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Award-Winning Singer Passes Away At 88

Steve Lawrence, renowned as a leading figure in the easy-listening music genre and celebrated for his rise to stardom, passed away on Thursday at the age of 88.

Lawrence’s death occurred at his home in Los Angeles, with complications from Alzheimer’s disease being cited as the cause of death by Susan DuBow, a representative for the family who told Variety.

Lawrence was an American singer and actor, well-known for his work in the easy-listening and pop music genres during the mid-20th century. He gained fame both as a solo artist and as part of the duo “Steve and Eydie” alongside his wife, Eydie Gormé.

The couple was celebrated for their performances and recordings, which often featured romantic ballads and popular standards. Lawrence also had a successful career on television and in theater, appearing in various shows, specials, and occasionally on Broadway. His smooth voice and polished demeanor made him a favorite among audiences, particularly during the 1950s and 1960s.

Beyond his musical career, Steve Lawrence also made notable contributions to television and film. He appeared on numerous TV shows, both as a guest and a host, and his acting roles spanned from dramatic to comedic, showcasing his versatility.

Lawrence was known for his appearances on variety shows, including “The Carol Burnett Show” and “The Tonight Show.” He also participated in game shows and had guest spots on series like “Murder, She Wrote” and “The Love Boat.”

In addition to his performances with Eydie Gormé, which included memorable songs like “Go Away Little Girl” and “This Could Be the Start of Something Big,” Lawrence enjoyed a successful solo career. He released several hit singles and albums that found favor with the public and critics alike. His smooth voice and sophisticated style made him a symbol of the era’s popular music scene.

Lawrence’s contributions to the entertainment industry were recognized with awards and accolades, including Grammy nominations and a Grammy win shared with Eydie Gormé for their performance. His legacy is not only in the music and performances he left behind but also in the way he helped to define a period of American entertainment with his talent, charm, and professionalism.