Eydie gained crossover success in the Latin music market and internationally through a series of albums she made in Spanish with the famed Trio Los Panchos. Eydie’s first recording with Los Panchos came about after the popular group from Mexico, then composed of Alfredo Gil, Chucho Navarro and Johnny Albino, saw her perform at Manhattan’s Club Copacabana late in 1963. The chanteuse had just achieved international fame with Blame it on Bossa Nova, which sold 250,000 copies in Spanish in addition to the English sales. Los Panchos were the top bolero singers in Latin America at the time, so when the Mexican stars suggested a recording, Columbia supported the idea and soon the 12 songs were selected and recorded.
In 1964, the label released the album, Amor, which spent 22 weeks on the charts. One of the songs, Sabor a Mí, became closely identified with Gormé and emerged as one of her signature tunes. An early video of her rendition of this classic exists here. The disc was later reissued 18 times, with various names including as Eydie Gormé Canta en Español con el Trio Los Panchos; it remains the top-performing album in her oeuvre on iTunes. In 1965, a sequel appeared called More Amor (later reissued as Cuatro Vidas). Her last album with Los Panchos was a 1966 Christmas collection, Navidad Means Christmas, later reissued as Blanca Navidad. Gormé also recorded other Spanish albums in her career, including the Grammy-nominated La Gormé (1976), a contemporary outing. The 1977 release Muy Amigos/Close Friends, a duet collection with Puerto Rican singer Danny Rivera, also received a Grammy nomination.
Video: Eydie Gormé – Medley de Armando Manzanero
feat: Roberto Carlos
feat: Steve Lawrence