Joe, Gene, Vic and Ed Urick were born in Malden, Massachusetts to David and Sarah Urick, Russian Jews from the Ukraine. They formed a singing group with cousin Lennie that toured Army and Navy bases during World War II. They were offered a one-week engagement at the Fox and Hound nightclub in Boston that ended up being several months. Originally calling themselves the Amory Brothers, they were signed to Decca Records when Milt Gabler heard them singing “Should I,” and managed several releases before the AFM recording ban in January 1948. When that ended in 1949, they renamed themselves The Ames Brothers and had their first hit, “Rag Mop” (I shared it the other day, you might remember), in 1950. In their 15-year career, they had 49 chart entries on the Coral and RCA Victor labels. After disbanding in the early 1960’s, Ed Ames went on to have a successful career as a singer, actor, and tomahawk thrower, playing Mingo on TV’s Daniel Boone TV series. He is the only living member of the group.
Our first song today is “Tammy,” from the 1957 movie Tammy and the Bachelor starring Debbie Reynolds (who had her own version of the song at the same time) and Leslie Nielsen (long before “The Naked Gun” movies). It reached #5 on the Pop charts in July 1957.
Our second song is also from 1957, “Melodie D’Amour.” It also reached #5 on the pop charts, in October.
The Ames Brothers: your Two for Tuesday, December 17, 2013.