Legendary singer Eydie Gorme has died at the age of 84, after a brief illness.
For those not familiar with Gorme, in 1953, she became a well-known face on Steve Allen's local show, which was on the up and up at the time. The program became even more popular when Gorme joined and eventually teamed up with Mr. Steve Lawrence. The pairing worked really well because they, along with Allen, made it even bigger when the show became what we now know as ‘The Tonight Show’ in 1954.
As it happens, Gorme's job became even more special for her when she fell in love with Lawrence. Their work relationship soon turned into a personal one. The two married in 1957. Briefly, they had their own stint as television hosts unto themselves. While that didn’t last, their talent and individual careers did. Gorme performed with both Tim Conway and Ed Sullivan. Her vocal ability was strong, but decisively soft and lent to the facts of any given tune. Her covers of "Who's Sorry Now" and "By The Time I Get To Phoenix" are said to be as good if not better than the originals, and I have to agree.
Ms. Eydie Gorme was brought to my attention in 1985 in a newer (at the time) rendition of ‘Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass.’ Gorme and her husband played Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum. The two of them recited "The Walrus and the Carpenter" with enthusiasm and unique humor. They were completely in the zone and they were incredible. To this day, that performance is one of my favorites next to ‘Emotions’ by Ann Jillian in the same movie.
Lawrence did comment on his wife's passing and 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. While my personal loss is unimaginable, the world has lost one of the greatest pop vocalists of all time."