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Passings: Eydie Gorme (1928 - 2013)

Singer Eydie Gorme, who found success both as a solo artist and in a duo with her husband Steve Lawrence, died Saturday afternoon in Las Vegas after a short illness at the age of 84.

Gorme's spokesman, Howard Bragman, issued the following statement:
Legendary singer and performer Eydie Gorme passed away peacefully today at Sunrise Hospital following a brief illness. She was surrounded by her husband, son and other loved ones at the time of her death. She was surrounded by her husband, son and other loved ones at the time of her death.
Husband Lawrence also issued a staement:
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. While my personal loss is unimaginable, the world has lost one of the greatest pop vocalists of all time.
Gorme was born in the Bronx and graduated from William Howard Taft High School in 1946. Her first job out of school was as an interpreter at the United Nations.

In 1950, Gorme was recorded for the first time with the Tommy Tucker Orchestra and Don Brown. She moved on to work with the big band of Tex Beneke in 1951 and, a year later, made her first solo recordings for Coral. Her first hit came in 1954 with Fini (peaking at number 19) and followed with four more top 40 hits including You Need Hands (1958 / #11).

Her recording career peaked in 1963 with i, which went to number 7 on the Hot 100 and 16 on R&B. She also reached the top 10 on the Adult Contemporary chart with If He Walked Into My Life (1966 / #5 AC), Tonight I'll Say a Prayer (1969 / #8) and We Can Make It Together with the Osmonds (1972 / #7).

Gorme and Lawrence first met when they were booked on the same edition of The Tonight Show with Steve Allen. They were married on December 29, 1957 in Las Vegas. While Lawrence had his own solo hits (Pretty Blue Eyes, Footsteps, Portrait of My Love, Go Away Little Girl), they also scored a few Adult Contemporary hits as a duo (I Want You to Stay Here (1963 / #8 AC), I Can't Stop Talking About You (1963 / #14 AC) but their real strength was their album, including a 1960 Grammy for their first set, We Got Us, and their live appearances, especially on stage in Las Vegas, TV and on Broadway.

The couple had two sons, David, and Michael who died in 1986 at the age of 23.