Steve Lawrence (born July 8, 1935) is an American singer and actor, perhaps best known as a member of a duo with his wife Eydie Gorme, billed as "Steve and Eydie". The two appeared together since appearing regularly on Steve Allen's The Tonight Show in the mid-1950s until Gorme's retirement. Lawrence was born Sidney Liebowitz to Jewish parents in Brooklyn, Max, a cantor and house painter, and Anna (nee Gelb). He attended Thomas Jefferson High School. He and Gorme married on December 29, 1957 at the El Rancho Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. They had two sons, the younger of whom, Michael, died unexpectedly in 1986 of ventricular fibrillation resulting from an undiagnosed heart condition at the age of 23. Their elder son, David, composed the score for High School Musical. In the late 1950s, Steve Lawrence was drafted into the Army and served as the official vocal soloist with The United States Army Band "Pershing's Own" in Washington, D.C.
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