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Eydie Gormé (also spelled as Eydie Gorme[1]; born August 16, 1931) is a Jewish American singer, specializing, with her husband, Steve Lawrence, in traditional pop music, in the form of ballads and breezy swing. She has earned numerous awards, including the Grammy and the Emmy. The couple are still active professionally (as of 2009).

Early years

Gormé was born as Edith Gormezano in The Bronx, New York, the daughter of Fortuna and Nissim (or Nessim) Gormezano, a tailor.[2] Her parents were Sephardic Jewish immigrants, her father from Sicily and her mother from Turkey.[3][4] She graduated from William Howard Taft High School in 1946 (film director Stanley Kubrick attended the school at the same time), and worked for the United Nations as an interpreter, using her fluency in the Ladino and Spanish.

She made her recording debut in 1950 with the Tommy Tucker Orchestra and Don Brown. She made a second recording which featured Dick Noel. MGM issued these two recordings on 78rpm vinyl.

Early releases

Powder And Paint

Original Issue: On 78 rpm vinyl only on MGM 10758

Cherry Stones

Original Issue: On 78 rpm vinyl only on MGM 10767

Big Band Years

She first worked in Tex Beneke's band. In 1951 she made several radio recordings that have been re-issued on vinyl LP and recently on CD, in 1952 Gormé went on to record solo and her first recordings were issued on the Coral label.

Tonight Show start

Gormé caught both her big break and her life partner when she and singer Steve Lawrence were booked to the original The Tonight Show, then hosted by Steve Allen.

Marriage

Gormé and Steve Lawrence were married in Las Vegas on December 29, 1957. They became famous on stage for their banter, which usually involved tart yet affectionate and sometimes bawdy references to their married life, which remained a feature of their live act. In 1995 Gormé and Lawrence were honored for their lifetime contribution to music by the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Solo/duo

Gormé enjoyed a few hit singles on her own, none selling bigger than 1963's "Blame it on the Bossa Nova", which was also her final foray into the Top 40 pop charts. In the UK "Yes my Darling Daughter" reached No. 5. She won a Grammy Award for Best Female Vocal Performance in 1967, for her version of "If He Walked Into My Life", from the musical Mame. The latter made No. 5 on the Billboard magazine Easy Listening chart in 1966, despite failing to make the Billboard Hot 100. Indeed, most of Gormé's singles chart success from 1963 onward was on the Easy Listening/Adult Contemporary side, where she charted 27 singles (both solo and with her husband) from 1963 to 1979 (of which "If He Walked Into My Life" was the most successful). As a soloist, her other biggest hits during that period included "What Did I Have That I Don't Have?" from On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (No. 17 Easy Listening, 1966) and "Tonight I'll Say a Prayer" (No. 45 Pop and No. 8 Easy Listening, 1969, also her last Hot 100 entry as a solo artist).

She gained crossover success in the Latin music market through a series of albums she made in Spanish with the famed Trio Los Panchos. In 1964, the two acts joined forces for a collection of Spanish-language standards called Amor. "Sabor a Mí" became closely identified with Gormé and emerged as one of her signature tunes. The disc was later reissued as "Canta en Español". In 1965, a sequel appeared called More Amor (later reissued as "Cuatro Vidas"). Her last album with Los Panchos was a 1966 Christmas collection, "Navidad Means Christmas", later reissued as "Blanca Navidad". Gormé also recorded other Spanish albums in her career, including the Grammy-nominated La Gormé (1976), a contemporary outing. The 1977 release Muy Amigos/Close Friends, a duet collection with Puerto Rican singer Danny Rivera, also received a Grammy nomination.

