Steve Lawrence is a name which has faded a bit with the passage of time. However, in the 1950s and 1960s, Lawrence (and his wife/partner Eydie Gorme) were mainstays on television. Their legacy in the music industry, as well on television, is one which should be remembered. Steve Lawrence is celebrating a birthday today. The legendary crooner turns 83 today.
Steve Lawrence first rose to stardom as one of the vocalists (along with Andy Williams and soon-to-be wife Gorme) on the first iteration of the Tonight Show, hosted by Steve Allen. The clip below shows a very young Lawrence and Gorme (they enter at the 46 second mark) as well as the rest of the Tonight Show crew performing a one-take musical number that boggles the mind when remembering this was a world of live TV.
Lawrence and Gorme married in the late 1950s and made a name for themselves primarily as a duo. In a popular culture which had no shortage of variety shows to make the rounds, they worked steadily deep into the 1970s. The music was never “cool”, especially as their popularity coincided with the rise of rock and roll in the late 1950s. Had they been probably ten years older, Steve and Eydie would have been a hugely popular act.
Check out the clip montage below:
While he was always quick to give his wife praise as the strength of the act (Eydie was by far the stronger singer), Lawrence had a strong solo career in his own right throughout the 1960s and 1970s. He had his biggest solo hit when his single “Go Away Little Girl” hit number one on the charts in 1962.
Viewers might recognize Steve Lawrence from his solo appearance in both The Blues Brothers and Blues Brothers 2000. Steve and Eydie had a blink and you miss it cameo in the 2011 remake of Oceans 11.
Eydie passed away in 2013, and Steve Lawrence has largely stepped back from performing. If you are at all a fan of 40s and 50s era music, make sure you check out Steve and Eydie.