Steve Lawrence
Steve Lawrence is an American
United States
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 singer and actor
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, perhaps best known as a member of a duo
Duet (music)
A duet is a musical composition for two performers. In classical music, the term is most often used for a composition for two singers or pianists; with other instruments, the word duo is also often used. A piece performed by two pianists performing together on the same piano is referred to as...

 with his wife Eydie Gormé
Eydie Gormé
Eydie Gormé is an American singer, specializing, with her husband, Steve Lawrence, in traditional pop music, in the form of ballads and breezy swing. She has earned numerous awards, including the Grammy and the Emmy...

, billed as "Steve and Eydie
Steve and Eydie
Steve and Eydie is the name of an American pop vocal duet, consisting of Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gormé. They have been a husband and wife team since they wed in 1957. Both have also had separate careers as solo singers. The performer name on their duet releases was denoted as "Steve and Eydie",...

". The two appeared together since appearing regularly on Steve Allen
Steve Allen (comedian)
Stephen Valentine Patrick William "Steve" Allen was an American television personality, musician, composer, actor, comedian, and writer. Though he got his start in radio, Allen is best known for his television career. He first gained national attention as a guest host on Arthur Godfrey's Talent...

's The Tonight Show
The Tonight Show
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in the mid-1950s until Gormé's retirement.

Personal life

Lawrence was born Sidney Liebowitz to Jewish parents in Brooklyn
Brooklyn is the most populous of New York City's five boroughs, with nearly 2.6 million residents, and the second-largest in area. Since 1896, Brooklyn has had the same boundaries as Kings County, which is now the most populous county in New York State and the second-most densely populated...

, Max, a cantor
A hazzan or chazzan is a Jewish cantor, a musician trained in the vocal arts who helps lead the congregation in songful prayer.There are many rules relating to how a cantor should lead services, but the idea of a cantor as a paid professional does not exist in classical rabbinic sources...

 and house painter, and Anna (née Gelb). He attended Thomas Jefferson High School
Thomas Jefferson High School (Brooklyn, New York)
Thomas Jefferson High School is a former high school in the East New York section of Brooklyn, New York. The New York City Department of Education closed the school and broke it into several different schools in 2007, owing to low graduation rates....



He and Gormé married on December 29, 1957 at the El Rancho Hotel
Thunderbird (resort)
The Thunderbird Hotel was a Paradise, Nevada, hotel and casino that operated from September 2, 1948 to July 6, 1992, and was the fourth resort to open on the Las Vegas Strip. The hotel was founded by developer Marion Hicks and attorney/Lieutenant Governor of Nevada Clifford A. Jones...

 in Las Vegas, Nevada
Las Vegas, Nevada
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. They had two sons, the younger of whom, Michael, died unexpectedly in 1986 of ventricular fibrillation
Ventricular fibrillation
Ventricular fibrillation is a condition in which there is uncoordinated contraction of the cardiac muscle of the ventricles in the heart, making them quiver rather than contract properly. Ventricular fibrillation is a medical emergency and most commonly identified arrythmia in cardiac arrest...

 resulting from an undiagnosed heart condition at the age of 23. Their elder son, David
David Nessim Lawrence
David N. Lawrence is an American musical composer known primarily for his work on television and movie scores. In 2002, he won an ASCAP Award for his work on American Pie 2...

, composed the score for High School Musical
High School Musical
High School Musical is a 2006 American television film, first in the High School Musical film franchise. Upon its release on January 20, 2006, it became the most successful film that Disney Channel Original Movie ever produced, with a television sequel High School Musical 2 released in 2007 and...


In the late 1950s, Steve Lawrence was drafted into the Army and served as the official vocal soloist with The United States Army Band "Pershing's Own"
United States Army Band
Founded in 1922, the United States Army Band – known as "Pershing's Own" – is the premier musical organization of the United States Army. Before 2002, the United States Army Band was the only Washington-based military band to have participated in a theater of foreign combat operations...

 in Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C.
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Lawrence had success on the record chart
Record chart
A record chart is a ranking of recorded music according to popularity during a given period of time. Examples of music charts are the Hit parade, Hot 100 or Top 40....

s in the late 1950s and early 1960s with such hits as "Go Away Little Girl
Go Away Little Girl
"Go Away Little Girl" is a popular song written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King. The lyrics consist of a young man asking an attractive young woman to stay away from him, so he won't be tempted to betray his steady girlfriend by kissing her...

