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Ed Ames

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Malden, Boston MA, United States (1948 – present)

Ed Ames (born Edmund Dantes Urick on July 9, 1927) is an American popular singer and actor. He is best known for his Pop and Adult Contemporary hits of the 1960s like “When the Snow is on the Roses” and the perennial “My Cup Runneth Over.” He also was originally part of a popular singing group of 1950s called The Ames Brothers.

Ames was born in Malden, Massachusetts to Russian Jewish immigrant parents. He was one of nine children, five boys and four girls. Ames grew up in a poor household, but was educated in Classical and Opera music, as well as in Literature, such as Shakespeare. Ames was very athletic as a child and teenager, but he always knew that music would one day become his future destiny, as well as for his brothers; Gene, Mac, Vic and Joe. Together, while still in high school, the brothers formed a quartet and often won competitions around the Boston area in Massachusetts. Three of the brothers later formed the Amory Brothers quartet and went to New York, where they were hired by bandleader Art Mooney. Abe Burrows, a playwright entertainer at the time who helped the brothers along the way, had suggested the brothers change their names to the Ames Brothers.

They were first signed on with Decca Records in 1948. However, because of the Musician Union’s ban, their records from Decca were never released. Instead, they signed on with another label, Coral Records, a subsidiary of Decca. They had their first major hit in the 1950s with the double-sided “Ragg Mopp” and “Sentimental Me”. Following this, the Brothers continued to have success throughout the 50s with many hits like “It Only Hurts For a Little While”, “Man With The Banjo” and “The Naughty Lady of Shady Lane”.

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