Steve Lawrence, of Steve & Eydie Duo, Passes Away at 88

Iconic Singer's Illustrious Career Concludes at 88.

by Nouman Rasool
Steve Lawrence, of Steve & Eydie Duo, Passes Away at 88
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Renowned vocalist Steve Lawrence, celebrated for timeless classics such as "Go Away Little Girl" and his dynamic partnership in the pop duo Steve & Eydie alongside his wife, Eydie Gormé, has passed away at the age of 88.

Lawrence's death was attributed to complications related to Alzheimer's disease, as confirmed by family spokesperson Susan DuBow to Fox News Digital. Steve Lawrence's illustrious career began with his encounter with Eydie Gormé on Steve Allen's "Tonight" show in 1954, a meeting that not only led to a successful professional partnership but also blossomed into a lifelong romance, culminating in their marriage in 1957.

Lawrence often reflected on the pivotal role Allen played in his career, likening the diverse demands of the show to a modern-day vaudeville that honed his versatile talents. The duo's chemistry and talent were further showcased on "The Steve Lawrence-Eydie Gormé Show" in 1958, followed by Lawrence's solo venture, "The Steve Lawrence Show," in 1965.

David Lawrence, their son, shared a heartfelt tribute, highlighting his father's influence as a remarkable entertainer and a loving father, whose legacy in the entertainment industry is both significant and enduring.

Early Stardom Rise

Born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1935, Lawrence's foray into music saw a meteoric rise after winning Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts competition at the tender age of 16.

His debut record "Poinciana" in 1952, catapulted him into the spotlight, selling over 100,000 copies and laying the groundwork for a legendary career. Steve & Eydie's appearances on iconic shows like "The Ed Sullivan Show" and "The Hollywood Palace," coupled with their captivating performances in New York, Las Vegas, Chicago, and Miami, solidified their status as entertainment royalty.

Lawrence's theatrical talents were equally notable, earning him a Tony nomination for his performance in Broadway's "What Makes Sammy Run?" in 1964-65. The couple also shone in "Golden Rainbow" during 1968-69, showcasing their versatile abilities beyond the music stage.

The 1970s brought further acclaim, with Lawrence becoming a familiar face on "The Carol Burnett Show," where he appeared 39 times and formed a close friendship with Burnett herself. The duo's exploration of their musical identity during the rock 'n' roll era of the late '50s, despite the changing musical landscape, highlighted their commitment to their unique sound and style, a sentiment humorously shared by Lawrence in recalling their decision to stay true to their roots rather than conform to the emerging trends of the time.

Beyond "Go Away Little Girl," Lawrence's discography includes hits like "Pretty Blue Eyes" and "I've Gotta Be Me," and together with Eydie, they achieved Grammy success for their 1960 album "We Got Us." Their continued success into the '80s was marked by sold-out performances at Carnegie Hall, showcasing their enduring appeal.

Lawrence's talent extended into acting, with appearances on television shows such as "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," "Gilmore Girls," and "The Nanny," and in films like "The Blues Brothers." Despite Eydie Gormé's retirement in 2009 and her passing in 2013, the legacy of Steve & Eydie remains a testament to their impact on music and entertainment, embodying a timeless appeal that transcends generations.