The Ink Spots

Genres: R&B / Soul Vocals
Tags: jazz swing 40s oldies vocal jazz Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1940s 1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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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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