| Eydie Gorme, a vocalist whose family tree has international roots - Spain, Turkey, France and The Bronx - decided some years ago, when she had never left home, that it was time she traveled somewhere. A logical girl, she got herself a job with an export firm but, alas, didn't get exported.
So she switched jobs and, a year later, as vocalist for the Tex Beneke band, she has been in every major city in the U.S. traveling an average of 300 miles a day. Since then, she's been going other places, too.
Eydie's recording of "Frenesi" earned a lot of attention on the disc jockey circuit. Steve Allen heard it and invited her to appear on his show. "The Allen show was local then," says Eydie. "I thought no one outside New York would hear of me, and I hesitated because I didn't want to be tied down for 13 weeks."
Two-and-a-half years later, Eydie is still on the Allen show, now on the NBC network, and she's heard about in places she never knew existed.
Rather sadly, the 23-year-old songstress reports that she has little time for dating. When she isn't warbling on Allen's Tonight, she's appearing at a night club.
"I can't afford to turn down anything important," she explains. "And at this stage of my career everything is important."