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Ink Spots

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.

Birth and Death Data: Born 1932, Died 1954

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1935 - 1953

Roles Represented in DAHR: Musical group

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  
(Results 1-25 of 212 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Ink Spots," accessed August 12, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106451.

Ink Spots. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved August 12, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106451.

"Ink Spots." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 12 August 2020.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106451

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