Eydie Gorme’s regular musical appearances on Steve Allen’s Tonight! Show with her husband, Steve Lawrence, launched their joint careers as the duo responsible for hits like 1963’s “Blame It on the Bossa Nova.” Gorme made her radio debut at age three when she wandered over to a children’s show being broadcast in a department store. After high school, she worked briefly as a Spanish interpreter, but quit to pursue her dreams of a singing career, touring with bandleader Tommy Tucker before going solo in nightclubs and on radio programs. In 1952 she began recording albums and hosted a Spanish radio program, Cita con Eydie. The following year, she joined the cast of the Tonight! Show, where she met Lawrence, whom she married in 1957. The pair won a Grammy in 1960 for their album We Got Us, and performed together in concert and in musicals, beginning with their 1969 play, What It Was, Was Love. Gorme also performed solo, and her fluency in Spanish led to collaborations with the Latin group Trio Los Panchos. In 1995, Gorme and Lawrence received lifetime achievement awards from both the Society of Singers and the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
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