( b. Aug 16, 1928 Bronx, New York, USA - d. Aug 10, 2013 Las Vegas, Nevada, USA ) Female
Gorme was a popular nightclub and television singer who performed as a solo act and as a team with her husband, Steve Lawrence.
Although usually recognized for her musical partnership with Mr. Lawrence, Ms. Gorme broke through on her own with the Grammy-nominated "Blame It on the Bossa Nova", The bouncy tune about a dance craze at the time was written by the Tin Pan Alley songwriting team of Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil.
Ms. Gorme, who was born in New York City to Sephardic Jewish parents, grew up speaking English and Spanish. When she and her husband were at the height of their career as a team in 1964, the president of Columbia Records, Goddard Lieberson, suggested she put that Spanish to use in the recording studio.
The result was "Amor" recorded with the Mexican combo Trio Los Panchos.
The song became a hit throughout Latin America, which resulted in more recordings for the Latino market, and Mr. Lawrence and Ms. Gorme performed as a duo throughout Latin America.
Source: New York Times obituary.
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