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Members included Jerry Daniels (diedNovember 7, 1995, inIndianapolis, IN), tenor and guitarist; Charlie Fuqua(born 1911, died 1971), tenor and guitarist; Orville Jones(born February 17, 1905, in Chicago, IL; died October 18, 1944, inChicago, IL), bass singer and cellist; Bill Kenny (born in1915, in Philadelphia; died of respiratory illness in March 23, 1978, inVancouver, British Columbia), tenor; Herb Kenny (born in1915, in Philadelphia, PA, died of cancer on July 11, 1992, inColumbia, MD), bass; Ivory Watson (born 1909, died1969), baritone and songwriter.

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A number of black male quartets have billed themselves as the Ink Spots, cashing in on thetremendous success of the original singing group which performed during the 1930s and '40s.Famous for their song "If I Didn't Care," with its smooth tenor lead and spoken refrain, they werethe best known act of their kind and served as a huge influence on later rhythm and blues groups.The Ink Spots were also one of the first black acts to become a hit with white audiences. The Ink Spots made numerous recordings, had regular radio shows, and performed with the biggestmusical stars of their time, including Count Basie and Ella Fitzgerald. While they were at their peak of popularity, the group appeared in two Hollywood movies.

After the quartet split up, however, their reputation became blurred by the splinter groupsthat were created. And so the Ink Spots have lost some of the recognition they deserve, accordingto ...

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