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August 12, 2013 7:23 pm

Eydie Gorme, Jewish-American Singer, Dies at 84

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Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme from the television program The Steve Allen Show in 1958. Photo: NBC via Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.org Jewish-American singer Eydie Gorme, who became famous for her popular duet performances with her husband Steve Lawrence in the 1950s, died in Las Vegas on Saturday at the age of 84.

Born Edith Gorme in New York City in 1932, the singer’s parents were Jews of Spanish descent who were born in Turkey and later immigrated to the U.S. Gorme and Lawrence starred in the 1958 summer-replacement television series “The Steve Lawrence-Eydie Gorme Show,” and won a Grammy Award in 1960 and an Emmy Award in 1979.

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Among her solo singles, Gorme’s best-known hits are “Too Close for Comfort,” “Mama, Teach Me to Dance” (both 1956), “Love Me Forever” (1957), “You Need Hands” (1958), “Blame It on the Bossa Nova” (1963 Grammy nominee), and “If He Walked into My Life” (1966 Grammy Award), according to the Jewish Women’s Archive.

Gorme’s publicist confirmed her death, the New York Times reported. She is survived by her husband, son, and granddaughter.

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  • Que linda voz. Que talento. En Mexico siempre sera inmortal.

  • Andrew Wolf

    It should be noted that Ms. Gorme, born in The Bronx, NY, was bilingual — a Sephardic Jew, Spanish was spoken in her home, and she worked as a translator at the U.N. She put her Spanish skills to good use as an entertainer – she recorded many Spanish tracks which went on to become huge international hits, as was once noted by her husband, who called her a “diva” in the Spanish speaking world. So ironically, Ms. Gorme, the Jewish graduate of William Howard Taft HS in the south Bronx, became perhaps the most popular female Spanish language recording artist from The Bronx, ever.

  • Gerd Kaluski

    I am sorry to hear of Eydie Gorme’s passing. I grew up with her and her husband Steve Lawrence’s music and she will remain in my memory.

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