ORIGINAL INK SPOTS ACTIVITIES BY DATE: Aug/34 – Dec/40

-corrections/additions/comments to: jhanna@cogeco.ca please,

** = we are especially anxious to learn more about these items

From the late 1930's to the early 1950's the original Ink Spots were one of the most popular and influential singing groups. The original group, comprised of Ivory "Deek" Watson (Second Tenor, guitar), Jerry Daniels (Lead Tenor, guitar, ukulele), Charlie Fuqua (Baritone, guitar, ukelele) and Orville "Hoppy" Jones (bass, cello--strung as a bass, string bass). They started out singing fast "jump' tunes beginning in 1934 and their early recordings (RCA Victor--1935 and Decca--1936-1938) and a single known broadcast from among many made during 1935-1937 reflected this style.

The group became famous after the arrival of Bill Kenny, probably in 1936, and the group's addition of a ballad style featuring Bill Kenny's high tenor and Hoppy's "talking" chorus. While several sources suggest this style originated with their most famous recording, "If I Didn't Care" in 1939, an NBC radio broadcast of August, 1938 proves that all of the elements that made this group so successful were included in performances at least as early as 1938.

(For matrix and record numbers and other details of all recordings see Discography.)

1934   1935  1936   1937  1938   1939  1940



 
 
 

DATE
ACTIVITY

PLACE

SONGS (if known)

OTHER ARTISTS (if known)

COMMENTS

[SOURCES]

Jul/34? The "King, Jack and Jesters" come to New York from Cincinnati. Paul Whiteman, who had a group called the King’s Jesters, asks them to change their name and they become the 4 Ink Spots. A number of inaccurate stories exist concerning the selection of the name "Ink Spots". The real origin of the name is probably lost.
3-9Aug/34 Apollo Theatre, NYC IS billed as "4 Ink Spots" and are one of support acts for Tiny Bradshaw & His Orch. Other performers – Dusty Fletcher, John Mason, Jimmie Baskette, Florence Hill, Lee Simmons, Wilson & Oliver, the Apollo Mermaids. This is the first IS activity for which we have proof . [New York Amsterdam News, 4Aug/34, Apollo advertisement; article, Afro-American, 4Aug/34]
24-30? Aug/34 Roxy, NYC - "Excellent arrangements and catchy hotcha style put them over easily. Went across heavy when caught. End the act with a dance which is hot and effective." [Billboard, 8Sep/34] W/Herman Hyde & Co., Sally Burell, singer Drew Gary, Four IS, Tom Lomas Company, Coltman Bros., Max & His Gang, Gae Foster Girls. Movie: Charlie Chan's Courage. [Billboard, 1Sep/34, Variety, 28Aug/34 & NY Daily News, 23Aug/34] 

 

