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Mingo, with an English officer father and Cherokee mother, became a good friend of Daniel Boone. Friends of the white man and the Indian, Mingo helped Daniel open up the frontier of Kentucky.

Whether there was a real Mingo will never be known but Hollywood created the Indian sidekick played by actor/singer Ed Ames. The result was a popular hit television show that aired from 1964 to 1969.

Ed Ames signed onto the show because it was a steady gig. After cutting his acting teeth on stage in such shows as The Crucible, The Fantasticks and Carnival and opposite Kirk Douglas as Chief Bromden in the play version of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, the actor was ready for some reliable pay.

"You're an actor, so you act," he explained to TV Guide in 1968. "Work is tight and if you get a decent part on Broadway every three years, you're lucky. Whereas you can just keep hackin' 'em out week after week on TV. And then, of course, you have to eat."

In line with that thinking, Ames signed a five-year contract with the show figuring Boone would be off the air in a year. Wrong. It was a hit and soon Ames found his TV work getting in the way of his singing career - He had hits with such tunes as Try to Remember and My Cup Runneth Over.

There were reported quarrels with Fess Parker, the star, Daniel Boone, who reportedly wasn't happy that his co-star received more fan mail than he did and is said to have actually pushed for a Mingo spin-off to get Ames off the series. This didn't make showing up for work any more pleasant.

The executive producer of Daniel Boone was Aaron Spelling, and the theme tune was performed by The Imperials.

Ed Ames appeared on Johnny Carson's Tonight Show in 1965 to give a demonstration in tomahawk throwing. In rehearsal he nailed a wooden cowboy dead in the heart with every throw. But on the air, he nailed it in the genital area.

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Ed Ames appeared on Johnny Carson's Tonight Show in 1965 to give a demonstration in tomahawk throwing. In rehearsal he nailed a wooden cowboy dead in the heart with every throw. But on the air, he nailed it in the genital area.



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