" (U.S. #1), "Pretty Blue Eyes" (U.S. #9), "Footsteps" (U.S. #7), "Portrait of My Love" (U.S. #9), and "Party Doll
Party Doll
"Party Doll" is a 1957 rockabilly song written by Buddy Knox and Jimmy Bowen. It was performed by Buddy Knox with the Rhythm Orchids and became a hit on the Roulette label....

" (U.S. #5). "Go Away Little Girl" sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc
Music recording sales certification
Music recording sales certification is a system of certifying that a music recording has shipped or sold a certain number of copies, where the threshold quantity varies by type and by nation or territory .Almost all countries follow variations of the RIAA certification categories,...

. However, much of his musical career has centered on nightclubs and the musical stage. He is also an actor, appearing in guest roles on television shows in every decade since the 1950s, in shows such as The Danny Kaye Show
The Danny Kaye Show
The Danny Kaye Show is an American variety show hosted by Danny Kaye that aired on CBS from 1963 to 1967 on Wednesday nights. Directed by Robert Scheerer, the show premiered in black-and-white, but later switched to color broadcasts...

, The Judy Garland Show
The Judy Garland Show
The Judy Garland Show is an American musical variety television series that aired on CBS on Sunday nights during the 1963-1964 television season. Despite a sometimes stormy relationship with Judy Garland, CBS had found success with several television specials featuring the star...

, The Carol Burnett Show
The Carol Burnett Show
The Carol Burnett Show is a variety / sketch comedy television show starring Carol Burnett, Harvey Korman, Vicki Lawrence, Lyle Waggoner, and Tim Conway. It originally ran on CBS from September 11, 1967, to March 29, 1978, for 278 episodes and originated from CBS Television City's Studio 33...

, The Julie Andrews Hour
The Julie Andrews Hour
The Julie Andrews Hour is a television variety series starring Julie Andrews that was produced by ATV and distributed by ITC Entertainment. It aired on the ABC network in the United States....

, Night Gallery
Night Gallery
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, Police Story, Murder, She Wrote
Murder, She Wrote
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, Gilmore Girls
Gilmore Girls
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, and CSI
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is an American crime drama television series, which premiered on CBS on October 6, 2000. The show was created by Anthony E. Zuiker and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer...

. In the fall of 1965, Lawrence was briefly the star of a variety show
Variety show
A variety show, also known as variety arts or variety entertainment, is an entertainment made up of a variety of acts, especially musical performances and sketch comedy, and normally introduced by a compère or host. Other types of acts include magic, animal and circus acts, acrobatics, juggling...

 called The Steve Lawrence Show, "the last television show in black and white on CBS".

He and Gormé appeared together in the Broadway
Broadway theatre
Broadway theatre, commonly called simply Broadway, refers to theatrical performances presented in one of the 40 professional theatres with 500 or more seats located in the Theatre District centered along Broadway, and in Lincoln Center, in Manhattan in New York City...

Musical theatre
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 Golden Rainbow
Golden Rainbow
Golden Rainbow is the title of a Broadway musical that opened in 1968. It starred Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gormé for its entire run until it closed in early 1969....

, which ran from February 1968 until January 1969. Although the show was not a huge success (a summary of this experience is chronicled in unflattering detail in William Goldman
William Goldman
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's 1968 book The Season), the show contained the memorable song "I've Gotta Be Me
I've Gotta Be Me
"I've Gotta Be Me" is a popular song that first appeared in the Broadway musical Golden Rainbow, which starred Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gormé. The musical opened in New York City at the Shubert Theatre on February 4, 1968, and closed less than a year later, on January 11, 1969...

". This song was originally sung by Lawrence at the end of the first act of the musical; Sammy Davis, Jr.
Sammy Davis, Jr.
Samuel George "Sammy" Davis Jr. was an American entertainer and was also known for his impersonations of actors and other celebrities....

 would later record a version of the song that became a Top 40 hit in 1969.

In 1980, Lawrence was introduced to a new generation of fans with his portrayal of Maury Sline in The Blues Brothers
The Blues Brothers (film)
The Blues Brothers is a 1980 musical comedy film directed by John Landis and starring John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd as "Joliet" Jake and Elwood Blues, characters developed from a musical sketch on the NBC variety series Saturday Night Live. It features musical numbers by R&B and soul singers James...


