Steve Lawrence's elder brother, Bernie, was also a singer. Both boys started out as Cantors in the synagogue.
Born Sidney Liebowitz, when Steve decided to sing professionally he needed a new name, one that didn't sound too Jewish. He chose Steve and Lawrence, because they were the names of his two nephews by his elder brother, Bernie.
Steve Lawrence gave away two of his biggest hit songs that became even bigger hits for ones that did the cover version. They were "Go Away Little Girl" by Donny Osmond and "I've Got To Be Me" by Sammy Davis, Jr.
Mr. Lawrence was stationed at Ft. Bragg at the same time as Elvis Presley. Surprisingly Steve won out over Elvis to achieve the title as Male Vocalist for the Army band.