'Blame It on the Bossa Nova' Singer Eydie Gorme Dies at 84

'Blame It on the Bossa Nova' Singer Eydie Gorme Dies at 84

The former television and nightclub star, who was popular for the 1963 Grammy Award-nominated song, died on August 10 at Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas.
Singer Eydie Gorme, who is best known for her 1963's Grammy-nominated track, "Blame It on the Bossa Nova", has died at the age of 84. The singer passed away at Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas on Saturday, August 10, with her husband and musical collaborator Steve Lawrence by her side.

"Eydie has been my partner on stage and in life for more than 55 years," mourning Lawrence said in a statement. "I fell in love with her the moment I saw her and even more the first time I heard her sing. While my personal loss is unimaginable, the world has lost one of the greatest pop vocalists of all time."

The exact cause of death remains unknown. However, reports suggested that Gorme had been battling cancer.

Born in New York on August 16, 1928, Gorme began her career as a nightclub entertainer and band singer. She performed with various big bands, which were led by the likes of Tommy Tucker, Tex Beneke and Ray Eberle. Her big break came after joining "The Tonight Show" in 1953, where she met Lawrence and got married to him in 1957.

After tying the knot, the couple starred on their own reality TV show that ran for one season in 1958, "The Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme Show".

Gorme retired from music in 2009. Her career awards included a Grammy, an Emmy and induction with Lawrence into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

The singer is survived by husband Lawrence and son David. She had another son named Michael, who died in 1986 at the age of 23 from a heart condition.

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