Eydie Gorme passed away today at the age of 84. I thought that in memory, I'd link to an article here that I wrote about a song she and her husband Steve Lawrence recorded, "Hallelujah," but under assumed names, "Parker and Penny," because they believed that radio stations would play a single with their names attached.
In 1968, Eydie and Steve also starred in a Broadway musical together, Golden Rainbow, about a hotel/casino in Las Vegas, with a score by Walter Marks. It wasn't a particular hit, though did have a respectable run of 383 performances, almost a year. This is a medley of two songs from the show, when the performers co-hosted the Hollywood Palace TV program the year in November, 1967. She sings the first number, "How Could I Be So Wrong," and he then follows with the big breakout hit that came from the show, recorded by Sammy Davis Jr., that reached #11 on the charts. One of those big, mega-power ballad extravaganzas.
Robert J. Elisberg is a two-time recipient of the Lucille Ball Award for comedy screenwriting. He's written for film, TV, the stage, and two best-selling novels, and is a regular columnist for the Huffington Post and the Writers Guild of America. Among his other writing, he has a long-time column on technology (which he sometimes understands), and co-wrote a book on world travel. As a lyricist, he is a member of ASCAP, and has contributed to numerous publications.
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