Remembering Eydie Gorme
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.