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Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gormé

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Steve Lawrence (actor/singer) was born Sidney Liebowitz on 7/08/1935 in Brooklyn, New York. Eydie Gorme (multilingual singer) was born Edith Gorezano on 8/16/1931 in the Bronx, New York City, New York.

Lawrence and Gorme were married on 12/29/1957 at the El Rancho Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.

They parented two sons, Michael and David. Michael died in 1986 (undiagnosed heart condition) at age 23. David is a musical composer (High School Musical).

Lawrence was drafted into the United States Army in 1958 where he served as the official vocalist for the United States Army Band.

Gorme made her recording debut at age 19 in 1950 with the Tommy Tucker Orchestra where she appeared as vocalist on “Powder and Paint” and “Cherry Stones.”

Lawrence appeared as a regular on the old Tonight Show with Steve Allen in the 1950’s. He charted 11 BillBoard® Top 40 hits from 1957 through 1964 the biggest of which was “Go Away Little Girl” (Columbia original catalog number 42601), which reached number 1 for two weeks and was Certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). This means the record was certified to have sold one million single copies. Note: since 1989, the gold certification has been lowered to 500,000 sales. Lawrence had four other songs reach the Billboard Top 10: Party Doll #5 3/1957; Pretty Blue Eyes #9 1/1960; Footsteps #7 3/1960 and Portrait of My Love #9 4/1961.

Lawrence is also an accomplished actor appearing in, among others, The Carol Burnett Show, Night Gallery, Police Story, Murder She Wrote, The Nanny and CSI. Lawrence played the role of Maury Sline in the film The Blues Brothers with John Belushi.

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