“No punk, no funk, no rock, no schlock” – the legacy of Eydie Gorme

 

 

We are saddened to hear that Eydie Gorme died Saturday. She would have turned 85 next Friday. She and her husband Steve Lawrence were at the core of middle-of-the-road radio formats during the 1960s, with their brand of music that they described as, “no punk, no funk, no rock, no schlock.”

Although Eydie is best remembered for her hit single “Blame It on the Bossa Nova” (her only top-10 on the pop chart), she had many hits on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart (formerly known as the Easy Listening and the Middle-Road Singles chart) with such hits as:

  • If He Walked Into My Life
  • Don’t Go to Strangers
  • Softly, as I Leave You
  • Tonight I’ll Say a Prayer
  • How Could I Be so Wrong (from Golden Rainbow)
  • What I Did for Love (from A Chorus Line)
  • What Did I Have That I Don’t Have (from On a Clear Day)

Read Bob Thomas’s very complete article about the singer:

Eydie Gorme Dead: Legendary Singer Dies At 84

 

 

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