Born in Malden, Massachusetts in the 1920’s to Russian Jewish immigrants from the Ukraine, the Urick brothers became the Ames Brothers, Vic, Joe, Gene & Ed offering a harmony few could match during their decade of Hit Parade chart toppers in the 1950’s.
A career that began in Boston nightclubs, they soon had a recording contract with Coral records. But it was not until 1950 before 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 his own run as a successful 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 2009 The Ames Brothers were inducted into the Hit Parade Hall of Fame.