Obituaries: Eydie Gorme, Jody Payne - Willie Nelson Guitarist

By: AP
By: AP
Eydie Gorme, popular singer, dies at 84... Jody Payne, Willie Nelson guitarist, dies at 77...

Steve Lawrence with wife Eydie Gorme (courtesy Wikipedia)

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Eydie Gorme (gor-MAY'), a popular nightclub and television singer as a solo act and as a team with husband Steve Lawrence, has died. She was 84.
Gorme had a huge solo hit in 1963 with "Blame it on the Bossa Nova." Her publicist, Howard Bragman, says she died at a Las Vegas hospital Saturday following an undisclosed illness.
Gorme was a successful band singer and nightclub entertainer when she was invited to join the cast of Steve Allen's New York television show in 1953.
She sang solos and also did duets and comedy skits with Lawrence, a rising young singer who had joined the show a year earlier. When the program became NBC's "Tonight Show" in 1954, the young couple went along.
They married in Las Vegas in 1957 and later performed there.

STAPLETON, Ala. (AP) -- Jody Payne, a guitarist who toured with Willie Nelson for more than three decades, has died. He was 77.
Baldwin County Coroner Stan Zinson says Payne died at 5:12 a.m. Saturday at a hospital from cardiac problems. He says Payne got up early in his house in Stapleton, Ala., feeling ill, and his wife called an ambulance.
He says Payne had a long history of cardiac problems.
According to a 2011 profile in The Mobile Press-Register, Payne toured with Nelson from 1973 to 2008. He retired to Stapleton, with his wife Vicki. There he continued playing music, teaching the guitar at a local music store.
A post on Willie's Nelson's Facebook page about Payne's death said, "Our friend will be missed."

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