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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:

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