The Ink Spots


The Ink Spots were a popular African-American vocal group who gained international fame in the 1930s and 1940s. Best known for their recordings of Pop ballads, The Ink Spots were frequent chart toppers totaling over 50 hits in their 17 year recording career. Their best selling record "If I Didn't Care" sold over 19 million copies and is currently the 7th best selling single of all time. Bill Kenny (leader) disbanded The Ink Spots in 1954 however many spin-off or imposter groups have been performing and recording ever since.

[b]Original Ink Spots[/b]
Founding members (1935): [a=Orville Jones] (bass), [a=Deek Watson] (tenor), Jerry Daniels (tenor) and [a=Charlie Fuqua] (baritone).
1936: Jerry Daniels is replaced by tenor [a=Bill Kenny]
1943: Charlie Fuqua is replaced by baritone [a=Bernie Mackey]
1943: Deek Watson replaced by tenor [a=Billy Bowen]
1945: baritone [a=Huey Long] briefly replaces Mackey before Charlie Fuqua returns in October 1945
1945: Orville "Hoppy" Jones replaced by bass singer Herb Kenny, Bill Kenny's twin brother
1951: Herb Kenny replaced by bass singer [a=Adriel McDonald]
1952: Charlie Fuqua replaced by R&B guitarist [a=Everett Barksdale]

[b]Spin-offs[/b]
In 1952 Charlie Fuqua left the group and formed his own vocal group also called "The Ink Spots," claiming his was the "original" group


1946 Cashbox award for making "The Gypsy" the biggest money making song of the year.
1948 awarded with a plaque from the Negro Actors Guild for the efforts in "breaking down the walls of racial prejudice".
1989, the Ink Spots were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as influences; they were listed as Bill Kenny, Charlie Fuqua, Deek Watson, and Hoppy Jones.
1989, the Ink Spots 1939 recording of "If I Didn't Care" was inducted in to the Grammy Hall of Fame
1999, the Ink Spots group was inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame.