Ted McMichael, a founder of the 1940s tight-harmony quartet the Merry Macs, died Feb. 27 of pneumonia at St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital in Camarillo, Calif. He was 92.
The Merry Macs had several top 10 hits including “Mairzy Doats,” “Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition” and “Sentimental Journey.”
Born in Iowa, McMichael formed the singing group with his brothers, Judd and Joe, in the 1920s while attending high school in Minneapolis. Known as the McMichaels, they were hired to sing on WCCO radio in Minneapolis in 1926. A year later they were hired by bandleader Joe Haymes, who renamed them the Personality Boys. In 1930 the group added Cheri McKay and became the Merry Macs.
The group’s music was featured in several films, including “Love Thy Neighbor” with Jack Benny and Fred Allen and “Ride ‘Em Cowboy” with Abbott and Costello.
McMichael is survived by four grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and a niece.