12 Aug 2013

'Bossa Nova' singer dies

6:08 am on 12 August 2013

Singer Eydie Gorme, an American who had a series of top 20 hits in both English and Spanish, died on Saturday in Las Vegas.

Born in New York to Sephardic Jewish parents from Italy and Turkey, Gorme, 84, had success both as a solo artist and with her husband, singer Steve Lawrence.

In 1960, they won a Grammy Award with the song We Got Us. Three years later, she was nominated for her best-known song, her solo hit 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 Trio Los Panchos, a Mexican band.

"Eydie has been my partner on stage and in life for more than 55 years. I fell in love with her the moment I saw her and even more the first time I heard her sing," Lawrence said in a statement.

They married in 1957 and their husband-and-wife banter was a distinctive element of their performances over the decades.

Gorme and Lawrence collaborated over the years with contemporaries like Frank Sinatra and performed as a couple until recent years with an emphasis on American songwriters like Irving Berlin and George and Ira Gershwin.