Ed Ames (b. July 9, 1927) is a highly acclaimed and veteran traditional pop singer and actor with an operatic baritone who became famous during the 1960s. As an actor, he is best known for co-starring as Mingo in the TV series, "Daniel Boone." Prior to going solo as a performing artist, he had served as the lead singer of the hugely popular 1950s sibling quartet, The Ames Brothers. Ames' best known songs include the nostalgic "Try To Remember" (1965), the romantic "My Cup Runneth Over" (1967), and the haunting Gregorian chant-styled protest song, "Who Will Answer?" (1967).
Born Edmund Dantes Urick in Malden, Massachusetts as the youngest of nine children, he began singing as a member of The Ames Brothers while still in high school. By the early 1960s, the famed sibling group had disbanded, and Ames relocated to New York to pursue a career in acting and appeared in a number of Broadway and other stage productions before joining the cast of "Daniel Boone" in 1964. While still with The Ames Brothers, he had made several recordings during the late 1950s under the name, Eddie Ames, and by 1965, he had resumed his solo singing career as Ed Ames on RCA Victor.
Ed Ames debuted in early 1965 with his cover of the "Try To Remember" (from the off-Broadway musical comedy, "The Fantasticks"). His fame took off beginning in late 1966 with "My Cup Runneth Over" (from the Broadway musical, "I Do! I Do!"), which topped the Adult Contemporary chart and made the Pop/Rock Top 10 the following year. He had two more #1 hits on the Adult Contemporary chart with "Time, Time" (1967) and "When The Snow Is On The Roses" (1967). His long string of hits, which continued through 1970 on both charts, also includes "Timeless Love" (1967), "Who Will Answer?" (1967), "Apologize" (1968), and "Son Of A Travelin' Man" (1969). Ames' final charting song came in 1970 with "Chippewa Town," a Top 40 Adult Contemporary chart hit.
Over his long and multi-faceted career, Ed Ames has continued to perform and record and has made numerous TV and stage appearances, as well as being a regular on a number of summer stock circuits. Along with Bing Crosby's "Do You Hear What I Hear," Ames stirring rendition of this Yuletide classic (from his 1967 album, "Christmas With Ed Ames") remains a perennial holiday favorite.
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