1934? Movie short--What A Business** (The date of this movie is shown as 1935 by some sources but a copy of a Universal Pictures letter to the Registrar of Copyrights, Library of Congress dated 9 Nov/34 asks for the return of the copyright copy(ies) Universal Pictures, L 5085, photoplay in two reels, dialogue by Melvin Aaronson, directed by Milton Schwarzwald, starring Smith & Dale. The Four Ink Spots sang Tiger Rag and Don't 'Low No Swingin' In Here according to Jerry Daniels. We know of no existing copy of this film and are anxious to locate one.
1934 Per Marv Goldberg, the Ink Spots played a variety of white and "Chittlin' Circuit" theaters including the Waldorf-Astoria, the Apollo, the Roxy and the Savoy Ballroom in New York as well as the Howard in Washington and the West End in Philadelphia. **Unknown songs except for closing dance and song: -Tiger Rag We only have limited information for Apollo and Roxy theaters in Aug/34.
29Sep/34 Depart for England on Ile De France – Tour with Jack Hylton’s Band. Other cities reported to be Manchester** (nothing in Guardian), Sheffield** (we have a note that they appeared at the Danell Dance Hall on Main Road, Sheffield where they volunteered to perform in a charity Variety Show for Darnell Medical Aid) and Liverpool** in England and Glasgow** and Edinburgh** in Scotland. [Variety, 2Oct/34; Afro-American, 6Oct/34] Transatlantic broadcasts** were made on BBC. We are anxious to locate any information concerning this tour and the BBC broadcasts. The Ink Spots performed for other passengers during the crossing per Watson [pg. 25].
8-14Oct/34? Birmingham, England A note in the Melody Maker [13Oct/34, pg. 1] states that, "the Four Ink Spots are putting over an act which is a combination of instrumental fireworks, singing and dancing, and have been breaking themselves in at Birmingham." It goes on to say that next week they will appear at the Palladium in London so this appearance must have been the preceeding week.
"On their opening in Birmingham they were clearly too far advanced to get over with the average lay audience, but after Jack had 'commercialised' them they stopped the show." [Melody Maker, 20Oct/34]
15-20Oct/34 Palladium, London, England. A note in the Melody Maker [20Oct/34, pg. 1] states, "The sensation of the programme, however, is the coloured guartette, the Four Ink Spots. They sing in a style something between the Mills Brothers and the Three Keys, and accompany themselves on three tenor guitars and a 'cello-which is not bowed, but picked and slapped like a double bass.
Their natural instinct for hot rhythm is exemplified in their terrific single-string solo work and their beautifully balanced and exquisitely phrased vocalisms.
They exploit all kinds of rhythmic vocalisms-straight solos, concerted, scat, and instrumental imitations.
They even throw in a bit of dancing to conclude thir act, and the leading guitarist simultaneously plays and juggles with his instrument.""
Jack Hylton & Band, -other acts included Belle Baker, 4 Ink Spots(1st time in London), 3 Gaylors, Dave & Joe O’Gormon, Bernice & Emily, Hazel Mangean Girls, Tessie O’Shea, Leo Fuld, Alec Templeton, 16 Palladium Girls. [The Daily Herald, Monday 15Oct/34, pg. 10.
