage in 2009, but maintained her role in the Steve and Edie duo as the blogger for their website.

We LOVE that Eydie remained so active with her fans all these years, and her 55-year marriage to Steve is proof that show business can’t break true love, no matter what.

Our thoughts are with you, Steve. We wish your family the best at this difficult time.

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5 comments to “Eydie Gormé, Blame It On the Bossa Nova Singer, Half Of Steve And Eydie, Dies In Las Vegas”

  1. mr pete says – reply to this


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    RIP dear lady
    She lived to 84, had a good life, loving family, friends, and fans
    so not a bad roll of the dice



  2. 2

    A tremendous singer! She will be missed.



  3. 3

    Always LOVED her! And I also loved the "old fashioned" marriage, that produced two children, and lasted decades!



  4. 4

    She was a great singer, and will be missed. Always sorry I never got to see her in Vegas.

  5. stacy strauss says – reply to this


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    My heart and prayers go out to you at this time. Altho words are inadequate, I wanted you to know my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Stacy Strauss - former secy to Judy Tannen many, many years ago