Passage: Eydie Gorme

Eydie Gorme is shown in a 1956 photo.
Eydie Gorme is shown in a 1956 photo. Gorme, a popular nightclub and television singer as a solo act and as a team with husband Steve Lawrence, has died. She was 84. Her publicist, Howard Bragman, says she died at a Las Vegas hospital Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013 following an undisclosed illness.
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(CBS News) It happened this week ... the stilling of one of the most beloved voices in popular music. For we learned last night of the death of Eydie Gorme at a hospital in Las Vegas.

Born in New York to Sephardic Jewish parents, Gorme grew up to pursue a singing career, first as a soloist, then in partnership with Steve Lawrence, whom she married in 1957.

Though often teamed with her husband, Gorme had several hit singles on her own, including her biggest, "Blame It On The Bossa Nova."

The couple sang with their close friend Frank Sinatra in 1994, and performed as a duo into the early years of this century, always with a focus on the standards.

"I fell in love with her the moment I saw her", Steve Lawrence said last night, "and even more the first time I heard her sing."

Eydie Gorme was 84.