Nancy Ames

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Nancy Ames
Nancy Ames 1964
Ames in 1964.
Background information
Birth name Nancy Hamilton Alfaro
Born 1937
Washington, DC
Occupation(s) Vocalist
Songwriter

Nancy Ames (born 1937 as Nancy Hamilton Alfaro) is an American folk singer and songwriter. She regularly appeared on the American version of the television series That Was the Week That Was. The TW3 Girl, as she was known, sang the show theme and special material.[1][2]

Personal life[edit]

She was born in Washington, DC. She is the granddaughter of Ricardo Joaquín Alfaro (1882–1971), who served as President of Panama from 1931 to 1932.[2] The daughter of a physician, she grew up in Washington. She attended Holton Arms College and Bennett College, both of them for girls. By 1964 she was married to Romanian hypnotist Triaian Boyer.[3] By 1968, they had divorced.[4] After the divorce, she married Jay Riviere, a golf course designer.[5] Ames has resided in Houston, Texas since 1972.[6] She and her husband Danny Ward are the co-founders of Ward and Ames Special Events.[7]

Career[edit]

A folk singer with a partially Latin repertoire,[8][9] she was signed to Liberty Records; her first album was entitled Cu Cu Rru Cu Cu La Paloma. She broke the top 100 twice in 1966; "He Wore the Green Beret," her answer song to Staff Sgt. Barry Sadler's "Ballad of the Green Berets," hit number 89, and later in the year "Cry Softly" also placed in the charts.

She had a TV show which aired on KPRC-TV Channel 2 (the Houston area NBC affiliate) from 1972-77. She is listed as the co-writer of the theme song to The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour with Mason Williams per Williams' own 1969 LP entitled Music by Mason Williams. Ames and Williams also co-wrote "Cinderella Rockefella," an international pop hit in 1968.[10]

US Discography (selective)[edit]

LPs[edit]

  • The Incredible Nancy Ames - Liberty – LRP-3276 - (1963)[11]
  • A Portrait of Nancy - Liberty – LRP-3299 - (1963)[11]
  • I Will Never Marry - Liberty – LRP-3329 - (1963)[11]
  • This is the Girl That is - Liberty – LRP-3369 - (1964)[11]
  • Let It Be Me - Liberty – LRP-3400 - (1965)[11]

Singles[edit]

7"
  • "Bonsoir Cher" / "Cu Cu Rru Cu Cu Paloma" - Liberty – F-55548 - (1963)[12]
  • "Malaguena Salarosa" / "Cu Cu Rru Cu Cu Paloma" - Liberty 55737 - (1964)[13]
  • "The Funny Thing About It" / "Shake A Hand" - Epic – 5-9845 - (1965)
  • "Let Tonight Linger On" / "It Scares Me" - Liberty – F-55762 - (1965)[12]
  • "I've Got A Lot Of Love (Left In Me)" / "Friends And Lovers Forever" - Epic 5-9874 - (promo) (1965)[13]
  • "He Wore The Green Beret" / "War Is A Card Game" - Epic – 5-10003 - (1966)
  • "I Don't Want To Talk About It" / "Cry Softly" - Epic – 5-10056 - (1966)
  • "Friends And Lovers Forever" / "Dear Hearts And Gentle" - Epic – 5-9885 - (1966)
  • "Love's Like Wine" / "My Story Book" - Epic – 5-10149 - (1967)
  • "Something's Gotten Hold Of My Heart" / "On Green Dolphin Street" - ABC Records 11100 - (1968)[12]
  • "Something's Gotten Hold Of My Heart" / "On Green Dolphin Street" - Silvercloud Records 1001 - (1968)[13]
12"
  • Mr. Bongo - "Soul Limbo" / Nancy Ames - "Eso Beso (That Kiss)" - Sony Music Entertainment (UK) – XPR 2213 - (1995)

EP[edit]

  • "1-2-3", "A Taste Of Honey" / "Call Me", "The Shadow Of Your Smile" - Epic – EP 9053 - (1966)

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