In 1962 Gormé had a UK Top 10 success with a lively revival of “Yes, My Darling Daughter”, followed in 1963 by “Blame It on the Bossa Nova” and a big-selling album of the same name. “I Want to Stay Here”, written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King, was their biggest UK success, reaching No 3.
The British Invasion knocked many established acts off the charts, but Lawrence and Gormé handled the setback well. Lawrence starred on Broadway in What Makes Sammy Run? while, following the success of a Spanish “Blame It on the Bossa Nova”, Gormé recorded Latin albums with Trio Los Panchos. Her biggest-ever international hit was with her Spanish version of “Amor”. Gormé and Lawrence spent 1968 on Broadway in the musical Golden Rainbow, written for them by Walter Marks.
During the 1970s they won acclaim for TV specials devoted to the great songwriters George Gershwin, Cole Porter and Irving Berlin. They supported Frank Sinatra on his 75th birthday tour and they recorded “Where Or When” on his million-selling Duets II (1994) where they weave effortlessly together like Lambert, Hendricks and Ross. In cabaret, the duo performed the delightful “Sinatra from A to Z” where they sang extracts from 26 songs in three minutes – admittedly taking liberties with the alphabet.
In 1990 they released the album Alone Together on their own GL label, and in 1997 they recorded a lounge version of Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun” for the album, Lounge-A-Palooza. Gormé retired from performing in 2009.
Their first son, David, was born in 1960 and Michael came two years later. They took their children on the road, tutoring them themselves. Michael died from a heart condition in 1986; David is a film composer and orchestrator, noted for the American Pie film series.