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Performer Eydie Gorme Dies At 84

LAS VEGAS (KXNT/AP) — 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 following 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 were married in 1957. The couple performed on the Strip and were long-time Las Vegas residents.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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