Eydie Gormé

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Eydie Gormé
Eydie Gorme.jpg
Eydie Gormé in 1962
Background information
Birth nameEdith Garmezano[1]
Born(1928-08-16)August 16, 1928[2]
Bronx, New York, U.S.
DiedAugust 10, 2013(2013-08-10) (aged 84)
Las Vegas, Nevada
GenresPop, traditional pop, Latin pop, swing, bolero
Occupation(s)Singer
Years active1950–2009
LabelsCoral, ABC-Paramount, United Artists, Columbia, RCA Victor, MGM
Associated actsSteve and Eydie
Websitesteveandeydie.com

Eydie Gormé (born Edith Garmezano; August 16, 1928 – August 10, 2013) was an American singer who had hits on the pop and Latin pop charts. She sang solo and with her husband, Steve Lawrence, on albums, television, Broadway, and in Las Vegas.

Early years[edit]

Gormé was born in the Bronx to Sephardic Jewish parents. Her father was born in Sicily, her mother in Turkey. They spoke several languages at home, including Ladino, which is rooted in Spanish. After graduating from William Howard Taft High School, which she attended with Stanley Kubrick, Gormé found a job as a translator. At night she studied at City College.[3] On weekends she sang in a band led by Ken Greengrass.[4]

Career[edit]

She appeared on the radio program Cita Con Eydie (An Appointment with Eydie), changing her name from "Edith" to "Edie" and then "Eydie" because people mispronounced "Edie". She considered changing her last name, but her mother told her, "'It's bad enough that you're in show business. How will the neighbors know if you're ever a success?'"[5]

Gormé sang with the Tommy Tucker band for two months in 1950, followed by a year with Tex Beneke's band. She signed as a solo act with Coral Records in 1952 and released her first single, "That Night of Heaven". She was hired by The Tonight Show in its early days with Steve Allen and formed a duo with another one of its staff singers, Steve Lawrence.[6][7] As The Tonight Show was beginning to broadcast across the country in 1954, the duo released their first single, "Make Yourself Comfortable/I've Gotta Crow".[6]

Gormé had her first chart hit, "Too Close for Comfort", in 1956 after moving from Coral to ABC-Paramount Records. Two more hits followed. "Mama, Teach Me to Dance" and "Love Me Forever" reached the Top 40 singles chart while her albums Eydie Gorme and Eydie Swings the Blues reached the Top 20 albums chart. In 1957 Gormé and Lawrence were married, and several months later they hosted Steve Allen Presents the Steve Lawrence-Eydie Gormé Show after Allen retired from The Tonight Show. Three more singles by Gormé and two more albums became chart hits. In 1960 they sang in clubs and released We Got Us, their first album as a duo. They received a Grammy Award for Best Performance by a Vocal Group for the title track from the album. Gormé recorded "Yes My Darling Daughter" for Columbia Records, and it reached the Top Ten in the UK.[6][8] In 1963, she reached the Top Ten in the U.S. with "Blame It on the Bossa Nova". The song earned her a Grammy Award nomination for Best Female Vocal Performance[6] and was certified gold after selling one million copies.[9] The album Blame It on the Bossa Nova entered the Top 40 with four more hit singles during the same year. Two were recorded as the duo Steve & Eydie. She recorded the Spanish albums Amor and More Amor with the Trio Los Panchos. Then she turned to show tunes. "If He Walked Into My Life" was an Easy Listening hit in 1966 and earned her a Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.[6]

Steve and Eydie moved on to Broadway, starring in the musical Golden Rainbow based on the play A Hole in the Head. "How Could I Be So Wrong" by Gormé, which was performed in the musical, was a hit on the Easy Listening chart. The musical had a successful one year run. Steve and Eydie signed to RCA Victor and released a pair of albums while Gormé had another hit with the title track and album Tonight I'll Say a Prayer in 1970. Their last hit on the pop chart was the song "We Can Make It Together" with the Osmonds in 1973.

