Ed Ames Age, Family, Career, Albums, Singles, Nationality

Ed Ames or Edmund Dantes Urick is an American popular singer and actor. He is known for playing Mingo in the television series Daniel Boone, and for his pop hits of the 1960s including “My Cup Runneth Over”, “Whom Will Answer?” and “When the Snow is on the Roses”. Together with his siblings, Ed Ames was popular in the 1950s. The band was known as The Ames Brothers.

Ed Ames Age and Early Childhood

Ames was born on July 9, 1927, Malden, Massachusetts, to Jewish parents Sarah (Zaslavskaya) and David Urick (Eurich), who had emigrated from Ukraine. He was the youngest of nine children, five boys, and four girls. In addition to that, he is currently at 91 years old.

Ames grew up in a poor household. He attended the Boston Latin School and was educated in Classical and Opera music, as well as literature. In high school, Ames and his brothers formed a four group band which they won several competitions in the Boston area.

Three of the brothers later formed the Amory Brothers quartet and went to New York City, where they were hired by bandleader Art Mooney. With the suggestion of Playwright Abe Burrows, the brothers changed the name to Ames Brothers. Also, he helped them in the New York World.

Ed Ames Family

Ames is married to Jeanne Arnold. The two got married in 1998. Prior to Jeanne’s marriage, Ames had another wife. Sara Cacheiro was Ed Ames’ first wife. They were married in 1947 lasting until 1970. In addition to that, Sara and Ames had three children. These are Linda Urick, Ronald Urick, and Sonya Urick.

Ed Ames Career

Ames in Music

The Ames Brothers were first signed on with Decca Records in 1947, but because of the Musician Union’s ban in 1948, Decca only released three singles by the brothers and one backing Russ Morgan. As the ban was ending, they signed on with another label, Coral Records, a subsidiary of Decca.

They had their debut major hit in the 1950s which was a collaboration with double-sided “Rag Mop” and “Sentimental Me”. Later, The Ames signed in with RCA Victor records this time success following them much more. The famous hits like “It Only Hurts For a Little While”, “You, You, You”, and “The Naughty Lady of Shady Lane”(1950s). The brothers made regular appearances on network television variety programs, and in 1955 briefly had an a15-minute show of their own.

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Ed Ames after meeting the former Defense Secy Donald Rumsfeld

Ames in the acting career

In the early 1960s, the Ames Brothers disbanded, and Ed Ames, pursuing a career in acting. He studied at the Herbert Berghof School. His first starring role was in an Off-Broadway production of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, going on to starring performances in The Fantasticks off-Broadway and Carnival! In touring, Ames was part of the national touring company of Carnival.

Ames’ dark complexion and sharp facial features led to his being cast regularly as a Native American. In the Broadway production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Ed played Chief Bromden, opposite Kirk Douglas.

Talent scouts at 20th Century Fox saw Ames in the production and invited him to play the Cherokee tribesman. He played Mingo on the NBC television series as Daniel Boone, with Fess Parker, Patricia Blair, Darby Hinton, and Veronica Cartwright. His character’s father was an English officer, the Fourth Earl of Dunmore, played in the show by the eminent actor Walter Pidgeon.

In that show, Mingo was the Earl’s eldest son and thus entitled to claim the title as the fifth Earl. However, he decides in preference to remaining part of the Cherokee nation. In an episode of Season One, Ames also portrayed Mingo’s evil twin brother, Taramingo. Ames’ main character was actually named Caramingo but went by Mingo throughout the entire series.

Ames played a Mexican bandit in 1962 The Rifleman episode and guest-starred as Kennedy in 1963. The episode was “The Day of the Pawnees, Part 2” on ABC’s. Also, The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters, together with the title role as Kurt Russell. On Richard Egan’s NBC series(Redigo), Ed played the guest-starring(1963).

Ed Ames “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson”

While playing Mingo on television, Ames developed some skill in throwing a tomahawk. This led to one of the most memorable moments of his career when he appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson on April 27, 1965. The two took time to discuss the Ames’ tomahawk abilities to throw. Explaining how he would hit the target, Carson gave Ames a chance to show the talent.

When Ames agreed, his first display materials were a wood panel with a chalk outline of a cowboy. As the studio band played a bar of the Adventures of Pow Wow theme, Ames proceeded to throw the tomahawk, which hit the “cowboy” square in the groin with the handle pointing upward. This led to a very long burst of laughter from the audience, which has been called the longest sustained laugh by a live audience in television history.

Ames prior target was to retrieve the tomahawk. However, Carson objected to the idea, supporting the situation for the humor. Carson made an ad that read “I didn’t even know you were Jewish!” and “Welcome to Frontier Bris.” Ames then asked Carson if he would like to take a turn throwing, to which Carson replied: “I can’t hurt him any more than you did.” Being a favorite to Carson, the clip was a blooper in specials of the television and also Carson’s annual highlight show.

