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The Ink Spots And Ella Fitzgerald

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Newport News, Virginia Beach VA, United States (1917 – 1996)

The Ink Spots have been called living legends of American music; one of the most influential vocal groups of all time and the most imitated entertainers in show business. The Ink Spots ‘story spans six decades, more than 80 chart hits, and performances throughout the world.

While numerous personnel changes have taken place within the group in its 60+ years of existence, the familiar close harmonies remain The Ink Spots’ stock in trade. Making up the current group are bass singer-narrator Harold Winley, second lead Sonny Hatchett, lead tenor Grant Kitchings; and the newest Ink Spot, baritone and guitarist, Morris Dow.

The Ink Spots’ story begins in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1932, when four young men - Deek Watson, Charles Fuqua, Orville “Hoppy” Jones and Jerry Daniels - formed the first version of the group. The quartet performed as the Riff Brothers and the Percolating Puppies before settling on the Ink Spots name. In search of a recording contract, the group headed to New York City, where they met up with singer Bill Kenny, who replaced Daniels as the group’s lead tenor in 1936. Three years later, The Ink Spots had their first million-selling record, If I Didn’t Care. The song, which would be their biggest hit, ultimately sold 19 million copies.

Kenny left the group for a solo career in 1945. The replacement was Jim Nabbie and the hits continued over the next decade; I Don’t Want To Set The World On Fire, To Each His Own, My Prayer, I’ll Never Smile Again, A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening, Java Jive, Maybe, Into each life some rain may fall, We Three, It’s a Sin to Tell a Lie, Don’t Get Around Much Anymore, Prisoner Of Love .

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