Gormé was successful in the Latin music market and internationally through albums she recorded in Spanish with the Trio Los Panchos. Her first recording with Los Panchos came about after the popular group from Mexico, composed of Alfredo Gil, Chucho Navarro, and Johnny Albino, saw her perform at Manhattan's Club Copacabana late in 1963. Gormé had achieved international fame from the song "Blame it on Bossa Nova", which sold 250,000 copies in Spanish in addition to sales in English. Los Panchos were the top bolero singers in Latin America, so when they suggested a recording Columbia agreed.[10]

In 1964, Columbia released the album Amor, which spent 22 weeks on the charts. The song "Sabor a Mí" became one of Gormé's signature tunes. In 1965, a sequel appeared called More Amor, later reissued as Cuatro Vidas. Her last album with Los Panchos was Navidad Means Christmas (1966), later reissued as Blanca Navidad. She recorded other Spanish albums in her career, including the Grammy-nominated La Gormé (1976).[6] Muy Amigos/Close Friends (1977), a duet collection with Puerto Rican singer Danny Rivera, also received a Grammy nomination.[11]

Steve and Eydie performed a tribute to George Gershwin on a their television special Our Love Is Here to Stay, which won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety Music or Comedy Special. Two years later they sang on Steve and Eydie Celebrate Irving Berlin and again won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety Music or Comedy Special. In 1989 they started the record label GL Music. They sang with Frank Sinatra on his seventieth-birthday tour and on his album Duets II (1994). They recorded a cover version of the song "Black Hole Sun" by the rock band Soundgarden for the album Lounge-A-Palooza (1997).[6]

As the twenty-first century arrived, the couple announced plans to reduce their touring, starting a One More for the Road Tour in 2002. In 2006, Gormé became a blogger. In November 2009, after his wife retired, Lawrence embarked on a solo music tour.[12]

Children[edit]

Gormé and Lawrence had two sons. David Nessim Lawrence (b. 1960) is an ASCAP Award-winning composer who composed the score for High School Musical. Michael Robert Lawrence (1962-1986) died at the age of 23 of ventricular fibrillation from an undiagnosed heart condition.[13]

Gormé and Lawrence were in Atlanta, Georgia, at the time of Michael Lawrence's death, having performed at the Fox Theater the night before. Frank Sinatra, a family friend, sent his private plane to fly the couple to New York to meet David Lawrence, who was attending school. After their son's death, Gormé and Lawrence suspended touring for a year.[13]

Death[edit]

Gormé died on August 10, 2013, six days before her 85th birthday, at Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center in Las Vegas after a brief, undisclosed illness.[14] She was interred at Hillside Memorial Park in Los Angeles, California.[15]

Lawrence issued a statement: "Eydie has been my partner on stage and in my 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."[5]

Awards and honors[edit]

  • Grammy Award for Best Performance by a Vocal Group, We Got Us with Steve Lawrence, 1960
  • Grammy Award for Best Female Vocal Performance, "If He Walked Into My Life", 1966[16]
  • Society of Singers Lifetime Achievement Award, 1995[17]
  • Inducted with Steve Lawrence into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, winning the Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award, 1995[18]
  • Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety Music or Comedy Special, Our Love Is Here to Stay with Steve Lawrence, 1976[6]
  • Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety Music or Comedy Special, Steve and Eydie Celebrate Irving Berlin with Steve Lawrence, 1979

