So sad. The legendary female half of Steve & Eydie passed away in Las Vegas on August 10 after suffering from a brief illness.
Eydie Gorme, who warmed so many hearts across the world performing as one part of Steve & Eydie and later enjoying success as a solo performer, died after a brief illness on August 10, according to her publicist. She was 84 years old.
Eydie Gorme Passes Away At 84
Eydie, who gained popularity in the ’50s singing on the The Tonight Show with Steve Lawrence, who later became her husband, is likely best remembered in the English-speaking world for her Grammy-nominated hit “Blame It on the Bossa Nova.” In Spanish-speaking circles, Eydie’s major hit was “Amor.”
Her longtime partner Steve, in both music and love, was by Eydie’s side in Las Vegas when she passed away, along with her son and other family members.
“Eydie has been my partner on stage and in life for more than 55 years,” Steve said in a statement according to CNN. “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.”
Eydie and Steve toured well into the 2000s, remaining relevant and beloved for over five decades. “I’m very thankful that Eydie and I, not only do we have a great love, we have a great friendship,” Steve previously stated.
Besides Steve and their son, David, Eydie is also survived by her granddaughter. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends in this difficult time. She will be missed!
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– Andrew Gruttadaro