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Eydie Gormé: 10 Things You Didn’t Know About the Pop Diva

Steve_lawrence_eydie_gormeEydie Gormé was the sort of entertainer that you could imagine a young Don Draper taking his first wife Betty to see in some swank late-1950s nightclub – or better yet, curling up with her on the couch to watch on the Philco TV as Gormé  appeared with husband-to-be Steve Lawrence on The Tonight Show, where the musical couple were regulars during the Steve Allen era.

Gormé, who died on Aug. 10 at age 84 in Las Vegas, was a superstar of the decade that preceded the British invasion and psychedelic rock, a dark-haired chanteuse who sang show tunes and lighthearted pop songs churned out by Brill Building songsmiths. She was the perfect star for what seemed to be a more genteel, carefree and romantic time – an ambiance that’s exemplified by her early 1963 hit, “Blame It on the Bossa Nova,” which reached No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100.

But the singer, like the age in which she flourished, was a bit more complicated beneath the surface. Here are 10 intriguing facts about Gormé:


Photo: Maurice Seymour via Wikipedia


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