Eydie Gorme turns 85 later this summer. She's a petite singer who could belt out a torch song and build to a rousing finish with the best of them, on par with Judy Garland or Ethel Merman. You build chops like that working the nightclubs night after night - she and her husband Steve Lawrence, together and separately, probably played more lounges and casinos than anyone else in history.
Eydie was a popular guest on the talk shows of the 1960s & 1970s but her old style of belting fell out of favor as the decades passed and she retired almost 20 years ago.
'I Want To Be Around' from 1966 Tonight Show appearance:
Eydie with Trio Lo Panchos singing 'Piel Canela,' 'Sabor A Mi' and 'Granada' from The Hollywood Palace.
Most singing duets are mismatched in terms of talent, one is usually the more talented. Steve Lawrence was no Sonny Bono, he and Eydie produced spectacular music together, becoming Las Vegas legends in the bombastic, over the top Liberace era.
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