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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
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Selected Discography

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Track List: The Ames Brothers

1. It Must Be True

2. The Alphabet

3. Ol' Man River (From "Show Boat")

4. Noche De Ronda

5. That's The Way Love Goes

6. Why Do I Keep Lovin' You

7. Gotta Be This Or That

8. Anniversary Song (From The Columbia Film, "The Jolson Story")

9. Love, Your Magic Spell Is Everywhere

10. I Can't Give You Anything But Love

11. I'll Never Get You Off My Mind

12. Not You, Not I

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Track List: Destination Moon

1. Destination Moon

2. Clear Out Of This World

3. Moonglow

4. East Of The Sun

5. Count Every Star

6. No Moon At All

7. I'm Shooting High

8. Music From Out Of Space

9. Stella By Starlight

10. It's Only A Paper Moon

11. The Starlit Hour

12. Beyond The Blue Horizon

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Track List: For Sentimental Reasons

1. Exactly Like You

2. Man, Man, Is For The Woman Made

3. The Very Thought Of You

4. Don't Leave Me Now

5. Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ral (That's An Irish Lullaby) (From, "Shameen Dhu")

6. I Can't Give You Anything But Love

7. Fascination

8. Together

9. Around The World

10. You're Diving Me Crazy

11. (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons

12. Noche De Ronda

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Track List: Down Memory Lane With The Ames Brothers

1. When My Sugar Walks Down The Street (All The Little Birdies Go Tweet-Tweet-Tweet)

2. Don't Blame Me

3. I'm Beginning To See The Light

4. You And I

5. You Were Meant For Me

6. Por Favor

7. Anniversary Song (From "The Jolson Story")

8. Oh What It Seemed To Be

9. Gotta Be This Or That

10. Remember

11. All I Do Is Dream Of You (From "Sadie McKee")

12. I Couldn't Sleep A Wink Last Night

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Track List: Knees Up! Mother Brown

1. In The Middle Of The House

2. I'll Lend You Everything I've Got Except My Wife

3. (If I Had My Life To Live Over) I'd Live Over A Grocery Store

4. Knees Up! Mother Brown

5. Take Your Fingers Out Of Your Mouth (I Want A Kiss From You)

6. When Banana Skins Are Falling (I'll Come Sliding Back To You)

7. Shut The Door (They're Comin' Through The Window)

8. Where Can I Find A Bookie? (The Daily Double Blues)

9. When It's Night-Time In Italy It's Wednesday Over Here

10. That Old Red Undershirt My Daddy Wore

11. When Grandma Got Her Teeth In Upside Down

12. Two Ton Tessie

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Track List: The Blend And The Beat (With Bonus Tracks)

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Track List: Sing The Best Of The Bands

1. Cherokee

2. Marie

3. In My Solitude

4. Heart And Soul

5. It's The Talk Of The Town

6. I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm

7. And The Angels Sing

8. Dancing In The Dark

9. You Made Me Love You

10. Heartaches

11. Moonlight Serenade

12. On A Slow Boat To China

13. 'S Wonderful

14. On A Little Street In Singapore

15. Autumn Leaves

16. Harbor Lights

17. September Song

18. Hallelujah

19. Begin The Beguine

20. Is You Is Or Is You Ain't (My Baby)

21. Too Marvelous For Words

22. Mood Indigo

23. So In Love

24. Night Train

25. Amor

26. Frenesi

27. Quizas, Quizas, Quizas

28. Bésame Mucho

29. Amapola

30. Perfidia

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Track List: There'll Always Be A Christmas

1. The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)

2. Deck The Halls

3. O Holy Night

4. Silver Bells

5. What Child Is This?

6. Jingle Bells

7. Good King Wenceslas

8. The Night Before Christmas Song

9. Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town

10. C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S

11. Go Tell It On The Mountain

12. There'll Always Be A Christmas

13. I Got A Cold For Christmas

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Track List: You, You, You, (& You!)

1. You, You, You

2. Cruising Down The River

3. Noah's Ark

4. Rag Mop

5. Sentimental Me

6. Music! Music! Music! (Put Another Nickel In)

7. Blue Prelude

8. Can Anyone Explain? No! No! No!

9. Oh, Babe!

10. Stardust

11. The Wang Wang Blues

12. The Hawaiian War Chant (Ta-Hu-Wa-Hu-Wai)

13. Sentimental Journey

14. Undecided

15. Dry Bones

16. String Along

17. Can't I?

18. No Moon At All

20. My Favourite Song

21. I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me

22. Leave It To Your Heart

23. The Man With The Banjo

24. Man, Man Is For The Woman Made

25. The Naughty Lady Of Shady Lane

26. It Only Hurts For A Little While

28. Auf Wiederseh'n Sweetheart

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Track List: Hello Italy!

1. Fontana Di Trevi (Three Coins In The Fountain)

2. Corrin Corrina

3. Dammi Dammi Dammi (From The Bottom Of My Heart)

4. Fiamma D'Amor (Once In A While)

5. Volare (Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu)

6. Luna Malinconica (Blue Moon)

7. Ritorna A Me (Return To Me)

8. Chi Sara? (Sway)

9. Nastri Rossi (Scarlet Ribbons)

10. Ciao, Ciao, Bambina

11. Tre Campane (The Three Bells)

12. Arrivederci, Roma (Goodbye To Rome)

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Track List: The Very Best Of The Ames Brothers

1. You You You

2. I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me

3. The Man With The Banjo

4. The Naughty Lady Of Shady Lane

5. My Bonnie Lassie

6. My Love, Your Love

7. Forever Darling

8. It Only Hurts For A Little While

9. Summer Sweetheart

10. I Saw Esau

11. The Game Of Love

12. Tammy

13. Melodie D'amour

14. A Very Precious Love

19. China Doll

20. Destination Moon

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Could you play their album of Spanish songs, ames brothers
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Need more like them today!
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Love their sound!!!!
Second only to the Four Freshmen!!! Love Ed Ames' voice!!! Beautiful!
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XCELLANT HARMONY!
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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!
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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!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Does anyone know how I can get ahold of the album they did in Spanish? I used to have it in the sixites.
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Did the Ames Brothers do "The Old Lamplighter" ?
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dmoylan3
anybody out there have the Christmas recording that they made in the fifties I believe it was called There Always Be a Christmas
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mooyoo.77
BEST MALE QUARTET? do not forget the four freshmen!!!
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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!
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There is not one Ames Bros. song that I don't love. Wish you had even more of their music.
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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
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Great harmony. In my mind, the best of the male quartets in the 50's.

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