He played Mark McCormick's father, Sonny Daye, in two episodes of Hardcastle and McCormick
Hardcastle and McCormick
Hardcastle and McCormick is a 1980s action/drama television series from Stephen J. Cannell Productions, shown on ABC from 1983–1986, starring Brian Keith as Judge Milton C. Hardcastle and Daniel Hugh Kelly as ex-con and race car driver Mark "Skid" McCormick.The show's premise involves the...

. In 1999, he appeared as the much talked about, but never before seen, Morty Fine, father of Fran Fine on the final episode of The Nanny
The Nanny
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Lawrence received a New York Drama Critics' Circle
New York Drama Critics' Circle
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 Award and a Tony Award
Tony Award
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 nomination for his performance as Sammy Glick in What Makes Sammy Run? on Broadway (1964), and two Emmy Awards, one for production for Steve & Eydie Celebrate Irving Berlin (1978).

With Gormé, he has been the recipient of two Emmies for Our Love is Here to Stay, a tribute to George
George Gershwin
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 and Ira Gershwin
Ira Gershwin
Ira Gershwin was an American lyricist who collaborated with his younger brother, composer George Gershwin, to create some of the most memorable songs of the 20th century....

; a "Best Performance By a Vocal Duo or Group" Grammy Award
Grammy Award
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 for We Got Us; a Film Advisory Board's Award of Excellence and a Television Critics Circle Award for From This Moment On, a tribute to Cole Porter
Cole Porter
Cole Albert Porter was an American composer and songwriter. Born to a wealthy family in Indiana, he defied the wishes of his domineering grandfather and took up music as a profession. Classically trained, he was drawn towards musical theatre...


The duo has also won a Las Vegas Entertainment Award for "Musical Variety Act of the Year" four times, three of them consecutively. They have been honoured with a lifetime achievement award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame
Songwriters Hall of Fame
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, and in 1995 were the recipients of an Ella Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Singers
Society of Singers
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, a non-profit organization that helps professional singers with counseling and financial assistance.

Single discography

Year Single Chart positions
Billboard Hot 100
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Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks
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Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs
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UK Singles Chart
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1952 "Poinciana" 21 -
1953 "How Many Stars Have To Shine" 26 -
1957 "The Banana Boat Song" 18 -
"Party Doll" 5 -
"(The Bad Donkey) Pum-Pa-Lum" 45 -
"Can't Wait For Summer" 42 -
"Fabulous" 71 -
"Fraulein" 54 -
1958 "Uh-Huh, Oh Yeah" 73 -
"Many a Time" 97 -
1959 "(I Don't Care) Only Love Me" 62 -
"Pretty Blue Eyes" 9 -
1960 "Footsteps" 7 - 4
"Girls, Girls, Girls" - - 49
1961 "Portrait of My Love" 9 -
"My Clair De Lune" 68 13
"In Time" 94 19
"Somewhere Along the Way" 67 16
1962 "Our Concerto" 107 -
"The Lady Wants To Twist" 120 -
"Go Away Little Girl" 1 1 14
1963 "Don't Be Afraid, Little Darlin'" 26 12
"Poor Little Rich Girl" 27 11
"More" 117 -
"I Want To Stay Here"† 28 8 3
"Walking Proud" 26 -
"I Can't Stop Talking About You"† 35 14
1964 "My Home Town" 106 -
"A Room Without Windows" 120 -
"Everybody Knows" 72 18
"Yet...I Know" 77 15
1965 "Bewitched..." 103 -
"I Will Wait For You" 113 -
"Last Night I Made a Little Girl Cry" 126 -
"Millions of Roses" 106 11
1966 "The Week-end" 131 24
"The Ballad of the Sad Young Men" - 36
1967 "The Honeymoon Is Over"† - 14
"Sweet Maria" - 23
"I've Gotta Be Me" - 6
1968 "The Two of Us"# - 33
"Runaround" - 27
1969 "Real True Lovin'"† 119 20
"The Drifter" - 14
1970 "Mama, a Rainbow" - 38
"(You're My) Soul & Inspiration"† - 21
"Groovin'" - 25
1971 "Love is Blue/Autumn Leaves"† - 37
1972 "Ain't No Sunshine/You Are My Sunshine" - 24
"We Can Make It Together (featuring the Osmonds)"† 68 7
1973 "Feelin'"† - 31
"The End (At the End of a Rainbow)" - 46
1975 "Now That We're In Love" - 16
1979 "Hallelujah"‡ - 46


† Steve & Eydie (Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme)

‡ Parker & Penny (Steve & Eydie)

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