The Ink Spots

Rock & Roll Hall of Famer

Category: Early Influence

Inducted in: 1989

Inducted by: Bobby McFerrin

Inducted Members: Orville "Hoppy" Jones, Ivory "Deek" Watson, Bill Kenny, Charlie Fuqua

Snubbed Members: Billy Bowen, Herb Kenny, Adriel McDonald

Inducted into Rock Hall Projected in 2011 (ranked #36 in the Influences - Pre-Rock Era category) .

Essential Songs (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3YouTube
If I Didn't Care (1939)
Maybe (1940)
I Don't Want to Set the World on Fire (1941)

The Ink Spots @ Wikipedia

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RIP Huey Long

Posted by Keebord on Friday, 06.12.09 @ 21:58pm

The Ink Spots' rendition of I Can't Give You Anything But Love is one of the few songs that can plaster an almost-permanent smile on my face. I'm not sure if this recording was done by the original line-up with Bill Kenny on tenor or one of the various offshoots, but it's a fantastic version of this old standard. If any fellow Ink Spots fans are curious, I got the song off the 2003 Greatest Hits CD from Fabulous.

Posted by Zach on Wednesday, 10.10.12 @ 15:16pm

Jerry Butler once said this about The Ink Spots: "They were the heavywights of quartet singing." Clyde McPhatter said: "We patterned ourselves after them."

One of the frist popular black groups, The Ink Spots had a huge part to play in pioneering the back vocal harmonies and one could call them the forerunners of doo-wop and R&B.

With their quavering high tenors and sweet vocal sounds, Bill Kenny, Charlie Fuqua, Deek Watson and Hoppy Jones took people on a wonderful musical trip with songs like "If I Didn't Care", "The Gypsy" and "I Don't Want to Set the World on Fire".

The Ink Spots continued to influence many doo-wop groups of the 50s like The Drifters and The Moonglows.

Posted by Andrew on Wednesday, 03.27.13 @ 13:22pm

Inducted members not listed here.

Posted by Roy on Friday, 07.22.16 @ 20:25pm

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