American singer Eydie Gorme – who was well-known for performing ballads and swing with her husband, as well as solo – passed away at the age of 84. The singer died on August 10, 2013 in Las Vegas, after a brief illness. The news of her death was announced by her publicist, but the exact illness she was suffering from was not disclosed.
The singer’s husband Steve Lawrence, her son and other family members were by her side at the time of death. Lawrence said, “Eydie has been my partner on stage and in 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”.
Lawrence went on to say that his personal loss is unimaginable and that the world has lost one of the greatest pop vocalist of all time. Gorme was best known in the English-speaking world for her ‘Blame It On The Bossa Nova’, which received a Grammy nomination. The singer was born on August 16, 1928 in New York to Sephardic Jewish parents.
She started singing as soon as she was out of high school, with various bands. However, Gorme’s major break came when she auditioned for ‘The Tonight Show’ in 1953, which she later joined.
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