Edmund Dantes Urick, also known as Eddie Ames and popularly known as Ed Ames was an actor and pop singer based in America. Ed Ames was born in Malden, Massachusetts, America on July 9, 1927. He was son of Sarah and David Urick, who were originally Jewish and migrated from Ukraine to America.
Early life, career, and achievements:
Ames was the youngest of nine children of Jewish immigrants. He developed a passion for singing, performing in churches around town. From a very young age, their parents instilled a love for literature and music. Their mother taught them to read Shakespeare and appreciate the music broadcasts of the Metropolitan Opera on Saturdays. Ed Ames among his brothers went to New York City and formed their own music group band named Ames Brothers. The band Ames Brothers name was first suggested by Abe Burrows. In the beginning, they signed with Decca Records and released music in the year 1947. After that, they signed themselves with Coral Records, and In 1950, Ed Ames and his brothers Vic, Joe, and Gene achieved success with their rendition of “Rag Mop. They also released a popular hit single “Sentimental Me” in the era of 1950s, which turned out to be a major hit for the band. They later signed themselves with RA Victor Records and gave a lot of hits in the 1950s like “You, You, You”, “The Naughty Lady of Shady Lane”, and “It Only Hurts For a Little While”.
After so much of success through the band, yet the brothers decided to disband the Ames Brothers. The Ames Brothers had a total of 49 chart-topping songs before disbanding in 1963. Following the group’s disbandment, Ed Ames embarked on a successful solo career. He released several hits, including “Who Will Answer?”, “Try to Remember” and “My Cup Runneth Over.” In addition to his music career, Ames also began acting. In the 1960s, he studied at the Herbert Berghof Drama School in New York and starred in the Broadway show “Carnival.” He also appeared in other notable performances such as “The Fantasticks” and “The Crucible”being his first role produced by Arthur Miller’s.
One of his most prominent roles was in the Broadway production of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” where he acted alongside popular artists like Gene Wilder, William Daniels, and Kirk Douglas. Despite his Russian-Jewish heritage, Ames was usually cast as Native American characters during his acting career. He became well known for the portrayal of Mingo, a Cherokee Indian with a British father, in the Fess Parker Western series “Daniel Boone” for multiple seasons which was aired on NBC. Ames became famous for his ability to throw a tomahawk, which he demonstrated on “The Tonight Show” Starring Johnny Carson, which was aired on 27th April, 1965, hitting a wooden panel with a cowboy outline. Ames made surprising guest appearances on various TV shows, including “McCloud,” “The Rifleman,” “It’s Garry Shandling’s Show,” “Jake and the Fatman,” and “Murder, She Wrote.” Throughout his career, he demonstrated his versatility as a performer, excelling in both music and acting. Ames is married to his wife Jeanne, with two children: Ronald and Sonya, a stepson: Stephen Saviano, seven grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.
Sad News to the Fans:
Ed Ames, the youngest member of the popular 1950s singing group the Ames Brothers, has passed away at the age of 95 on May 21 from Alzheimer’s disease. In a recent interview on May 27, Ed Ames’ wife, Jeanne, expressed that he had lived a remarkable and wonderful life. News of Ed Ames’ passing saddened fans, and many expressed their grief by paying tribute to the late singer and actor on social media. Twitter users shared pictures, video clips, and beautiful memories of Ames, acknowledging his achievements and contributions to the entertainment industry. His incredible talent, memorable performances, and iconic moments will always be cherished by fans and remembered as part of his legacy.