Gormé with husband Steve Lawrence.
|Birth name||Edith Garmezano|
August 16, 1928 |
The Bronx, New York, U.S.
|Genres||Latin pop, big band, swing, traditional pop music|
|Years active||1950–2009 (retired)|
Eydie Gormé (also spelled as Eydie Gorme; born August 16, 1928) is an American singer, specializing, with her husband, Steve Lawrence, in traditional pop music, in the form of ballads and breezy swing. She has earned numerous awards, including the Grammy and the Emmy. She retired as of 2009; Steve Lawrence continues to perform as a solo act.
Gormé was born as Edith Garmezano in Bronx, New York in 1928, the daughter of Fortuna and Nessim Garmezano. Her father was a tailor. She is a cousin of singer/songwriter Neil Sedaka. Her parents were Sephardic Jewish immigrants, her father from Sicily and her mother from Turkey.
She graduated from William Howard Taft High School in 1946 (film director Stanley Kubrick, also born in 1928, attended the school at the same time), and worked for the United Nations as an interpreter, using her fluency in the Ladino and Spanish languages. She made her recording debut in 1950 with the Tommy Tucker Orchestra and Don Brown. She made a second recording which featured Dick Noel. MGM issued these two recordings on 78rpm vinyl.
- Powder And Paint
Original Issue: On 78 rpm vinyl only on MGM 10758
- Cherry Stones
Original Issue: On 78 rpm vinyl only on MGM 10767
Big Band Years
She first worked in Tex Beneke's band. In 1951 she made several radio recordings that have been re-issued on vinyl LP and recently on CD, in 1952 Gormé went on to record solo and her first recordings were issued on the Coral label.
Tonight Show start
Gormé and Lawrence were married in Las Vegas on December 29, 1957. They became famous on stage for their banter, which usually involved tart, yet affectionate, and sometimes bawdy, references to their married life, which remained a feature of their live act. They had two sons. In 1995, Gormé and Lawrence were honored for their lifetime contribution to music by the Songwriters Hall of Fame. 
Gormé enjoyed hit singles of her own, none selling bigger than 1963's "Blame It on the Bossa Nova", which was also her final foray into the Top 40 pop charts. It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc. In the UK, "Yes, My Darling Daughter" reached #10. She won a Grammy Award for Best Female Vocal Performance in 1967, for her version of "If He Walked Into My Life", from Mame. The latter made #5 on the Billboard magazine Easy Listening chart in 1966, despite failing to make the Billboard Hot 100. Indeed, most of Gormé's singles chart success from 1963 onward were on the Easy Listening/Adult Contemporary charts, where she placed 27 singles (both solo and with her husband) from 1963 to 1979 (of which "If He Walked Into My Life" was the most successful). As a soloist, her other biggest hits during that period included "What Did I Have That I Don't Have?" from On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (#17 Easy Listening, 1966) and "Tonight I'll Say a Prayer" (#45 Pop and #8 Easy Listening, 1969, also her last Hot 100 entry as a solo artist).
She gained crossover success in the Latin music market through a series of albums she made in Spanish with the famed Trio Los Panchos. In 1964, the two acts joined forces for a collection of Spanish-language standards called Amor. "Sabor a Mí" became closely identified with Gormé and emerged as one of her signature tunes. The disc was later reissued as "Canta en Español". In 1965, a sequel appeared called More Amor (later reissued as "Cuatro Vidas"). Her last album with Los Panchos was a 1966 Christmas collection, "Navidad Means Christmas", later reissued as "Blanca Navidad". Gormé also recorded other Spanish albums in her career, including the Grammy-nominated La Gormé (1976), a contemporary outing. The 1977 release Muy Amigos/Close Friends, a duet collection with Puerto Rican singer Danny Rivera, also received a Grammy nomination.
As a duo with her husband, the act was billed as Steve and Eydie. In 1960, Steve and Eydie were awarded the Grammy Award for Best Performance by a Vocal Group for the album, "We Got Us". Their biggest hit single as a duo, "I Want to Stay Here", was written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King and reached #28 in 1963. Under the pseudonym "Parker and Penny", Lawrence and Gormé achieved their last chart single (#46 on the Adult Contemporary chart) with a cover of the 1979 Eurovision song contest winner, "Hallelujah". The song most closely identified with the duo, the Steve Allen composition "This Could Be the Start of Something", never reached the charts, though it remains a staple in their live act.
Gormé and Lawrence have appeared on TV, including 13 appearances on The Carol Burnett Show, as well as The Nanny. She and Lawrence appeared together on Broadway in the short-lived musical, Golden Rainbow.
Since the 1970s, the couple have focused strictly on the American pop repertoire, recording several albums themed around individual American pop composers. As the 21st Century arrived, the couple announced their plans to cut back on their touring, launching a "One More For The Road" tour in 2002. In 2006, Gormé became a blogger, posting occasional messages on her official website. In November 2009, after his wife retired, Lawrence embarked on a solo musical tour.
Gormé and Lawrence had two sons, David, a composer, and Michael, who died suddenly from ventricular fibrillation resulting from an undiagnosed heart condition in 1986, at the age of 23. Michael was an assistant editor for a television show at the time of his death and was apparently healthy despite a previous diagnosis of slight arrhythmia.
Gormé and Lawrence were in Atlanta, Georgia at the time of his death, having performed at the Fox Theater the night before. Upon learning of the tragedy, Frank Sinatra, a friend, sent his private plane to pick up the couple so that they could fly to New York to meet their other son, David, who was attending school at the time. Following their son's death, the couple took a year off before touring again.
