Eydie Gormé, one of our most popular and talented singers, passed away on August 10, a few days shy of her 85th birthday. With her husband singer Steve Lawrence, Eydie was the among the best interpreters of tunes by the greatest songwriters of the 20th century, including Cole Porter, Rodgers & Hart, Irving Berlin, and the Gershwins. Folks under 50 may remember Eydie’s fun novelty hit “Blame it on the Bossa Nova.”
My favorite Eydie Gormé hits are the fabulous “I Wish You Love,” (by Trenet and Beach) and “If He Walked Into My Life,” (by Jerry Herman) from “Mame.” Hers is the most vibrant rendition of the song ever recorded (apologies to Angela Lansbury). Ms. Gormé also recorded in Spanish and enjoyed a number of hit songs en español. When you get a chance check out some of Eydie Gormé’s songs on YouTube.
What a fantastic talent! RIP.