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The Ames Brothers

A close-harmony vocal quartet with few equals during the '50s, the Ames Brothers hit number one in 1950 with "Sentimental Me," and found their biggest hit three years later with "You, You, You." Though they were indeed a family group, the Ames Brothers' surname was actually Urick. Joe, Gene, Vic and Ed were all born within four short years of each other in Malden, Massachusetts. After winning a few talent contests in their hometown, the group moved to Boston and began performing in nightclubs. They soon made the leap to New York and even Los Angeles, and signed to the Coral label in late 1958. After a few moderate hits, the Ames Brothers hit big in early 1950 with a double-sided number one hit, "Rag Mop"/"Sentimental Me." The B-side eventually triumphed over its flip, and the group hit again later in 1951 with "Undecided." The biggest hit of the Ames Brothers' career was 1953's "You You You," and their continued success during 1954 with "The Naughty Lady of Shady Land" bore fruit in the form of their own television program.

Though the quartet continued to record throughout the '50s, the dawn of the rock era definitely damaged their career; the group managed two Top Ten hits in 1957 ("Tammy," "Melodie d'Amour"), but then folded in 1959. Ed, the youngest Ames brother, continued a performing career and appeared as an Indian named Mingo on the Daniel Boone TV series before hitting the Top Ten as a solo act with 1967's "My Cup Runneth Over." He also appeared on Broadway. ~ John Bush, Rovi
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Love their sound!!!!
Second only to the Four Freshmen!!! Love Ed Ames' voice!!! Beautiful!
XCELLANT HARMONY!
What a great sound! I love them! They have one of the best Christmas albums ever recorded back in the late fifties! They are so smooth, so rich sounding! This is what music, great music is about! I am glad Ed Ames is still around. If he reads this by chance, thanks for all the wonderful music, with and without your brothers. You have one of the best voices in the music industry!
I am amused that, on the album cover, three brothers had their right knees raised, but one raised the left. There is one in every family!
pbbb239
I miss all the great voices of the40's and 50's. Especially the male not girly boy voices that have been all you hear besides the screaming.
mariongttmnn
It is suggested that you log on to the exciting words by Marion Guttmann at WWW.POETRYPO E M . C O M / P O E T R Y 3 8 7 8 The classic Poet of the 2000''s simply log on.today.
pbbb239
There hasn't been another group as good as the Ames Brothers and I
never hear them on x-m radio either. It's a shame how hard it is to hear
excellent singers like the ones before rock & roll ruined music.
Does anyone know how I can get ahold of the album they did in Spanish? I used to have it in the sixites.
Did the Ames Brothers do "The Old Lamplighter" ?
dmoylan3
anybody out there have the Christmas recording that they made in the fifties I believe it was called There Always Be a Christmas
mooyoo.77
BEST MALE QUARTET? do not forget the four freshmen!!!
daffodil
This is about the album review above...

Thalidomide? Really?!?! Such a horrible word for a tragic, horrible time for Britain's children.

If you don't know what I'm referring to, either look it up or take my word for it, but please don't use that word--it's not clever, it's just awful!
There is not one Ames Bros. song that I don't love. Wish you had even more of their music.
SURE LIKED THE AMES BROS. AND THEIR PERFECT HARMONY,THEY HUNG AROUND FOR MANY YEARS BEFORE GOING TO THE SIDELINES LIKE SO MANY GROUPS DID,THEY HAD SOME VERY GOOD SONGS..THANK S PANDORA
Great harmony. In my mind, the best of the male quartets in the 50's.

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