The Ink Spots were an American Vocal Jazz group who gained international fame in the 1930s and 1940s. Their unique musical style presaged the rhythm and blues and rock and roll musical genres, and the subgenre doo-wop. The Ink Spots were widely accepted in both the white and black communities, largely due to the ballad style introduced to the group by lead singer Bill Kenny.
In 1989, the Ink Spots (Bill Kenny, Charlie Fuqua, Deek Watson, Jerry Daniels and Orville Jones) were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and in 1999 they were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame. Since the Ink Spots disbanded in 1954, there have been well over 100 vocal groups calling themselves "The Ink Spots" without any right to the name, and without any original members of the group. These groups often have claimed to be "2nd generation" or "3rd generation" Ink Spots.
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Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1935 - 1953
Roles Represented in DAHR: Musical group
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= Recordings were issued from this master. No recordings issued from other masters.
Recordings (Results 1-25 of 212 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||BS-87269||10-in.||1/4/1935||Swinging on the strings||Ink Spots||Jazz/dance ensemble, with male vocal quartet||Musical group|
|Victor||BS-87270||10-in.||1/4/1935||Your feet's too big||Ink Spots||Jazz/dance ensemble, with male vocal quartet||Musical group|
|Victor||BS-87271||10-in.||1/4/1935||Don't 'low no swingin' in here||Ink Spots||Jazz/dance ensemble, with male vocal quartet||Musical group|
|Victor||BS-87272||10-in.||1/4/1935||Swing, gate, swing||Ink Spots||Jazz/dance ensemble, with male vocal quartet||Musical group|
|Decca||61104||10-in.||5/12/1936||Your feet's too big||Ink Spots||Musical group|
|Decca||61105||10-in.||5/12/1936||T'ain't nobody's biz-ness if I do||Ink Spots||Musical group|
|Decca||61188||10-in.||6/18/1936||Stompin' at the savoy||Ink Spots||Musical group|
|Decca||61189||10-in.||6/18/1936||Old Joe's hittin' the jug||Ink Spots||Musical group|
|Decca||61190||10-in.||6/18/1936||Keep away from my doorstep||Ink Spots||Musical group|
|Decca||61191||10-in.||6/18/1936||Christopher Columbus||Ink Spots||Musical group|
|Decca||61581||10-in.||2/5/1937||Alabama barbecue||Ink Spots||Musical group|
|Decca||61582||10-in.||2/5/1937||Don't let old age creep up on you||Ink Spots||Musical group|
|Decca||61583||10-in.||2/5/1937||With plenty of money and you||Ink Spots||Musical group|
|Decca||61584||10-in.||2/5/1937||Yes Suh!||Ink Spots||Musical group|
|Decca||62120||10-in.||4/9/1937||Whoa babe!||Ink Spots||Musical group|
|Decca||62121||10-in.||4/9/1937||Let's call the whole thing off||Ink Spots||Musical group|
|Decca||62122||10-in.||4/9/1937||Swing high, swing low||Ink Spots||Musical group|
|Decca||62123||10-in.||4/9/1937||Slap that bass||Ink Spots||Musical group|
|Decca||63494||10-in.||3/25/1938||Oh! Red||Ink Spots||Musical group|
|Decca||63495||10-in.||3/25/1938||That cat is high||Ink Spots||Musical group|
|Decca||63813||10-in.||5/19/1938||I wish you the best of everything||Ink Spots||Musical group|
|Decca||63814||10-in.||5/19/1938||When the sun goes down||Ink Spots||Musical group|
|Decca||64485||10-in.||8/31/1938||Pork chops and gravy||Ink Spots||Musical group|
|Decca||64486||10-in.||8/31/1938||Brown gal||Ink Spots||Musical group|
|Decca||64891||10-in.||1/12/1939||If I didn't care||Ink Spots||Musical group|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Ink Spots," accessed March 25, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106451.
Ink Spots. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved March 25, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106451.
"Ink Spots." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 25 March 2023.
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Wikipedia: The Ink Spots
Discogs: Ink Spots
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Linked Open Data Sources
LCNAR: Ink Spots (Musical group) - http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/n91117004
Wikidata: The Ink Spots - http://www.wikidata.org/entity/Q127140
MusicBrainz: The Ink Spots - https://musicbrainz.org/artist/75f47650-8a52-494a-8334-c5279bc6db09
ISNI: 0000 0001 1010 6659 - http://www.isni.org/isni/0000000110106659
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