Here is one of my favorite singers, the great Eydie Gormé, a true legend of Las Vegas, a friend of all the great singers (Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Sammy Davis Jr., Sarah Vaughan, Shirley Bassey...) and a great exciting voice!
Eydie Gormé (born Edith Gormezano in 1931 to Sephardic Jewish immigrants - 2013) was a bilingual (English and Spanish) American singer who, with her husband Steve Lawrence, is credited heavily with helping to keep the classic American pop repertoire alive and well. She graduated from William Howard Taft high school in 1946 (legendary film director Stanley Kubrick attended the school at the same time), and worked for the United Nations as a translator, using her fluency in the Spanish language. She also hired out as a singer, working in the big bands of former Glenn Miller singer Tex Beneke as well as the lesser-known Tommy Tucker, before going on her own in 1952. She caught both her big break and her life partner when she and singer Steve Lawrence were booked to the original The Tonight Show, then hosted by Steve Allen. Steve & Eydie (as they are usually referenced) became two of the only legitimate music stars to break out from 1950's television. Gormé enjoyed a few hit singles on her own. Still, she won a Grammy Award for Best Female Vocal Performance in 1967, for her version of "If He Walked Into My Life", from the stage musical Mame. Like her husband, Gormé has appeared on numerous television shows over the years, including The Carol Burnett Show and The Nanny. In 1960, Gormé and Lawrence were awarded the Grammy Award for Best Performance by a Vocal Group for their song "We Got Us". Since the 1970's, the couple has focused strictly on the American pop repertoire, recording several albums themed around individual American pop composers. As the 21st Century arrived, the normally indefatigable couple announced their plans to cut back on their touring, launching a "One More For The Road" tour in 2002.
My favorite things
And here are several other examples of the fabulous style of Eydie Gormé!
Johnny one note
If he walked into my life
How could I be so wrong
What did I have that I don’t have now
As long as he needs me
What I did for love
When the world was young (Ah, the apple tree)
The man I love
Tonight I’ll say a prayer