The popular nightclub and TV singer Eydie Gorme has died, the Associated Press reports. She was 84. Gorme was known both as a solo act and for “Steve and Eydie,” teaming with her husband Steve Lawrence.
Gorme’s biggest hit was 1963’s “Blame It on the Bossa Nova,” which made it to number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Gorme’s publicist, Howard Bragman, tells the AP that she died at a Las Vegas hospital Saturday following an undisclosed illness.
Gorme won a Grammy for 1967’s “If He Walked Into My Life” from “Mame,” which hit number 5 on the Billboard Easy Listening chart.
She also won another Grammy with her husband for the album “We Got Us.”
Gorme was already successful singing with bands and in nightclubs when she was invited to be a part of Steve Allen’s New York television show in 1953, joining the cast.
She sang her own solo songs, as well as dueting and doing comedy sketches with another of the show’s cast: Steve Lawrence. Lawrence was a young singer who’d joined the show in 1952.
Allen’s show became NBC’s “Tonight Show” in 1954. After forming their on-screen partnership, Steve and Eydie went on to get married in Las Vegas in 1957, where they later became a famed Vegas performing team.
Gorme went on to land 27 singles, both as a solo act and with her husband, on the Billboard Easy Listening and Adult Contemporary charts.
Their biggest hit as a couple was “I Want to Stay Here,” which hit number 28 on the charts:
Also, while not a hit, “This Could Be the Start of Something” become a signature song for the duo, coming out of their TV work with Steve Allen:
Gorme also has a famous relative other than her cousin — she’s singer-songwriter Neil Sedaka’s cousin. She also had some experience outside of music before becoming a singing sensation, working for the United Nations as an interpreter.
For something completely different, check out Steve and Eydie’s take on the Soundgarden song “Black Hole Sun,” from the 1997 compilation album “Lounge-A-Palooza.”
Some of Gorme’s other hits:
“What Did I Have That I Don’t Have”:
“Tonight I’ll Say a Prayer”: