1950s EASY-POP Songs and Singers...on the verge of Rock 'n Roll
Eydie Gorme (born August 16, 1931)
Famous EASY-POP hit single during the 50s: Too Close for Comfort 1956
Eydie Gorme also had hits with Fini in 1954 and You Need Hands in 1958.
Recording career with hits on the charts: 1954-1972 Labels: Coral & ABC-Paramount
Born Edith Gormezano in the Bronx, she was raised by her Turkish and Spanish immigrant Jewish parents, graduated high school in 1946, and worked as a translator, using her fluency in Spanish. She also sang with big bands before going on her own in 1952. Eydie Gorme caught her big break and her life’s partner when she and Steve Lawrence were booked on the original ‘Tonight Show’ then hosted by Steve Allen. When they sang together the industry buzzed. Steve & Eydie, as they are always known, were married in Las Vegas in 1957. As a solo performer, every time she would sing her 1957 record Guess Who I Saw Today? (…I Saw You!), from the Broadway Review ‘New Faces of 1952,’ it was a showstopper. Lively and talented Eydie Gorme enjoyed several hit singles, none bigger than 1963’s Blame It On The Bossa Nova and none more impressive than her 1967 Grammy Award winning version of If He Walked Into My Life Today from the stage musical ‘Mame.’ Steve and Eydie are the parents of two sons, David—who serves today as his parents’ musical director—and Michael, who died at age 23 in 1986.