facebook
twitter
search
search

Grammy-winner Eydie Gorme dies at age 84

Aug. 11, 2013 at 10:04 AM
1 of 2
| License Photo

LAS VEGAS, Aug. 11 (UPI) -- Eydie Gorme, singer of the Grammy-nominated "Blame it on the Bossa Nova," died after a brief illness in Las Vegas, her husband said. She was 84.

The cause of Gorme's death Saturday wasn't reported.

The singer enjoyed decades of success as one half of Steve and Eydie, a singing duo with husband Steve Lawrence, the Los Angeles Times reported Saturday.

The two met in 1953 when they joined the cast of Steve Allen's New York television show, which eventually became "The Tonight Show," the Times said.

Lawrence and Gorme married in 1957 and eventually began singing together at nightclub venues across New York City. They became popular for singing the classics instead of rock-and-roll hits, CNN said.

"I mean, she could sing with me, with Andy Williams, Placido Domingo," Lawrence told Larry King during a 2003 interview, commenting on her three-octave range. "She could sing with just about anybody."

Lawrence and Gorme won a Grammy in 1960 for best performance by a vocal group, the Times said.

Gorme is survived by Lawrence, son David and a granddaughter. She is predeceased by son Michael, who died at age 23 of ventricular fibrillation, CNN said.

Like Us on Facebook for more stories from UPI.com  
Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
Sherri Shepherd to pay $4K per month for her disavowed child
Jessa Duggar posts baby bump selfie at 22 weeks
Tamera Mowry, Adam Housley welcome baby girl
Miranda Kerr spotted kissing Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel
Tiger Woods denies affair with Amanda Boyd