Singer Eydie Gorme dies aged 84

Singer Eydie Gorme (also spelled Eydie Gormé), who had a hit in 1963 with “Blame It On The Bossa Nova”, has died in Las Vegas at the age of 84, her publicist has said. Gorme was a popular nightclub and TV singer, both with her husband Steve Lawrence and as a solo act.

Gorme was born as Edith Garmezano in The Bronx, New York in 1928, the daughter of Fortuna and Nessim Garmezano. Her father was a tailor. She is a cousin of singer Neil Sedaka. Her parents were Sephardic Jewish immigrants, her father from Sicily and her mother from Turkey.

In 1953, she joined what became the Tonight Show on the NBC television network. She and Lawrence also recorded Spanish-language songs which became hits in Latin America. She met Lawrence in 1953 on the set of a New York local TV programme hosted by Steve Allen which became the Tonight Show the next year. The couple married in 1957.

Gorme’s biggest solo hit was “Blame It On The Bossa Nova”. She also scored another success on her own in 1964 with the Spanish-language song “Amor”, recorded with the Mexican band Trio Los Panchos.