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Eydie Gorme Dead at 84

Image courtesy of GAB Archive/Redferns (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of GAB Archive/Redferns (via ABC News Radio)

Eydie Gorme died in Las Vegas on Saturday after a brief illness, according to her publicist, Howard Bragman , reports People magazine. Gorme was 84 years old.

She was a well-known nightclub singer and television personality who performed as a solo act as well as with her husband, Steve Lawrence .

Gorme had a solo hit in 1963 with the Grammy-nominated "Blame It on the Bossa Nova."

She was invited to join the cast of Steve Allen 's New York-based television show in 1953, pairing up with Lawrence. They continued their act when the program became NBC's Tonight Show in 1954.

They married in Las Vegas in 1957 and later dazzled audiences there with their stage shows.

Lawrence said in a statement, "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."

Gorme is survived by Lawrence, her son David and a granddaughter. Her other son with Lawrence, named Michael , died of heart failure in 1986 when he was only 23.

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