Steve Lawrence, one half of popular singing duo Steve & Eydie, dead at 88

Steve Lawrence, one half of popular singing duo Steve & Eydie, dead at 88 - Arts and Culture - News

Title: Remembering the Legendary Pop Singer Steve Lawrence: A Life Dedicated to Entertainment

Steve Lawrence, a renowned pop singer with an illustrious career in music and acting, passed away on Thursday at the age of 88. The sad news was shared by his publicist, Susan DuBow, who confirmed that Lawrence died in Los Angeles due to Alzheimer’s disease.

Lawrence was more than just a talented musician; he was an inspiration and a source of laughter for those around him. His son, David Lawrence, composer and filmmaker, remembered his father as “a charming, handsome, hysterically funny guy who sang a lot.” In a statement shared with Deadline, David expressed his deep affection and pride in being the son of such an accomplished artist.

Lawrence’s professional journey began early as he grew up with a musical background, thanks to his father being a cantor. His passion for music led him to participate in the Arthur Godfrey Talent Scouts television show at a young age, which opened the door for him to perform on Godfrey’s radio program.

Under the stage name Steve Lawrence, he released his first single, “Poinciana,” in 1952, which set the foundation for an impressive music career. In New York, Lawrence became a regular on Steve Allen’s show, eventually leading him to meet his wife and fellow cast member, Eydie Gormé. The duo married in 1957, but Lawrence was soon drafted by the U.S. Army, where he sang with the army band.

As a solo artist, Lawrence had numerous hits such as “Go Away Little Girl,” “Pretty Blue Eyes,” and “Party Doll.” The pair were known for their extensive repertoire of American standards, which stood out against the backdrop of the increasingly popular rock and roll scene. Together, they appeared in Broadway’s “Golden Rainbow” musical, with their rendition of the song “I’ve Gotta Be Me” becoming a staple in their act as a duo.

Steve and Eydie made a name for themselves in the variety TV show market and on stage in Las Vegas while maintaining their individual careers. Gormé, who shared two sons with Lawrence, preceded him in death in 2013.

Carol Burnett, a close friend and frequent collaborator on her variety show during the 1970s, paid tribute to Steve Lawrence: “Steve was one of my favorite guests on my variety show, appearing 39 times. He was also my very close friend … so close that I considered him ‘family.’ He will always be in my heart.”

Lawrence’s talent extended beyond music as he also acted in numerous films and television shows throughout his career, including “The Blues Brothers,” “The Nanny,” and “Two and a Half Men.” His influence on the entertainment industry will be remembered for generations to come.

The smooth balladeer left an indelible mark on music and touched the lives of many through his talent, humor, and charisma. His legacy continues to inspire those who had the pleasure of knowing him or hearing his music.