She was one of my faves. Such a voice!
Oh, I know... the pain is very real for me, although I know she would say that" "It was just one of those things"....
i think i wore my eydie albums out.i don't take these deaths well.
How long until the very last Mike Douglas Show guest up and leaves us? All too sad...
You really summed it up, Muscato.
I was fortunate enough to see one of the very last shows she and Steve performed at the Stardust before it was demolished. Even well into her 70s, her voice was emotive and powerful. An evening I'll cherish forever, along with her "Blame It on the Bossa Nova" album (among many others).
What an awesome memory, thanks for sharing it!
She really was a treasure.They both did great work, consistently.
I got to see the two of them twice in the late 90's, and in their element -- at the late lamented Concorde Resort Hotel in the Catskills in the Borscht Belt.From the opening act (a comic named Jackie Starr to whom nobody listened, poor guy), right through to Steve's most rousing (to that crowd, anyway) number, "Can't Go Left, Can't Go Right" sung in Yiddish, it was a kind of entertainment that no longer exists.Eydie sang the hell out of every number (in a series of truly awful gowns, God bless 'er), and laughed at Steve's marital double entendres as if she HADN'T been hearing them for decades. I had always wanted to see her do a sophisticated chanteuse act in a chic NYC supper club, but I realized that this was who she was, and it worked like gangbusters, so why mess with it?I thought at the time that the audience didn't sufficiently appreciate what an incredible vocalist she was -- that amazing 3 octave slide/jump at the end of "I'll Take Romance" for example -- but they got what they came for and they had a ball.There will never be anyone like her again...
I've been so funked out today... my first memory of Eydie is from The Carol Burnett Show - and to me they all represent that great generation of performers that came in right after the vaudeville entertainers and the band singers - and for a brief but glorious time they were all performing side by side on those variety shows - they were influenced and guided by real professionals. Eydie lives her lyric - she's not acting - watch her face - it's happening right then. I fear an art was lost along with fabulous Eydie.
Of course I've been thinking about you! And you are very right about Eydie. One good thing about living in the digital age is the availability of clips from these old shows, via DVD and of course YouTube. Variety shows were seldom in rerun (Carol Burnett and Ed Sullivan aside), and many specials were shown once and never again. Who knows what that means to younger generations, but at least ours can revisit these great performances, and perhaps be inspired all over again.
Strange...I knew that she had retired because of poor health, but I always felt that she would make one last hurrah before leaving us. (She [and Steve] attended a birthday party for Marilyn Maye in NYC this past April, and looked great.) I can only hope that, with her passing, more of her music will become widely available for those less acquainted with her, or not at all -- as wonderful as she is in the variety show clips with Steve, or belting out brassy Broadway tunes, her earliest albums are wonderful examples of completely controlled, nuanced, beautifully sung and arranged Great American Songbook standards.
I heartily agree. She really did have a great instrument and played it like a virtuoso, at least at the beginning. More of her work needs to be released in digital formats.
RIP Senorita Gormé - gone to Fabulon. Very sad... Jx