Steve Lawrence Releases Musical Valentine to Wife Eydie Gorme

It’s not every 78-year-old who releases a new album for Valentine’s Day – or has his friends Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood backing him up.

But, where showbiz is concerned, Steve Lawrence isn’t just any 78-year-old.

“To my knowledge, it’s over 50-something, and my first in 10 years, at least,” the familiar voice, calculating the number of albums he’s released since his first in 1953, tells PEOPLE from the home in Las Vegas he and his late wife Eydie Gorme shared since 1980.

Eydie Gormé Dies, Singing Legend Was 84

Concert and recording superstar Eydie Gormé, who – performing everything from ballads to bossa nova with singing partner and husband Steve Lawrence – made an indelible impression on American audiences during the swingin’ ’60s, died Saturday afternoon in Las Vegas, her spokesman, Howard Bragman, tells PEOPLE. She was 84.

“Legendary singer and performer Eydie Gorme passed away peacefully today at Sunrise Hospital following a brief illness,” Bragman said in a statement. “She was surrounded by her husband, son and other loved ones at the time of her death.”