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Remembering Eydie Gorme

by Judy Cantor-Navas

Remembering Eydie Gorme

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Eydie Gorme was best known to U.S. audiences for swinging with her husband, Steve Lawrence. But the songstress, who died on August 10 at age 84, was also a legend in Latin America. A bilingual, Sephardic Jewish girl from New York, Gorme first recorded in Spanish in 1964 with Mexico's Trio Los Panchos. That song, "Amor," was a hit, leading to many more Spanish recordings and a pioneering crossover career that produced beloved versions of standards like "Sabor a Mi," "Contigo en la Distancia" and "Esta Tarde Vi Llover." Her recordings with Trio Los Panchos would outsell her popular English albums, and she even had her own Spanish-language radio show, "Cita con Eydie," broadcast to Latin America by Voice of America. The great Eydie Gorme has gone, but her voice lives on in these songs, a legacy that resounds with generations of Spanish speakers and global Latin music lovers.

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