We’ve Lost One of the Greatest

(StraightShooterNews.com) – Marking a tragic loss for his family and fans across the country, music legend Steve Lawrence passed away at the age of 88.

As disclosed in a press release, Lawrence’s death reportedly came following “complications due to Alzheimer’s disease” and leaves behind a legacy through his son David, daughter-in-law Faye, granddaughter Mabel, brother Bernie and a host of extended family members.

Reflecting on his father’s impact, David remarked, “My dad was an inspiration to so many, but, to me, he was just this charming, handsome, hysterically funny guy who sang a lot. Sometimes alone and sometimes with his insanely talented wife.”

Celebrated for being part of the musical duo Steve and Eydie alongside his late spouse Eydie Gormé, Lawrence was also renowned for his single “Go Away Little Girl,” which topped Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart in 1963 and was later revived by Donny Osmond in 1971.

Born Sidney Liebowitz in 1935 in Brooklyn, New York, Lawrence’s passion for singing was nurtured by his father, a cantor at their local synagogue and his journey in the entertainment industry began in 1953 when he joined Steve Allen’s New York late-night show as a singer, where he met Gormé. Their bond led to a fruitful partnership, both professionally and personally, end resulted in their marriage in 1957 in Las Vegas.

The couple, who initially performed individually on The Tonight Show, began billing themselves as a duo after getting married, which led to decades of success in Las Vegas and beyond by sticking to their musical roots despite the evolving music landscape.

Throughout his well-known career, Lawrence released an array of albums, both solo and with Gormé, and achieved 14 hits on Billboard’s Hot 100 including the memorable “Go Away Little Girl” and “Footsteps.”

Additionally, Lawrence’s acting selection included roles in The Blues Brothers and its sequel, Blues Brothers 2000, and The Nanny, among others. He also cherished a close friendship with Frank Sinatra, with whom he toured during Sinatra’s final Diamond Jubilee World Tour.

Living with Gormé until her death in 2013, Lawrence’s family includes their son David, a celebrated composer, and Michael, who passed away in 1986. In 2019, Lawrence shared his Alzheimer’s diagnosis and expressed gratitude for the medical interventions that managed to slow the progression of the disease.

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