Who Will Answer Ed Ames

Who Will Answer Ed Ames

Who Will Answer Ed Ames

Who Will Answer Ed Ames, burning question,”Who am I?” (private joke, but I always wanted to say it, but since this is my website, and I’m using my MacBook Pro, then I can only type it.).


Ed Ames

Ed Ames (birthed Edmund Dantes Urick; July 9, 1927) is an American popular singer and actor| star. He is recognized for playing Mingo in the tv series Daniel Boone, as well as for his pop hits of the 1960s consisting of My Cup Runneth Over, Who Will Answer? and also When the Snow is on the Roses. He was also part of the popular 1950s singing group with his siblings, The Ames Brothers.
Ed Ames


Who Will Answer Ed Ames

Ed Ames

Background Information

Birth Name

Edmund Dantes Urick


July 9, 1927 (age 92).


Malden, Massachusetts, USA.




{Singer| Vocalist}, {actor| star}.

Years Active

1955 present.


Decca, Coral, RCA Victor.

Associated Act

Ames Brothers.

Early Life And Career

Ames was born in Malden, Massachusetts, to Jewish parents Sarah(Zaslavskaya) as well as David Urick (Eurich), that had emigrated from Ukraine. He was the youngest of nine children, five boys and also four girls.
Ames grew up in a poor family. He went to the Boston Latin School and also was educated in Classical and Opera music, along with literature.
While still in high school, the brothers formed  a quartet as well as frequently won competitions around the Boston area. Three of the brothers later on formed the Amory Brothers quartet and also went to New York City, where they were employed by bandleader Art Mooney. Playwright Abe Burrows aided the brothers along the waysuggesting the siblings change their band‘s name to the Ames Brothers.
The Ames Brothers were first signed on with Decca Records in 1947, however as a result of the Musician Union‘s restriction in 1948, Decca only released three singles by the brothers and also one backing Russ Morgan. As the restriction was endingthey signed on with another label, Coral Records, a subsidiary of Decca. They had their very first major hit in the 1950s with the double-sided Rag Mop and also Sentimental Me. The Brothers signed up with RCA Victor records and continued to have success throughout the 1950s with many hits like It Only Hurts For a Little While,You, You, You, and The Naughty Lady of Shady Lane. The brothers made regular appearances on network TV variety programs, and also in 1955 briefly had a 15-minute show of their very own.

Acting Career


Who Will Answer Ed Ames

Ames as Mingo in the 1960s NBC tv series, Daniel Boone

In the very early 1960s, the Ames Brothers disbanded, and Ed Ames, seeking a career in acting, studied at the Herbert Bergh of School. His very 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!, which got on Broadway. He was in the national touring company of Carnival.

Ames dark skin as well as sharp facial features led to his being cast frequently as a Native American. He played Chief Bromden in the Broadway production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo‘s Nestopposite Kirk Douglas.
Talent scouts at 20th Century Fox saw Ames in the production invited him to play the Cherokee tribesman, Mingo on the NBC TV series Daniel Boone, with Fess Parker, Patricia Blair, Darby Hintonand also Veronica Cartwright. His character‘s dad was an English officer, the Fourth Earl of Dunmore, played in the show by the distinguished actor Walter Pidgeon. In that show, Mingo was the Earl‘s oldest son and therefore entitled to claim the title as the fifth Earl, however decided in preference to remain 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, however went by Mingo throughout the entire series. Ames played a Mexican bandi on a 1962 The Rifleman episode and guest-starred as Kennedy in the 1963 episode The Day of the Pawnees, Part 2 on ABC‘s The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters, with Kurt Russell in the title role. He guest-starred in 1963 on Richard Egan‘s NBC modern western series, Redigo.

The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson

While playing Mingo on tv, Ames developed some skill in throwing a tomahawk. This brought about one of the most unforgettable moments of his career, when he appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson on April 27, 1965. During the course of the show, Ames and Johnny Carson were talking about Ames tomahawk throwing abilities. When Ames asserted that he could hit a target from across the room, Carson asked Ames if he might want to demonstrate this skill. Ames agreed, and a wood panel with a chalk outline of a cowboy was brought onto the stage. As the studio band played a bar of the Adventures of PowWow theme, Ames proceeded to throw the tomahawk, which struck the cowboy square in the groin with the handle aiming upward. This resulted in a very long burst of laughter from the audience, which has actually been called the longest sustained laugh by a live audience in television history. After a moment, Ames proceeded to walk toward the target to retrieve the tomahawk however Carson stopped him and also permitted the situation to be valued for its humor. Carson ad-libbed: I didn’t even know you were Jewish! and Welcome to Frontier Bris. Ames after that asked Carson if he would like to take a turn throwingto which Carson  responded: I can’t hurt him any more than you did. The clip became a favorite of Carson‘s own annual highlight show and also subsequent blooper TV specials.

Summer Stock

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

Singing Career



Who Will Answer Ed Ames

Photo of the Ames Brothers, 1955. Ed Ames is seen at top.

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.
Throughout the 1960s, Ames  went back to singing, this time as a solo artist. He released his very first RCA Victor chart single, Try to Remember, in 1965. The song barely made the charts. bigger success came in 1967 with My Cup Runneth Over. The song was both a pop hit and also an adult contemporary radio hit. He had less success on the Pop charts not long after, and also only had Adult Contemporary hits with Time, Time, When the Snow Is on the Roses, as well as Timeless Love, the latter written by Buffy Sainte-Marie. He did make the Pop Top Twenty one last time in his singing career with Who Will Answer in 1968. Apologize reached # 47 in the Canadian RPM Magazine hot singles chart.

Ames‘s distinctive baritone is a regular radio presence throughout 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, however Ames version, recorded a couple of years later, remains in frequent holiday rotation.
Ames sang the Ballad of the War Wagon in the John Wayne/Batjac Productions film, The War Wagon in 1967.

Personal Life

While maintaining his career, he attended UCLA, getting his degree in theater and cinema arts in 1975. At the age of 47, Ames, saying I am a secular Jewbut I feel strongly about Israel and the Jewish communities of Europe came to be president of the Los Angeles chapter of the Zionist Organization of America.
While appearing in Daniel Boone, Ames maintained homes in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles and also Teaneck, New Jersey.
From 1968 until 1987, he also kept partial ownership of the Phoenix Suns.


• 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


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