Lawrence with wife Eydie Gormé.
|Birth name||Sidney Liebowitz|
July 8, 1935 |
Brooklyn, New York, United States
|Genres||Big band, swing, traditional pop music|
Steve Lawrence (born July 8, 1935) is an American singer and actor, perhaps best known as a member of a duo with his wife Eydie Gormé, billed as "Steve and Eydie." The two appeared together since appearing regularly on Tonight Starring Steve Allen in the mid-1950s until Gormé's retirement.
Lawrence was born Sidney Liebowitz in Brooklyn to Jewish parents, Max, a cantor and house painter, and Anna (née Gelb). He attended Thomas Jefferson High School. Steve also attended PS 174 in the East New York section across from his house, and later went to PS 109 in the Brownsville section. PS 174 is still being used to this date.
Marriage and family
He and Gormé married on December 29, 1957 at the El Rancho Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. They had two sons, the younger of whom, Michael, died unexpectedly in 1986 of ventricular fibrillation resulting from an undiagnosed heart condition at the age of 23. Their elder son, David, composed the score for High School Musical. Eydie died on August 10, 2013.
Lawrence had success on the record charts in the late 1950s and early 1960s with such hits as "Go Away Little Girl" (U.S. #1), "Pretty Blue Eyes" (U.S. #9), "Footsteps" (U.S. #7), "Portrait of My Love" (U.S. #9), and "Party Doll" (U.S. #5). "Go Away Little Girl" sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc. However, much of his musical career has centered on nightclubs and the musical stage. He is also an actor, appearing in guest roles on television shows in every decade since the 1950s, in shows such as The Danny Kaye Show, The Judy Garland Show, The Carol Burnett Show, The Julie Andrews Hour, Night Gallery, The Flip Wilson Show, Police Story, Murder, She Wrote, Gilmore Girls, and CSI. In the fall of 1965, Lawrence was briefly the star of a variety show called The Steve Lawrence Show, "one of the last television shows in black and white on CBS."
He and Gormé appeared together in the Broadway musical Golden Rainbow, which ran from February 1968 until January 1969. Although the show was not a huge success (a summary of this experience is chronicled in unflattering detail in William Goldman's 1968 book The Season), the show contained the memorable song "I've Gotta Be Me." This song was originally sung by Lawrence at the end of the first act of the musical; Sammy Davis, Jr. would later record a version of the song that became a Top 40 hit in 1969. None less than the Chairman of the Board himself, Francis Albert Sinatra, is known to have repeatedly stated that the best male vocalist Sinatra had ever heard was Steve Lawrence.
In 1980, Lawrence was introduced to a new generation of fans with his portrayal of Maury Sline in The Blues Brothers.
In 1984, he and comic Don Rickles hosted ABC's Foul-Ups, Bleeps & Blunders.
In 1985, Steve and Eydie Gorme played Tweedledee (Gorme) and Tweedledum (Lawrence) in Steve Allen's film adaption of "Alice in Wonderland"
He played Mark McCormick's father, Sonny Daye, in two episodes of Hardcastle and McCormick. In 1999, he appeared as the much talked about, but never before seen, Morty Fine, father of Fran Fine on the final episode of The Nanny. In 2000, he co-starred in "The Yards" as Arthur Mydanick.
Lawrence received a New York Drama Critics' Circle Award and a Tony Award nomination for his performance as Sammy Glick in What Makes Sammy Run? on Broadway (1964), and two Emmy Awards, one for production for Steve & Eydie Celebrate Irving Berlin (1978).
With Gormé, he has been the recipient of two Emmies for Our Love is Here to Stay, a tribute to George and Ira Gershwin; a "Best Performance By a Vocal Duo or Group" Grammy Award for We Got Us; a Film Advisory Board's Award of Excellence and a Television Critics Circle Award for From This Moment On, a tribute to Cole Porter.
The duo also won a Las Vegas Entertainment Award for "Musical Variety Act of the Year" four times, three of them consecutively. They were honored with a lifetime achievement award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and in 1995 were the recipients of an Ella Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Singers, a non-profit organization that helps professional singers with counseling and financial assistance.