22-27? Oct/34 The Hippodrome, Birmingham, England **
7Nov/34 Hammersmith Palais, London [Melody Maker, 27Oct/34]
week Paramount, Manchester "Next week Jack takes his show to the Paramount Theatre, Manchester, and a great show it is. In particular will this afford Lancastrian musicians an opportunity to see and hear that wonderful rhythmic act, The Four Inkspots, which, since its arrival in England to take part in the "America Calling' section of Jack's show, has gone from strength to strength, and now shares honours with the Three Gaylords as the high spots of the production. [Melody Maker, 3Nov/34, pg. 1]
?nov/34 Liverpool Press Club
When the Ink Spots arrived they, "were not allowed to depart before they ahd rendered some forty numbers to the delighted audience-surely a world record." [Melody Maker, 10Nov/34]
At a performance of the Angels, a non-professional six-piece dance band formed by Liverpool journalists, Jack Hylton appeared during the week of his appearance at the Paramount in Mancester and conducted the group and the Ink Spots arrived later. [Melody Maker, 10Nov/34]
12-18Nov/34 Empire, Edinburgh, Scotland, Jack Hylton His Band w/ a number of other artists including the Four Inkspots, the Three Gaylords, Leo Fuld and Alex Templeton, Eric Mason and the Yurgis Trio. [The Scotsman, 13 Nov/34, p.12]
19-24Nov/34 Empire, Glasgow, Scotland, 2 shows at 6:40 & 8:50. Jack Hylton His Band w/Leo Fuld, Alex Templeton, Four Inkspots, Three Gaylords, Tessie O'Shea, Eric Mason, The Yurgis Trio. [The Glasgow Herald, 19Nov/34] Brief review includes, "…the bandsmen, together with other artists, take part in a radio revue which undoubtedly completes one of the best and liveliest bills this theatre has had for a long time." Reference to the Ink Spots says only, "…other artists include the Four Inkspots, who entertain with music, song, and dance:…" [The Glasgow Herald, 20Nov/34]
Nov?/34 Partick Baptist Church, Crow Road, Glasgow A note from K. Gordon of Glasgow indicates his mother attended a Baptist church performance at the Partick Baptist Church on Crow Road in Glasgow where the Ink Spots performed sometime in the 1930s and indicates they were happy to have white people treat them as equals. Did they sing at a number of churches during their tour?
7Dec/34 BBC, Friday, 8:00-9:00PM. Ink Spots sing: "Then the Four Ink Spots showed us what rhythm really is. They sang two numbers, much too short for my taste... Naturally these boys are compared to the Mills Brothers, Boswell Sisters and other singers in concerted rhythm, but their style is original and most fascinating." [Melody Maker, 15Dec/34]
-I Never Slept A Wink Last Night
-Yeah Man
8Dec/34 BBC, 4:15-5:15PM unknown songs with Jack Hylton [The Radio Times, 30Nov/34]
12Dec/34 BBC, 10:35PM-12:00AM, Ink Spots sing: "...their instruments, except for the guitar solo in the first number, were rather overpowered by their voices, which was a pity, because I like their playing as much as I do their singing." [Melody Maker, 22Dec/34]
-You Wonderful Thing
-Back In Nagasaki
26Dec/34 Arrive back in US via Queen Mary [Goldberg, pg. 19]
4Jan/35 RCA recording debut, New York Studios-songs: (Record and matrix numbers are provided in the Discography for all recordings.) 
 
