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Popular singer Eydie Gorme dies at 84

Ms. Gorme, often recognized for her musical partnership with Steve Lawrence, whom she married in 1957, broke through with a solo hit, ‘‘Blame it on the Bossa Nova,’’ in 1963.
Ms. Gorme, often recognized for her musical partnership with Steve Lawrence, whom she married in 1957, broke through with a solo hit, ‘‘Blame it on the Bossa Nova,’’ in 1963.FRED PROUSER/Reuters/file 2000

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NEW YORK — Eydie Gorme, the lively singer with a remarkable range who performed a decades-long act with her husband, Steve Lawrence, that made them the sweethearts of mid-20th-century American pop music, died on Saturday in Las Vegas. She was 84.

Her death was confirmed by Howard Bragman, her publicist.

Ms. Gorme and Lawrence had a sophisticated stage presence and vibrant voices, but they stood out for two other reasons. As rock conquered pop music, they refused to join in. Instead, they stood resolutely with the standards, performing the songs of Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, the Gershwins, and Rodgers and Hammerstein.

Ms. Gorme also had instances of solo triumph, including her 1963 Grammy-nominated hit recording of “Blame It on the Bossa Nova.”

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