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LAWRENCE, Steve

(b Steven Leibowitz, 8 July '35, Brooklyn, NY) Singer. On Steve Allen's Tonight show on TV from '54; met Eydie Gormé there (married '57); they became and remain a popular club act. He also writes ('Two On The Aisle' his best-known song); appeared on Broadway in What Makes Sammy Run? '64; did not do badly battling the rockers in charts: 21 Hot 100 entries '57--64 incl. pop covers on Coral (version of Buddy Knox's 'Party Doll' made no. 5), top ten hits '59--61: 'Pretty Blue Eyes' and 'Footsteps' on ABC, 'Portrait Of My Love' on UA, 'Go Away Little Girl' was no. 1 for two weeks '62. His chart LPs incl. cleverly conceived Academy Award Losers '64 (great songs that didn't win) with Billy May, Everybody Knows and The Steve Lawrence Show '67, all on Columbia. Steve and Eydie had TV show '59, he had his own show '65. For their duo work see Eydie's entry.