 : Steve & Eydie (Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme)
 : Parker & Penny (Steve & Eydie)
|1956||"Too Close For Comfort"||39||—||—||-||—|
|"Mama, Teach Me To Dance"||34||—||—||-||—|
|1957||"I'll Take Romance"||65||—||—||-||—|
|"Your Kisses Kill Me"||53||—||—||-||—|
|"Love Me Forever"||24||—||—||-||21|
|1958||"You Need Hands"||11||—||—||-||—|
|"Gotta Have Hands"||63||—||—||-||—|
|"The Voice In My Heart"||88||—||—||-||—|
|1962||"Yes, My Darling Daughter"||-||—||-||-||10|
|1963||"Blame It on the Bossa Nova"||7||—||16||-||32|
|"Don't Try To Fight It, Baby"||53||18||—||-||—|
|"I Want To Stay Here" ||28||8||—||-||3|
|"Everybody Go Home"||80||—||—||-||—|
|"I Can't Stop Talking About You" ||35||14||—||-||—|
|1964||"The Friendliest Thing"||133||—||—||-||—|
|"I Want You To Meet My Baby"||43||—||—||-||—|
|"Can't Get Over (the Bossa Nova)"||87||20||—||-||—|
|1965||"Do I Hear a Waltz?"||122||—||—||-||—|
|"Just Dance On By"||124||39||—||-||—|
|"Don't Go To Strangers"||-||36||—||-||—|
|1966||"What Did I Have That I Don't Have?"||-||17||—||-||—|
|"If He Walked Into My Life"||120||5||—||-||—|
|"What Is a Woman?"||-||34||—||-||—|
|1967||"The Honeymoon Is Over" ||-||14||—||-||—|
|"Softly, As I Leave You"||117||30||—||-||—|
|"How Could I Be So Wrong"||-||22||—||-||—|
|1968||"Life Is But a Moment (Canta Ragazzina)"||115||35||—||-||—|
|"The Two of Us" ||-||33||—||-||—|
|"This Girl's In Love With You"||-||22||—||-||—|
|1969||"Real True Lovin'" ||119||20||—||-||—|
|"Tonight I'll Say a Prayer"||45||8||—||-||—|
|1970||"(You're My) Soul & Inspiration" ||-||21||—||-||—|
|"My World Keeps Getting Smaller Every Day" ||-||24||—||-||—|
|1971||"Love is Blue/Autumn Leaves" ||-||37||—||-||—|
|"It Was a Good Time"||-||23||—||-||—|
|1972||"We Can Make It Together (featuring the Osmonds)" ||68||7||—||-||—|
|"Take One Step"||-||47||—||94||—|
|"Touch the Wind (Eres Tu)"||-||41||—||-||—|
|1976||"What I Did For Love"||-||23||—||-||—|
- 1951 Tex Beneke & The Glenn Miller Orchestra (Radio transmission recordings: features Gormé on vocals)
- 1956 Delight
- 1957 Eydie Gormé
- 1957 Eydie Swings the Blues
- 1958 Eydie Gormé Vamps the Roaring 20's
- 1958 Eydie in Love
- 1958 Gormé Sings Showstoppers
- 1958 Love is a Season
- 1959 Eydie Gormé On Stage
- 1959 Eydie in Dixieland
- 1960 We Got Us (with Steve Lawrence)
- 1960 Sing The Golden Hits (with Steve Lawrence)
- 1961 Come Sing with Me
- 1961 I Feel So Spanish
- 1962 Two On The Aisle (with Steve Lawrence)
- 1962 It's Us Again (with Steve Lawrence)
- 1963 Blame It on the Bossa Nova
- 1963 Let the Good Times Roll'
- 1963 Steve & Eydie At The Movies (with Steve Lawrence)
- 1964 Gormé Country Style
- 1964 That Holiday Feeling (with Steve Lawrence)
- 1964 Amor (with Trio Los Panchos)
- 1965 Eydie Gormé sings Great Songs from The Sound of Music And Other Broadway Hits
- 1965 More Amor (with Trio Los Panchos)
- 1966 Don't Go to Strangers
- 1966 If He Walked Into My Life
- 1966 Navidad Means Christmas (with Trio Los Panchos)
- 1967 Bonfá & Brazil (with Luis Bonfá and Steve Lawrence)
- 1967 Softly, As I Leave You
- 1968 The Look of Love
- 1968 Eydie
- 1969 Otra Vez
- 1970 Tonight I'll Say a Prayer
- 1970 Canta en Español (with Trio Los Panchos)
- 1970 Cuatro Vidas (with Trio Los Panchos)
- 1971 It Was a Good Time
- 1972 The World Of Steve and Eydie (with Steve Lawrence)
- 1976 La Gormé
- 1977 Muy Amigos/Close Friends (with Danny Rivera)
- 1981 Since I Fell for You
- 1982 Tomame O Dejame
- 1988 De Corazon A Corazon
- 1992 Eso Es El Amor
- 1996 Silver Screen
- Born in 1928 per United States 1930 federal census records for Edith Garmezano, which give her age in April 1930 as 2 years old and Intelius
- TV.com biodata accessed February 22, 2008
- ON STAGE AND OFF WITH: "Steve Lawrence and Gormé; After 35 Years, Their Act Is Here to Stay"
- The New York Times: Those Thrilling Days of Yesteryear
- Songwriters Hall of Fame: "Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme" 
- Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. pp. 159–60. ISBN 0-214-20512-6.
- Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 232. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
- Steve Lawrence, minus Eydie Gorme, set for Westbury
- 2003 Interview with Larry King
- Official website
- Eydie Gorme fansite
- Eydie Gormé at the Internet Movie Database
- Eydie Gormé at the Internet Broadway Database
- 2003 Interview with Larry King
- Frankfeldt, Gwen Nefsky. "Eydie Gorme" profile - Jewish Women: A Comprehensive Historical Encyclopedia, March 1, 2009; retrieved January 4, 2010