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Singer, entertainer Eydie Gorme dies in Las Vegas at age 84

Performers Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme share an intimate moment at their Las Vegas wedding, 1957. The duo were famous for their 10-year run as headliners at Caesars Palace, as well as performances at the Sands and Desert Inn. (SUN FILE PHOTO)
Performers Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme share an intimate moment at their Las Vegas wedding, 1957. The duo were famous for their 10-year run as headliners at Caesars Palace, as well as performances at the Sands and Desert Inn. (SUN FILE PHOTO)
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Updated: 8/10/2013 5:30 pm
By Bob Thomas
The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES — Eydie Gorme, a popular nightclub and television singer as a solo act and as a team with husband Steve Lawrence, has died. She was 84.

Gorme had a huge solo hit in 1963 with "Blame it on the Bossa Nova."

Her publicist, Howard Bragman, says she died at a Las Vegas hospital Saturday after an undisclosed illness.

Gorme was a successful band singer and nightclub entertainer when she was invited to join the cast of Steve Allen's New York television show in 1953.

She sang solos and also did duets and comedy skits with Lawrence, a rising young singer who had joined the show a year earlier. When the program became NBC's "Tonight Show" in 1954, the young couple went along.

They married in Las Vegas in 1957 and later performed there.
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