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The Ink Spots were a vocal group in the 1930s and 1940s that helped define the musical genre that led to rhythm and blues and rock and roll, and the subgenre doo-wop. They gained much acceptance in both the white community and black community largely due to the ballad style introduced to the group by lead singer Bill Kenny. They were inducted into the Rock & Roll hall of fame in 1999.

Their songs usually began with a guitar riff, followed by the tenor Bill Kenny, who sang the whole song through. After Kenny finished singing, the bass would either recite the first half, or the bridge of the song, or would speak the words, almost in a free form, that were not part of the song, commonly using the words “Honey Child”, or “Honey Babe”, expressing his love for his darling in the song. This was followed by Kenny, who finished up singing the last refrain or the last half of the song. On some songs Deek Watson would sing the lead rather than Bill Kenny. This was mostly on the uptempo “Jive” songs.

The Ink Spots formed in the early 1930s in Indianapolis. The founding members were :-

Orville “Hoppy” Jones (b. 17 February 1902, Chicago, Illinois – d. 18 October 1944, New York City) (bass) (Played cello in the manner of a stand up bass)[1]
Ivory “Deek” Watson (b. 18 July 1909, Mounds, Illinois – d. 4 November 1969, Washington, D.C.) (tenor) (Played guitar and trumpet)
Jerry Daniels (b. 14 December 1915 – d. 7 November 1995, Indianapolis, Indiana) (tenor) (Played guitar and ukulele)


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  • Cornyelia

    War, war never changes [4]

    16 Oct 2:54pm Reply
  • Antonionii

    Great music even with all the intros being the same stuff. Such class, gentle harmonies like these are unheard of in this modern world.

    16 Oct 2:23pm Reply
  • TheBeastInMe

    War, war never changes [3]

    3 Oct 1:05pm Reply
  • Stalaggh

    The Ink Spots made the most varied intros ever. [5]

    2 Oct 2:55pm Reply
  • Bhrescya_Ayres

    War, war never changes [2]

    16 Mar 3:16pm Reply
  • thealmightyfag

    I don't play Fallout 3, I just like music. :D [3]

    10 Mar 9:39pm Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    обожаю фоллаут, особенно первый. а что до песен, то они шикарны, несомненно, идеальная вокальная работа. пысы. одинаковое начало песен вообще свойственно негритянской традиции - см. Чак берри.

    9 Mar 10:31am Reply
  • Suantha

    Can someone pls explain to me why all the songs start with the same sequence? Is it genre specific? [2]

    30 Jan 5:43pm Reply
  • zyffe--

    Thanks fallout series for introducing me to this fantastic quartett. :)

    22 Jan 8:34pm Reply
  • Moszkito13

    War, War never changes

    21 Jan 7:53pm Reply
  • vzakharov

    Can someone pls explain to me why all the songs start with the same sequence? Is it genre specific?

    1 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Panda_Claws

    absolutely lovely.

    24 Oct 2013 Reply
  • MoffKalast

    fallout 3 :)

    8 Oct 2013 Reply
  • empires_

    Fallout 1, not 3.

    6 Oct 2013 Reply
  • cityofhumanity

    Fallout 3 [15]

    27 Aug 2013 Reply
  • nc___

    do they have any actual studio albums? or was that not a concept back then?

    25 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Bhrescya_Ayres

    As músicas deles são ótimas, mas PQP, a introdução, o instrumental das músicas parecem sempre o mesmo...

    25 Jul 2013 Reply
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    17 Jul 2013 Reply
  • nononobs

    мне почему-то казалось, что на вокале женщина, лол

    30 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Bhrescya_Ayres

    FALLOUT 3!!!

    10 May 2013 Reply
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