The Ink Spots: Pop Vocal Group with Musical Style Leading to R&B and Rock and Roll

Written by Jae Jones

The Ink Spots, a popular African-American pop vocal group during the 1930s and 40s, was noted for having a musical style that led to R&B, rock and roll and the doo-wop music. Their music was appreciated by people from all walks of life. Even white communities played their songs due to the musical prowess of the lead singer, Bill Kenny.

The Ink Spots generally started their songs with a guitar intro followed by tenor singer Bill Kenny singing the lyrics of the whole song. After Kenny finished singing, the bass would either recite the first half of the song, the bridge of the song, or say something that was not part of the song almost in a free form manner, commonly using the words “honey child” or “honey babe” to express his affection for his love interest in the song.

Between 1940 and 1949, The Ink Spots recorded 30 hits on the US Pop Charts with as many as 16 reaching the top 10.  The group’s first #1 hit was “We Three (My Echo, My Shadow and Me),” which was first recorded in 1940. In 1944, The Ink Spots teamed up with Ella Fitzgerald and recorded “I’m Making Believe,” and “Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall.”

In 1989, the group consisting of Bill Kenny, Deek Watson, Charlie Fuqua and Hoppy Jones were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and in 1999, they were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame.



Please share this piece of black history with your friends on Facebook.

Leave Your Thoughts Below!

About the author

Jae Jones

Jae Jones has been writing professionally for over 10 years. She holds a degree in Business Administration, and enjoys writing on various topics.

Leave a Comment

Rewinding To Remember