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Single (A-side, B-side)
Both sides from same album except where indicated
Chart positions Album
US CB US
AC
US
R&B
US Country UK[8]
1953 "I Danced with My Darling"
b/w "I'd Be Forgotten" (from Eydie Gorme's Delight)
Non-album track
"Frenesi"
b/w "All Night Long" (Non-album track)
44 Eydie Gorme's Delight
1954 "Fini"
b/w "Gimme Gimme John" (Non-album track)
19 39
1955 "Sincerely Yours"
b/w "Come Home"
Non-album tracks
1956 "Too Close for Comfort"
b/w "That's How" (Non-album track)
39 44 Eydie Gorme
"Mama, Teach Me to Dance"
b/w "You Bring Out the Lover in Me"
34 31 Non-album tracks
"Soda Pop Hop"
b/w "I've Got a Right to Cry"
"I'll Come Back"
b/w "It's a Pity to Say Goodnight"
"Climb Up the Wall"
b/w "Uska Dara"
1957 "Be Careful, It's My Heart"
b/w "Easter Parade" (from Love Is a Season)
Eydie Gorme
"I'll Take Romance"
b/w "First Impression"
65
"Your Kisses Kill Me"
b/w "Kiss in Your Eyes"
53 Non-album tracks
"When Your Lover Has Gone"
b/w "Until They Sail" (Non-album track)
Eydie Swings the Blues
"Love Me Forever"
b/w "Let Me Be Loved"
24 29 21 Non-album tracks
1958 "You Need Hands"
b/w "Dormi-Dormi-Dormi"
11 21
"Gotta Have Rain"
b/w "To You, From Me" (from Our Best to You)
63 43
"The Voice in My Heart"
b/w "Separate Tables"
88 68
"Who's Sorry Now?"
b/w "Toot Toot Tootsie, Goodbye"
Eydie Gorme Vamps The Roaring 20's
1959 "I'm Yours"
b/w "Don't Take Your Love from Me" (Non-album track)
Our Best to You
"Taking a Chance on Love"
b/w "The Years Between"
Non-album tracks
1960 "The Dance Is Over"
b/w "Too Young to Know"
"Be Sure My Love"
b/w "I Will Follow You"
Our Best To You
"I Love to Dance (But Never on Sunday)"
b/w "Let Me Be the First to Wish You Merry Christmas"
Non-album tracks
1961 "Yours Tonight"
b/w "What Happened to Our Love"
1962 "Yes, My Darling Daughter"
b/w "Sonny Boy"
10
"Before Your Time"
b/w "Where Is Love"
"Fly Me to the Moon (In Other Words)"
b/w "I'm Yours"
1963 "Blame It on the Bossa Nova"
b/w "Guess I Should Have Loved Him More" (from Softly, As I Leave You)
7 6 16 32 Blame It on the Bossa Nova
"Don't Try to Fight It, Baby"
b/w "Theme from 'Light Fantastic' (My Secret World)"
53 57 18 Non-album tracks
"Everybody Go Home"
b/w "The Message"
80 70
1964 "The Friendliest Thing"
b/w "Something to Live For" (from With All My Heart)
133
"I Want You to Meet My Baby" / 43 65
"Can't Get Over (The Bossa Nova)" 87 122 20
"The Moon and the Stars and a Little Bit of Wine"
b/w "Piel Canela" (from Amor, with Trio Los Panchos)
1965 "Do I Hear a Waltz?"
b/w "After You've Gone" (from With All My Heart)
122 116
"Just Dance on By"
b/w "Where Are You Now"
124 140 39
"Don't Go to Strangers"
b/w "Mas Amor (More Love)" (from Mas Amor, with Trio Los Panchos)
36 Don't Go to Strangers
1966 "What Did I Have That I Don't Have?"
b/w "Tell Him I Said Hello"
138 17
"If He Walked Into My Life"
b/w "Tell Him I Said Hello"
120 5
"What Is a Woman?"
b/w "Guess I Should Have Loved Him More"
34 Softly, As I Leave You
"Navidad Y Ano Nuevo"
b/w "Alegre Navidad"
Both tracks with Trio Los Panchos
Navidad Means Christmas
1967 "Softly, As I Leave You"
b/w "What's Good About Goodbye?"
117 30 Softly, As I Leave You
"How Could I Be So Wrong"
b/w "He Needs Me Now"
22 Golden Rainbow (Soundtrack)
1968 "Life Is But a Moment (Canta Ragazzina)"
b/w "What Makes Me Love Him?"
115 35 The Look of Love
"This Girl's in Love with You"
b/w "It's You Again"
22 Eydie
1969 "Runaway"
b/w "Girl with a Suitcase"
Non-album tracks
"Tonight I'll Say a Prayer"
b/w "Wild One" (Non-album track)
45 54 8 Tonight I'll Say a Prayer
1970 "My World Keeps Getting Smaller Every Day"
b/w "The Ladies Who Lunch"
24 Non-album tracks
1971 "It Was a Good Time"
b/w "Mem'ries and Souvenirs" (Non-album track)
23 It Was a Good Time
1972 "Butterfly"
b/w "Mr. Number One"
Non-album tracks
1973 "Take One Step"
b/w "The Garden"
47 94
"Touch the Wind (Eres tú)"
b/w "It Takes Too Long to Learn and Live Alone"
41
1976 "What I Did for Love"
b/w "Can It Ever Be the Same"
23

Albums[edit]

