Thursday, April 10, 2008

Ladies And Gentlemen, Eydie Gorme

I bought Eydie Gorme's Greatest Hits album at my favorite Goodwill the other day. She is one of those supremely talented vocalists who had no choice but to become a professional singer. It wouldn't have mattered if she had the potential to be the world's greatest doctor or the country's foremost expert on climatology. A voice like hers just can't be wasted on lullabys, karaoke or the occasional office talent show.

Plus she's funny. As a kid, I would get very excited when Eydie would appear on Merv, Dinah or Mike Douglas with her husband, Steve Lawrence. They did panel better than any singers out there.

Steve and Eydie had and still have great chemistry. Their mutual ball-busting is so obviously good-natured and fun to watch. I desperately wanted a marriage just like theirs when I grew up.

Take away the money and fame and I do have a marriage just like theirs! My husband and I are both standup comics... we work together, we live together, we travel together. People who know us say "Brian and Traci" as if we are one person much in the same way their fans say "Steve and Eydie."

Last December, Steve and Eydie celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. This December, my husband and I will celebrate our 20th. I can only hope that in 30 years "Brian and Traci" will still be performing together and living together and-- cue the sappy music-- laughing together.

And maybe in 2038 somebody will buy my greatest hits comedy CD at the Goodwill.

Here's Eydie singing the Mame showstopper "If He Walked Into My Life."

Here's Steve and Eydie's promo video. In case you aren't familiar with the pair, it'll give you a good idea of what they are all about.


Simon Jester said...

No worries there. I expect to get your CD at target by no later that 2022. (That's when I'll be looking for my humor book in the bargain bin.)

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