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August 12, 2013 9:44 AM   Subscribe

Eydie Gormé dies at 84. They met as cast members of the Steve Allen Show in the 1950s, and it was the start of something big. Known ever since as "Steve and Eydie," they became fixtures of Las Vegas and television variety shows. But Eydie had many hits of her own along the way, such as Blame It On the Bossa Nova, and she became famous in Latin America for her Spanish recordings like Amor.

So many great vintage clips to choose from, but here's a couple...

Appearing on What's My Line while Steve is blindfolded on the panel

Dueting with Carol Burnett

"What Did I Have?" (1966)
posted by dnash (21 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite

 
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posted by Cash4Lead at 9:47 AM on August 12, 2013


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Piel Canela (with the Trio Los Panchos)
posted by The Card Cheat at 9:48 AM on August 12, 2013 [1 favorite]


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posted by Gelatin at 9:54 AM on August 12, 2013


I can't think of Eydie Gorme without thinking of The Sinatra Group SNL sketch.
posted by MoonOrb at 10:11 AM on August 12, 2013 [6 favorites]


Frank Sinatra: Shut up, you wastes of space! Just be glad you get to hang with me!

Steve Lawrence: You're right, Frank.

Eydie Gorme: Sorry.

Frank Sinatra: It's your choice. You can open for me at the Meadowlands, or you can headline at the Tick Tock Inn.
posted by Chrysostom at 10:18 AM on August 12, 2013 [1 favorite]


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posted by twidget at 10:26 AM on August 12, 2013


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posted by Cookiebastard at 10:27 AM on August 12, 2013


With husband Steve singing Black Hole Sun.

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posted by a person of few words at 10:29 AM on August 12, 2013 [6 favorites]


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posted by get off of my cloud at 10:49 AM on August 12, 2013


No one sings like you anymore.
posted by Meatbomb at 11:00 AM on August 12, 2013


I always thought those two were adorable. I'm sad for Steve now.
posted by ThatCanadianGirl at 11:55 AM on August 12, 2013


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posted by oneironaut at 12:26 PM on August 12, 2013


I've never liked Steve Lawrence, but Eydie solo or with Trio Los Panchos is one of the great female pop singers of the age. She's an icon in Mexico. Here's part of the reason why.
posted by Fnarf at 1:22 PM on August 12, 2013 [1 favorite]


There was something as dry as a vanilla-wafer cookie about Steve and Eydie. Intelligent, a bit boring, but stimulating at the same time. Comforting, like a good friend at your piano.
posted by dances_with_sneetches at 1:22 PM on August 12, 2013 [1 favorite]


Steve and Eydie--and Eydie, sola--were staples of WNEW-AM's playlist in the early- and mid-'60s. I heard "Blame It on the Bossa Nova" (and can still hear it in my head) a bajillion times during my early Wonder Years and feel like I saw them on Sullivan a bajillion more.

And, yes, her Spanish-language recordings with Trio Los Panchos are great: Amor and More Amor. (Here's "Sabor a Mi," a dead sexy song.) Most famous female Sephardic singer ever? (That darn Neil Sedaka forcing the narrower qualification) Possibly.

aav.

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posted by the sobsister at 6:04 PM on August 12, 2013 [1 favorite]


Eydie Gormé dies at 84.

Bossanova blamed.

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posted by mazola at 7:59 PM on August 12, 2013 [1 favorite]


I'm a fan. I saw Steve and Edie open for Sinatra on his last tour. They did some stunning complex jazz vocal arrangements. I was impressed. Her Spanish albums are lovely.

Trivia: Edie was the lead vocalist in her high school dance band, and Stanley Kubrick was the drummer.

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posted by ovvl at 4:59 PM on August 14, 2013


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I listened to her Spanish language album a lot as a kid because my relatives loved it. It wasn't until I was a teen did I learn she also sang in English!
posted by luckynerd at 10:45 PM on August 14, 2013


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