- Steve Lawrence (1953, King)
- About 'That' Girl (1956, Coral)
- Songs by Steve Lawrence (1957, Coral)
- Here's Steve Lawrence (1958, Coral)
- All About Love (1959, Coral)
- Swing Softly with Me (1959, ABC-Paramount)
- Songs Everybody Knows (1960, Coral)
- We Got Us with Eydie Gorme (1960, ABC-Paramount)
- Steve & Eydie Sing the Golden Hits with Eydie Gorme (1960, ABC-Paramount)
- The Steve Lawrence Sound (1960, United Artists)
- Steve Lawrence Goes Latin (1960, United Artists)
- Portrait of My Love (1961, United Artists)
- Our Best to You with Eydie Gorme (1961, ABC-Paramount)
- Cozy (1961, ABC-Paramount)
- It's Us Again (1962, Silvirkin shampoo)
- People Will Say We’re In Love (1962, United Artists)
- Winners! (1962, Columbia)
- Come Waltz With Me (1962, Columbia)
- Two on the Aisle with Eydie Gorme (1962, United Artists)
- Steve Lawrence Conquers Broadway (1963, United Artists)
- Swinging West (1963)
- Steve & Eydie At the Movies with Eydie Gorme (1963)
- That Holiday Feeling with Eydie Gorme (1964)
- Academy Award Losers (1964, Columbia)
- What Makes Sammy Run? (1964, Columbia)
- The Steve Lawrence Show (1965, Columbia)
- Together on Broadway with Eydie Gorme (1967, Columbia)
- Sing of Love and Sad Young Men (1967)
- Bonfá & Brazil with Eydie Gorme (1967)
- Golden Rainbow (1968)
- I've Gotta Be Me (1969)
- Real True Lovin' with Eydie Gorme (1969)
- What It Was, Was Love with Eydie Gorme (1969)
- On A Clear Day - Steve Sings Up A Storm (1970)
- A Man and a Woman with Eydie Gorme (1970)
- Portrait of Steve (1972)
- The World of Steve & Eydie with Eydie Gorme (1972)
- Feelin' with Eydie Gorme (1972, Stage 2)
- Our Love is Here to Stay: The Gershwin Years with Eydie Gorme (1976)
- Tu Seras Mi Musica (1977)
- My Way (1977)
- Take It On Home (1981)
- Hallelujah with Eydie Gorme (1984)
- Through the Years with Eydie Gorme (1984)
- Alone Together with Eydie Gorme (1989)
- Steve Lawrence Sings Sinatra (2003)
|1953||"How Many Stars Have To Shine"||26||—||—||—|
|1957||"The Banana Boat Song"||18||—||—||—|
|"(The Bad Donkey) Pum-Pa-Lum"||45||—||—||—|
|"Can't Wait For Summer"||42||—||—||—|
|1958||"Uh-Huh, Oh Yeah"||73||—||—||—|
|"Many a Time"||97||—||—||—|
|1959||"(I Don't Care) Only Love Me"||62||—||—||—|
|"Pretty Blue Eyes"||9||—||—||—|
|"Girls, Girls, Girls"||—||—||—||49|
|1961||"Portrait of My Love"||9||—||—||—|
|"My Clair De Lune"||68||13||—||—|
|"Somewhere Along the Way"||67||16||—||—|
|"The Lady Wants To Twist"||120||—||—||—|
|"Go Away Little Girl"||1||1||14||—|
|1963||"Don't Be Afraid, Little Darlin'"||26||12||—||—|
|"Poor Little Rich Girl"||27||11||—||—|
|"I Want To Stay Here"†||28||8||—||3|
|"I Can't Stop Talking About You"†||35||14||—||—|
|1964||"My Home Town"||106||—||—||—|
|"A Room Without Windows"||120||—||—||—|
|"I Will Wait For You"||113||—||—||—|
|"Last Night I Made a Little Girl Cry"||126||—||—||—|
|"Millions of Roses"||106||11||—||—|
|"The Ballad of the Sad Young Men"||—||36||—||—|
|1967||"The Honeymoon Is Over"†||—||14||—||—|
|"I've Gotta Be Me"||—||6||—||—|
|1968||"The Two of Us"#||—||33||—||—|
|1969||"Real True Lovin'"†||119||20||—||—|
|1970||"Mama, a Rainbow"||—||38||—||—|
|"(You're My) Soul & Inspiration"†||—||21||—||—|
|1971||"Love is Blue/Autumn Leaves"†||—||37||—||—|
|1972||"Ain't No Sunshine/You Are My Sunshine"||—||24||—||—|
|"We Can Make It Together (featuring the Osmonds)"†||68||7||—||—|
|"The End (At the End of a Rainbow)"||—||46||—||—|
|1975||"Now That We're In Love"||—||16||—||—|
† Steve & Eydie (Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme)
‡ Parker & Penny (Steve & Eydie)
- Biography from Las Vegas Online
- 2003 Interview with Larry King, from a CNN website (web archive from Wayback Machine)
- A Treasure You May Be Overlooking
- Steve Lawrence profile at Film Reference.com
- "Singer Eydie Gorme dies at 84". CBS News. Retrieved 11 August 2013.
- Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 147. ISBN 0-214-20512-6.
- Steve Lawrence at the Internet Movie Database
- William Goldman, The Season: A Candid Look at Broadway, New York: Harcourt, Brace and World, 1969. p. 310. ("Harnick shook his head sadly and said, 'The trouble with washing garbage is that when you're done, it's still garbage.' This was the story of Golden Rainbow, as we shall see.")
- AllMusic.com, "I've Gotta Be Me." (Davis' version peaked at number 24.)
- Official website of Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gormé
- Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 314. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
- Steve Lawrence at the Internet Movie Database
- Steve Lawrence at the Internet Broadway Database
- Radio interview with Steve Lawrence "Big Band Files w/Doug Miles" WSLR
- http://www.45cat.com/artist/steve-lawrence/all Steve Lawrence 45rpm catalogue