The original line-up of this enduring US black vocal group comprised Jerry Franklin Daniels (14 December 1915, USA, d. 7 November 1995, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; lead tenor/guitar), Orville Hoppy Jones (b. 17 February 1902, Chicago, Illinois, USA, d. 18 October 1944, New York City, New York, USA; bass), Charlie Fuqua (b. 20 October 1910, USA, d. 21 December 1971, New Haven, Connecticut, USA; baritone/guitar) and Ivory Deek Watson (b. 18 July 1909, Mounds, Illinois, USA, d. 4 November 1969, Washington, DC, USA; second tenor).
Most sources state that the Ink Spots formed in the early 30s when the group members were working as porters at the Paramount Theatre in New York City, and their first known performance was at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem in August 1934. Early in their career the Ink Spots played hot numbers, and travelled to England in the mid-30s where they performed with the Jack Hylton Band. When...
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