R.I.P. Eydie Gorme

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Concert and recording superstar Eydie Gormé, who – performing everything from ballads to bossa nova with singing partner and husband Steve Lawrence – made an indelible impression on American audiences during the swingin’ ’60s, died Saturday afternoon in Las Vegas, her spokesman, Howard Bragman, tells PEOPLE. She was 84.

“Legendary singer and performer Eydie Gorme passed away peacefully today at Sunrise Hospital following a brief illness,” Bragman said in a statement. “She was surrounded by her husband, son and other loved ones at the time of her death.”

In his own statement, Steve Lawrence said: “Eydie has been my partner on stage and in life for more than 55 years. I fell in love with her the moment I saw her and even more the first time I heard her sing.”

He added: “While my personal loss is unimaginable, the world has lost one of the greatest pop vocalists of all time.”

A favorite on The Ed Sullivan Show, in showrooms in the Catskills and in Las Vegas – where they married on Dec. 29, 1957, and later took up permanent residence – as well as on stages, including Carnegie Hall, Steve and Eydie, as they were known, sang popular hits of the day, including Broadway standards, and exchanged pointed personal banter – all of which their audiences ate up. – People Magazine

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