1968 Ed Ames – Who Will Answer
Four brothers from Malden, Massachusetts, sang as a quartet in high school and began recording for Decca Records in 1947. The Ames Brothers had several minor hits in the forties and topped the charts in 1950 with Rag Mop and Sentimental Me. The group reached the Hot 100 almost three dozen times before they disbanded in the early sixties. Ed Ames released a solo novelty record in 1957, but it was not a hit, and he began pursuing an acting career.
Ed made guest appearances on a few television shows beginning in 1957. After the Ames Brothers disbanded, he took some acting lessons and started appearing in plays. He is best known for playing a Cherokee Indian on the television show Daniel Boone from 1964 to 1970.
In 1965, he began recording solo records again. He reached #17 on the Adult Contemporary (AC) chart with the release of Try To Remember, a song from the off-Broadway play The Fantasticks.
Ed reached the top ten on the Hot 100 in 1967 with his cover of My Cup Runneth Over, a song from the Broadway play I Do I Do. It was the first of three records he released in 1967 that topped the AC chart. The single was also the first of Ed’s records to chart in the top forty of the Hot 100, where it reached #8.
He only reached the top forty one more time. Luis Eduardo Aute, a Spanish artist born in the Philippines, wrote the song Alleluya No. 1 and Sheila Davis translated the lyrics into English. His original single reached the top of the charts in several Spanish-speaking countries. Ed recorded the English version of the song, alternating chanting with singing. Who Will Answer peaked at #19 on the Hot 100 in 1968 and also reached #6 on the AC chart.
Ed continued having hits on the Adult Contemporary chart through 1970 and continued acting into the nineties.
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