The Ames Brothers, were born in Malden, Massachusetts in the 1920s to Russian Jewish immigrants from the Ukraine as the Urick brothers. They became the Ames Brothers, Vic, Joe, Gene & Ed and offered a harmony few could match during their decade of Hit Parade chart toppers in the 1950s.
Early in their career that began in Boston nightclubs, they soon had a recording contract with Coral records. It was not until 1950, however, that their two sided #1 hit “Rag Mop,” and “Sentimental Me” brought them to the attention of most Americans.
Next came “Undecided,” “Can Anyone Explain,” “Hawaiian War Chant,” “The Man with the Banjo,” “You, You, You,” “It Only Hurts for a Little While,” “The Naughty Lady of Shady Lane,” “My Bonnie Lassie,” “Tammy,” “Melodie D’Amour,” and “A Very Precious Love.”
On his own Ed Ames had a successful run as an actor on Broadway, on the Daniel Boone TV series and as a regular on the Johnny Carson TV show. His “My Cup Runneth Over” was a top ten hit in 1967.
The Ames Brothers performed in most major night clubs from Ciro’s in Hollywood to the Roxy Theatre in New York, and appeared as regular TV guests of Milton Berle, Perry Como, Jackie Gleason, and Ed Sullivan. Billboard magazine named them Best Vocal group of 1958. In 2007 the Ames Brothers were nominated at the Hit Parade Hall of Fame.