As a duo with her husband, the act was billed as Steve and Eydie. In 1960, Steve and Eydie were awarded the Grammy Award for Best Performance by a Vocal Group for the album, "We Got Us". Their biggest hit single as a duo, "I Want to Stay Here", was written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King and reached No. 28 in 1963. Under the pseudonym Parker and Penny, Gormé and Lawrence achieved their last chart single (No. 46 on the Adult Contemporary chart) with a cover of the 1979 Eurovision song contest winner, "Hallelujah". The song most closely identified with the duo, the Steve Allen composition "This Could Be the Start of Something", never reached the charts, though it remains a staple in their live act.

Eydie Gormé and Steve Lawrence have appeared on TV, including The Carol Burnett Show and The Nanny. She and Lawrence appeared together on Broadway in the short-lived musical, Golden Rainbow. Since the 1970s, the couple has focused strictly on the American pop repertoire, recording several albums themed around individual American pop composers. As the 21st Century arrived, the couple announced their plans to cut back on their touring, launching a "One More For The Road" tour in 2002. In 2006, Gormé became a blogger, posting occasional messages on her official website.

In November 2009 Steve Lawrence embarked on a musical tour without Eydie, who stayed home for health reasons.[5]

Children

Gormé and Lawrence had two sons, David Nessim Lawrence, who is a composer, and Michael, who died suddenly from ventricular fibrillation resulting from an undiagnosed heart condition in 1986, at the age of 23.[6] Michael was a seeded tennis player at Cal State Northridge at the time of his death and was apparently healthy despite a previous diagnosis of slight arrhythmia.

Gormé and Lawrence were in Atlanta, Georgia at the time of his death, having performed at the Fox Theater the night before. Upon learning of the tragedy, Frank Sinatra, a friend, sent his private plane to pick up the couple so that they could fly to New York to meet their other son, David, who was attending school at the time. Following their son's death, the couple took a year off before touring again.

Discography - albums

  • 1951 Tex Beneke & The Glenn Miller Orchestra (Radio transmission recordings: features Gormé on vocals)
  • 1956 Delight
  • 1957 Eydie Gormé
  • 1957 Eydie Swings the Blues
  • 1958 Eydie Gormé Vamps the Roaring 20's
  • 1958 Eydie in Love
  • 1958 Gormé Sings Showstoppers
  • 1958 Love is a Season
  • 1959 Eydie Gormé On Stage
  • 1959 Eydie in Dixieland
  • 1960 We Got Us (with Steve Lawrence)
  • 1960 Sing The Golden Hits (with Steve Lawrence)
  • 1961 Come Sing with Me
  • 1961 I Feel So Spanish
  • 1962 Two On The Aisle (with Steve Lawrence)
  • 1962 It's Us Again (with Steve Lawrence)
  • 1963 Blame It on the Bossa Nova
  • 1963 Let the Good Times Roll'
  • 1963 Steve & Eydie At The Movies (with Steve Lawrence)
  • 1964 Gormé Country Style
  • 1964 That Holiday Feeling (with Steve Lawrence)
  • 1964 Amor (with Trio Los Panchos)
  • 1965 Eydie Gormé sings Great Songs from The Sound of Music And Other Broadway Hits
  • 1965 More Amor (with Trio Los Panchos)
  • 1966 Don't Go to Strangers
  • 1966 If He Walked Into My Life
  • 1966 Navidad Means Christmas (with Trio Los Panchos)
  • 1967 Bonfá & Brazil (with Luis Bonfá and Steve Lawrence)
  • 1967 Softly, As I Leave You
  • 1968 The Look of Love
  • 1968 Eydie
  • 1969 Otra Vez
  • 1970 Tonight I'll Say a Prayer
  • 1970 Canta en Español (with Trio Los Panchos)
  • 1970 Cuatro Vidas (with Trio Los Panchos)
  • 1971 It Was a Good Time
  • 1976 La Gormé
  • 1977 Muy Amigos/Close Friends (with Danny Rivera)
  • 1981 Since I Fell for You
  • 1982 Tomame O Dejame
  • 1988 De Corazon A Corazon
  • 1992 Eso Es El Amor
  • 1996 Silver Screen

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