Solo

  • Delight (1956)
  • Eydie Gorme (1957)
  • Eydie Swings the Blues (1957)
  • Eydie Gorme Vamps the Roaring 20's (1958)
  • Eydie in Love (1958)
  • Gorme Sings Showstoppers (1958)
  • Love Is a Season (1958)
  • Eydie Gorme on Stage (1959)
  • Eydie in Dixieland (1959)
  • Come Sing with Me (1961)
  • I Feel So Spanish (1961)
  • Blame It on the Bossa Nova (1963)
  • Let the Good Times Roll (1963)
  • Gorme Country Style (1964)
  • Great Songs from 'The Sound of Music' & Broadway (1965)
  • Don't Go to Strangers (1966)
  • Softly, as I Leave You (1967)
  • The Look of Love (1968)
  • Eydie (1968)
  • Otra Vez (1969)
  • Tonight I'll Say a Prayer (1970)
  • It Was a Good Time (1971)
  • La Gorme (1976)
  • Muy Amigos/Close Friends with Danny Rivera (1977)
  • Since I Fell for You (1981)
  • Tomame O Dejame (1982)
  • De Corazon a Corazon (1988)
  • Eso Es El Amor (1992)
  • Silver Screen (1992)[19]

With Steve Lawrence

  • Steve & Eydie (1958)
  • We Got Us (1960)
  • Our Best to You (1961)
  • Cozy (1961)
  • Two on the Aisle (1962)
  • Steve & Eydie at the Movies (1963)
  • That Holiday Feeling (1964)
  • Steve & Eydie Together on Broadway (1967)
  • Bonfa & Brazil with Luis Bonfa (1967)
  • Golden Rainbow (1968)
  • Real True Lovin' (1969)
  • What It Was, Was Love (1969)
  • A Man and a Woman (1970)
  • This Is Steve & Eydie (1971)
  • This Is Steve & Eydie, Vol. 2 (1972)
  • The World of Steve & Eydie (1972)
  • Feelin' (1972)
  • Songs by Steve & Eydie (1972)
  • Steve & Eydie Together (1975)
  • Our Love Is Here to Stay (1976)
  • Hallelujah (1984)
  • Through the Years (1985)
  • Alone Together (1990)
  • Happy Holidays (1990)[20]

With Trio Los Panchos

  • Amor (1964)
  • More Amor (1965)
  • Navidad Means Christmas (1966)
  • Canta en Español (1970)
  • Cuatro Vidas (1970)

Music samples[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Eydie Gorme, Voice of Sophisticated Pop, Dies at 84". The New York Times. Retrieved 2013-08-13.
  3. ^ Gates, Anita (11 August 2013). "Eydie Gorme, Voice of Sophisticated Pop, Dies at 84". The New York Times. Retrieved 8 August 2018.
  4. ^ Nefsky Frankfeldt, Gwen (1 March 2009). "Eydie Gorme | Jewish Women's Archive". jwa.org. Retrieved 8 August 2018.
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  8. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 232. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  9. ^ Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. pp. 159–60. ISBN 0-214-20512-6.
  10. ^ "50 Year Anniversary of a Marvelous Recording". El Blog de GHBN. Retrieved 17 August 2015.
  11. ^ "Eydie Gormé: Una voz que brilló con el Trío Los Panchos". El Clarin Obituary (12 August 2013). 17 August 2015.
  12. ^ "Steve Lawrence, minus Eydie Gorme, set for Westbury". Newsday.com. 2009-11-03. Retrieved 2013-08-13.
  13. ^ a b Ahmed, Saeed (August 11, 2013). "Singer Eydie Gorme dies at 84". CNN. Retrieved August 13, 2013.
  14. ^ "Singer Eydie Gorme dies at 84". CBS News. Retrieved August 11, 2013.
  15. ^ Clarkelas, Norm (2013-08-14). "Eydie Gorme to rest among other greats | Las Vegas Review-Journal". Reviewjournal.com. Retrieved 2015-08-18.
  16. ^ "Singer Eydie Gorme Dies". GRAMMY.com. 2 December 2014. Retrieved 9 August 2018.
  17. ^ "Ella Award Special Events". February 12, 2011. Archived from the original on May 14, 2015. Retrieved May 10, 2015.
  18. ^ 1995 Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award Retrieved September 1, 2014
  19. ^ "Eydie Gormé Discography". steveandeydie.com. Retrieved 9 August 2018.
  20. ^ "Steve & Eydie Discography". steveandeydie.com. Retrieved 9 August 2018.

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