1950s EASY-POP Songs and Singers...on the verge of Rock 'n Roll
Steve Lawrence (born July 8, 1935)
Famous EASY-POP hit single during the 50s: Pretty Blue Eyes 1959
Steve Lawrence also had hits with Party Doll in 1957, Footsteps in 1960, Portrait of My Love in 1961, and Go Away Little Girl in 1962.
Recording career with hits on the charts: 1952 - 1972 Record Labels: Coral & ABC
Born Sidney Leibowitz, the son of a cantor in Brooklyn, New York, he studied piano and saxophone in high school. Taking the first names of two nephews, he won first prize on Arthur Godfrey’s TV series ‘Talent Scouts’ in 1951. His vocal range and warmth earned him a place on Steve Allen’s ‘Tonight’ TV show in 1953 where he met and performed with singer Eydie Gorme. They married in 1957 in Las Vegas and he began a two year stint in the US Army. He had two hits in 1957: Banana Boat Song, although calypso singer Harry Belafonte had the blockbuster version, and Party Doll even though the version by rockabilly Buddy Knox was the #1 hit. His hit singles were recorded between 1959 and 1962. He starred with Robert Alda in the Broadway musical ‘What Makes Sammy Run?’ in 1964 (where he and co-star Sally Ann Howes introduced A Room Without Windows). He starred again on Broadway with wife, Eydie Gorme, in ‘Golden Rainbow’ in 1968 (where he introduced I've Got to Be Me). Steve and Eydie, as they are always billed, continue to perform as a duet.