Personalities | The Ink Spots | Roots of Rock
(Vocal group, 1931–52)
The Ink Spots were the inspiration for many black vocal groups who emerged in the doo-wop era. The group’s tight, mellow harmonies helped them achieve wide crossover appeal. Anchored by the romantic crooning of tenor Bill Kenny and supported by Charlie Fuqua, Deek Watson and bass Hoppy Jones, the Indianapolis natives caught fire in 1939 with the ballad ‘If I Didn’t Care’. The Spots followed this up with ‘My Prayer’, ‘ ‘We Three’, ‘Maybe’ and numerous other hits.
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