Singer who formed a formidable pop partnership with her husband, Steve Lawrence
Edith Gormezano (Eydie Gormé), singer; born 16 August 1928; married 1957 Steve Lawrence (two sons); died Las Vegas 10 August 2013.
From The Independent 13th August 2013
In the UK, the husband and wife team of Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gormé are best known for a succession of pop hits during the late 1950s and early 60s – but for many years, they were among the leading lounge acts in America and did much to preserve what we now call the Great American Songbook.
Eydie Gormé was a superlative singer, able to sing pop novelties, Latin dance songs and the great standards with ease. In his autobiography, the noted composer Jerry Herman says that Gormé’s “If He Walked Into My Life” from Mame is “the finest single recording of any song of mine. Eydie Gormé is a brilliant song stylist and the way she did this song perfectly mirrored what I had in mind.”
Eydie Gormé was born Edith Gormezano in the Bronx in August 1928, the youngest of three children of a Jewish family. Her parents were of Spanish and Turkish ancestry and had met in Cincinnati; her cousin was Neil Sedaka. She sang and danced in school productions and worked for a theatrical supplies company after graduation.
For some years, she sang with an amateur band led by an old schoolfriend, Ken Greengrass, but she turned professional in 1952 when she joined Tommy Tucker’s band, followed by a year as the vocalist for Tex Beneke.