Eydie Gorme died this week.
The world lost one of it’s greatest voices.
Underrated and often derided by the music industry, the woman could sing.
Take a minute and listen to this by clicking here. (when you’re done, hit the back arrow please.)
Back? Great. isn’t it?
I remember Steve and Eydie clowning with Sinatra and the rat pack, hitting the Carol Burnett Show, and making the rounds.
They did Vegas, Hollywood, heck, they even played the Fox in Atlanta.
But for the most part, they never got the cred they deserved…well, at least Eydie deserved.
Eydie paid attention to the little things in songs, you know consonants, phrasing, vocal control, words…things that matter.
And what a voice. Seriously PIPES comes to mind.
Born in the Bronx to Sephardic Jewish emigrants, she graduated from William Howard Taft High School, and worked at the United Nations as an interpreter while pursuing a singing career.
She made a few recordings, went the big band route, and finally got her big break on the Original Tonight Show hosted by Steve Allen.
She met another Steve that night as well, Steve Lawrence.
Four years later they were married, and 55 years later she died with him at her side.
True love, true talent, a true loss.