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Published on Aug 27, 2014
One Hit Wonder! Actor to Music Top 10 Chart
Not known except for their acting, some actors have, for one reason or another, entered the recording studio, resulting in a hit.
"Ringo", written by Don Robertson and Hal Blair, was a hit single for actor Lorne Greene in 1964 during his reign on the hit TV series "Bonanza".
The song's actual sung lyrics are limited to the title word alone, performed by an unidentified male chorus. Throughout the rest of the performance, Greene talks about the legendary gunfighter. His words tell the story, in a first-person account, of a Western lawman and his relationship with a notorious gunfighter, Ringo.
The song hit #1 on the U.S. Billboard charts on December 5, 1964 and in Canada, Greene's home country, it hit #1 on the RPM top singles chart on December 7.
Lorne Greene died on September 11, 1987 at the age of 72, of complications from pneumonia, following surgery.
This video is a brief retrospect of his career.
His music is still available at various sources. No copyright infringement intended.