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Eydie, shown here moments before poking someone’s eye out.

One half of the duo Steve and Eydie and singer of “Blame it on the Bossa Nova,” Eydie Gorme, died at the spry age of 84.

In the 50s and 60s, Steve and Eydie were known for clinging onto the standards for dear life wile rock-n-roll sprung up all around them.  This earned them the reputation for being the cheesy lounge singers that they were.

They started out as cast members of the Tonight Show with Steve Allen.  Steve Allen!  That’s how old Steve and Eydie are!

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What, these guys? Cheesy? No way.

Their career hit a high note in 1996 when Tiny Tim covered their song “I Want to Stay Here” on his album, “Girl.”  You can buy this album on Amazon for only $74.98.  Seriously.  $74.98.  For Tiny Tim.  On cassette!  What is wrong with this world?

Steve and Eydie became a standard punch line for cheesy entertainment.  From greats like Krusty the Clown to Dean Martin roasts, they were the toast of nowhere.

But they did do a great cover of Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ujK-bYBhAZk

Early autopsy reports blame Gorme’s death on the Bossa Nova.

This hit goes to: Joanne!   Joanne now has 100 points, which means that she is a mere 20 points behind The New Dick in Town!  So, if the Vic Damone dies this year, Joanne will be tied with NDIT!

Happy pooling,

SPMI

Current Standings:

Babysitter – 140 (Clive Dunn – 10, Ravi Shankar – 10, Margaret Thatcher – 20, Chi Cheng – 60, Pat Summerall – 20, Douglas Englebart – 20)

Dawn-n-Mike – 140 (Oscar Niemeyer – 0, Norman Joseph Woodland – 10,Patti Page – 20, Reg Presley – 30, Hugo Chavez – 50, Frank Thornton – 10 – George Jones – 20)

The New Dick in Town – 120 – (Jack Klugman – 10, Mindy McCready – 70, Jonathan Winters – 20, Jeanne Cooper – 20)

Joanne – 100 – (Freddy Schmidt – 10, Robert Bork – 20, C. Everett Koop – 10, Moon Mullen – 10, Virgil Trucks – 10, Dr. Joyce Brothers – 20, Eydie Gorme‏

– 20)

Gianna – 100 – (Lucille Bliss – 10, Bonnie Franklin – 40, E. L. Konigsburg – 20, Deanna Durbin – 10, Margaret Pellegrini – 20)

Team Sushi – 90 – (Conrad Bain – 20, Roger Ebert – 30, Deacon Jones – 30, Helen Thomas – 10)

Tailgating with Jesus – 70 – (Marvin Miller – 10, Earl Weaver – 20, Jerry Buss – 20, Gus Triandos – 20)

“Imaginary” Steve – 60 (Al Neuharth – 20, Ken Venturi – 20, Art Donovan – 20)

Sean P. McFeeley I – 50 – (Patty Andrews – 10, Dick Trickle – 30, Jean Stapleton – 10)

Council of Geeks – 50 (Richard Griffiths – 40, Ray Harryhausen – 10)

Jami – 50 – (Larry Hagman – 20, Annette Funicello – 30)

The Girl on Fire – 50 – (Dear Abby – 10, Ed Koch – 20, Milo O’Shea – 20)

Nikki the Bad-Ass – 10 – (Stan Musial – 10)

“Sister” Mary Sheila – 10 (Lee MacPhail – 10)

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