Ed Ames Summer stock

Later in his career, Ames became a fixture on the Kenley Players circuit, headlining in Shenandoah (1976, 1979, 1986), Fiddler on the Roof (1977), South Pacific (1980), Camelot (1981), and Man of La Mancha (1984).

 Ed Ames Singing career

Ames recorded under the name “Eddie Ames” while still with the Ames Brothers, releasing the single “Bean Song (Which Way To Boston?)” in January 1957. In 1960 is when Ames did a come back to singing as a solo artist. His debut single was under the RCA Victor sign, “Try to Remember”(1965).

However, the song did not hit the charts in comparison to his later song, “My Cup Runneth Over”(1967). Describing the song, it is an adult radio hit and a pop hit. However, in his story, Ed dropped the pop hits and did adult contemporary hits. This time doing the “Time, Time”, “When the Snow Is on the Roses”, and “Timeless Love” among others.

For the Pop Top Twenty chat, “Who Will Answer” song was in the chat(1968). His single “Apologize” ranked at number 47 in the Canadian RPM Magazine hot single chart. Ames’s distinctive baritone is a regular radio presence during the Christmas season, as well, thanks to his version of “Do You Hear What I Hear?” The song received its best-selling treatment from Bing Crosby in 1962, but Ames’ version, recorded a few years later, is infrequent holiday rotation.

Ames sang the “Ballad of the War Wagon” in the John Wayne/Batjac Productions movie, The War Wagon in 1967.

Ed Ames Albums

  • Try to Remember, RCA Victor 2781, 1963
  • The Ed Ames Album, RCA Victor 2944, 1964
  • My Kind of Songs, RCA Victor 3390, 1965
  • It’s a Man’s World, RCA Victor 3460, 1966
  • More I Cannot Wish You, RCA Victor 3636, 1966
  • My Cup Runneth Over, RCA Victor 3774, 1967
  • Time, Time, RCA Victor 3834, 1967
  • Christmas with Ed Ames, RCA Victor 3838, 1967
  • When the Snow Is on the Roses, RCA Victor 3913, 1968
  • Who Will Answer?, RCA Victor 3961, 1968
  • Apologize, RCA Victor 4028, 1968
  • The Hits of Broadway and Hollywood, RCA Victor 4079, 1968
  • A Time For Living, A Time For Hope, RCA Victor 4128, 1969
  • The Windmills of Your Mind RCA Victor 4172, 1969
  • The Best of Ed Ames, RCA Victor 4184, 1969
  • Love of the Common People, RCA Victor 4249, 1969
  • Sing Away The World, RCA Victor LSP-4381, 1970
  • This is Ed Ames, RCA VPS-6023, 2 Record Set, 1970
  • Christmas is the Warmest Time of the Year, RCA Victor LSP-4385, 1970
  • Sings the Songs of Bacharach and David, RCA Victor LSP-4453, 1971
  • Somewhere My Love RCA Camden CAS 2598, 1972
  • Ed Ames, RCA Victor LSP-4634, 1972
  • Ed Ames Remembers Jim Reeves, RCA Victor LSP-4683, 1972
  • Songs From Lost Horizon and Themes From Other Movies, RCA Victor LSP-4808, 1972
  • Who Will Answer/My Cup Runneth Over, Collectables COL-2704, 1997
  • The Very Best Of Ed Ames, Taragon TARCD-1070, 2000
  • The Very Best Of Ed Ames, RCA/BMG 07863 69394-2, 2001

Ed Ames Singles

Year Single Chart Positions Album
1965 “Try To Remember” 17 73 83 39 Try to Remember
1967 “My Cup Runneth Over” 1 8 8 9 34 My Cup Runneth Over
“Time, Time” 1 61 66 Time, Time
“Timeless Love” 2 109 When the Snow Is On the Roses
“When the Snow is on the Roses” 1 98 97
1968 “Who Will Answer?” 6 19 14 6 71 Who Will Answer and Other Songs of our Time
“Apologize” 10 79 66 47 Apologize
“All My Love’s Laughter” 12 122 106
“Kiss Her Now” 22 77 The Hits of Broadway and Hollywood
1969 “Changing, Changing” 11 130 112 A Time For Living, A Time For Hope
“Son of a Travelin’ Man” 21 92 94 61 The Windmills of Your Mind
“Think Summer” (with Marilyn Maye) 17
“Leave Them a Flower” 19 Love of the Common People
“Thing Called Love” 21 115
1970 “Three Good Reasons” 38 Sing Away the World
“Chippewa Town” 36