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Died On This Date (August 10, 2013) Eydie Gormé / Pop Music Icon

Posted by themusicsover on August 10, 2013

Eydie Gormé (Born Edith Gormezano)
August 16, 1928 – August 10, 2013

Eydie-GormeEydie Gormé was an American vocalist who, with her longtime husband and singing partner, Steve Lawrence, made some of the most popular recordings of the mid-20th century.  Born in New York City, Gormé made her first record fronting the Tommy Tucker Orchestra in 1950.  During her early years, Gormé worked with several big bands including that of the great Tex Beneke.  In 1953, she appeared on The Tonight Show with Steve Allen, which kicked her career into high gear.  She also met Lawrence who was also booked on the show that day.  The couple went on to become one of Las Vegas’ must enduring live acts while making countless television appearances and numerous albums.  She and Lawrence were presented with a Grammy in 1957 and Gormé earned a second one in 1967. Throughout her career, she released some 50 singles – solo and with Lawrence – many of which charted.  Her most popular recording was 1962’s “Blame It On The Bossa Nova.”  Gormé began blogging on her website in 2006 and continued to perform until she retired in 2009.  Eydie Gormé was 84 when she passed away on August 10, 2013.

Thanks to Harold Lepidus of Bob Dylan Examiner for the assist.

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Died On This Date (June 14, 1994) Henry Mancini / Oscar Winning Composer

Posted by themusicsover on June 14, 2010

Enrico “Henry” Mancini
April 16, 1924 – June 14, 1994

manciniHenry Mancini was a Grammy and Academy Award winning pianist, composer and conductor who was best known for his iconic Pink Panther theme and “Moon River” from Breakfast At Tiffany’s.   One of Mancini’s first gigs was as pianist and arranger for the 1946 version of the Glenn Miller Orchestra which, at the time, was being lead by Tex Beneke.   By the early ’50s, Mancini was in Hollywood working for such film companies as Universal Pictures where he worked on music for some 100 films.  He left about six years later and began working with film maker Blake Edwards for whom he’d score almost 30 films.  Mancini also scored numerous televisions shows and recorded nearly 100 albums, making him one of the most popular musicians of the Easy Listening idiom.  Mancini kept working until his death of pancreatic cancer in 1994.

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