 
 
 

 

-Swingin’ On the Strings
-Your Feet’s Too Big
-(Mama) Don’t ‘Low No Swingin’ In Here
-Swing, Gate, Swing
25Feb/35 NBC-WJZ radio, 11:30 P.M. 4 Ink Spots begin broadcasts on WJZ, New York, NBC Blue Network coast-to coast, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 11:30PM [New York Amsterdam News, 23Feb/35; Boston Globe, 25Feb/35]
29Feb/35 NBC-WJZ, 11:30P.M.-Negro Quartet Many newspapers listed Ink Spots broadcasts without naming the group!! This is one broadcast listed only as a Novelty Negro Quartet in the New York Herald Tribune [29Feb/35]. We know many broadcasts listed in New York city papers as Negro Quartet or similar wording to be the Ink Spots. Reasons include the fact that we have actual broadcasts or other newpaper listings naming the Ink Spots. Therefore, we have listed selected broadcasts where there is a very high certainty that the group is the Ink Spots and add the words, "Negro Quartet" in such cases.
1Mar/35 NBC-WJZ radio, 11:30P.M. [Boston Globe, 1Mar/35]
4Mar/35 NBC-WJZ radio, 11:30 P.M. 15 minutes, Monday [New York Herald Tribune]
6Mar/35 NBC-WJZ radio, 11:30 P.M. 15 minutes, Wednesday [New York Herald Tribune]
11Mar/35 NBC-WJZ radio, 11:30 P.M. 15 minutes, Monday [New York Herald Tribune]
13Mar/35 NBC-WJZ radio, 11:30 P.M. 15 minutes, Wednesday [New York Herald Tribune]
18Mar/35 NBC-WJZ radio, 11:30 P.M. 15 minutes, Monday w/Jolly Coburn Orch. [New York Herald Tribune]
20Mar/35 NBC-WJZ radio, 11:30 P.M. 15 minutes, Wednesday w/Jolly Coburn Orch. [New York Herald Tribune]
22Mar/35 NBC-WJZ radio, 11:30P.M. [Boston Globe, 22Mar/35]
25Mar/35 NBC-WJZ radio, 11:30P.M. [Boston Globe, 25Mar/35]
27Mar/35 NBC-WJZ radio, 11:30 P.M. 15 minutes, Wednesday w/Jolly Coburn Orch. [New York Herald Tribune]
29Mar/35 NBC-WJZ radio, 11:30P.M. [Boston Globe, 29Mar/35]
1Apr/35? Radio-WENR, Chicago, Sinclair Oil Program, 9:00PM with national NBC hook-up, 30 minutes The Afro-American, 13Apr/35 reports 4 weekly shows beginning with this date.
1Apr/35? Radio-WJZ, 11:30PM, 15 min. Listed as Ink Spots in Pittsburgh Courier, [30Mar/35], but shown as "Guggenheim Awards in New York Herald Tribune ??
3Apr/35 Radio-WJZ, 11:30PM, 15 min. Listed as "Quartet; Jolly" in New York Herald Tribune but as Ink Spots in Pittsburgh Courier, [30Mar/35]
5Apr/35 Radio-WJZ, 11:30PM, 15 min. Listed as "Quartet; Coburn orch." in New York Herald Tribune but as Ink Spots in [Pittsburgh Courier, 30Mar/35]
8 Apr/35 Radio-WENR, 9:00P.M [Afro-American, 13Apr/35]
8Apr/35 Radio-WJZ, 11:30P.M.? [Pittsburgh Courier, 6Apr/35&Boston Globe, 8Apr/35]
10Apr/35 Radio-WJZ, 11:30P.M.? [Pittsburgh Courier, 6Apr/35]
12Apr/35 Radio-WJZ, 11:30P.M.? [Pittsburgh Courier, 6Apr/35]
15Apr/35 Radio-WENR, 9:00PM [Afro-American, 13Apr/35]
15Apr/35 Radio-WJZ, 11:30P.M.? [Pittsburgh Courier, 6Apr/35 but listed as only Jolly Coburn Orch. in NY Herald Tribune, 15Apr/35]
17Apr/35 Radio-WJZ, 11:30P.M.? [Pittsburgh Courier, 6Apr/3535 but listed as only Jolly Coburn Orch. in NY Herald Tribune, 17Apr/35]
19Apr/35 Radio-WJZ, 11:30P.M.? [Pittsburgh Courier, 6Apr/3535 but listed as only Jolly Coburn Orch. in NY Herald Tribune, 19Apr/35]
22Apr/35 Radio-WENR, 9:00PM [Afro-American, 13Apr/35] 
24Apr/35 Radio-WJZ, 11:30P.M. [Boston Globe, 24Apr/35]
26Apr/35 Radio-WJZ, 11:30P.M. [Boston Globe, 24Apr/35]
29Apr/35 Radio-WJZ, 11:30P.M. [Boston Globe, 24Apr/35]
1May/35 Radio-WJZ, 11:30P.M. [Boston Globe, 1May/35]
3May/35 Radio-WJZ, 11:30P.M. [Boston Globe, 3May/35]
6May/35 Radio-WJZ, 11:30P.M. [Boston Globe, 6May/35]
8May/35 Radio-WJZ, 11:30P.M. [Boston Globe, 8May/35]
13May/35 Radio-WJZ, 11:30P.M. [Pittsburgh Courier, 11May/35]
15May/35 Radio-WJZ, 11:30P.M. [Pittsburgh Courier, 11May/35]
17May/35 Radio-WJZ, 11:30P.M. [Pittsburgh Courier, 11May/35]
20May/35 Radio-NBC Minstrels. Ink Spots songs included: "The Four Inkspots seem to be a regular part of the N.B.C. Minstrels every Monday night. The boys have made quite a name for themselves in radio after returnign from Europe some months ago. Their offering of "Chinatown, My Chinatown," last week, was exceptionally good. [NY Amsterdam News, 25May/35]
-Chinatown, My Chinatown
20May/35 Radio-WJZ, 11:30P.M. [Boston Globe, 20May/35]
22May/35 Radio-WJZ, 11:30P.M. [Boston Globe, 22May/35]
24May/35 Radio-WJZ, 11:30P.M.- Negro Quartet. [NY Herald Tribune, 24 May/35]
27May/35 Radio-WJZ, 11:30P.M. [Boston Globe, 27May/35]
29May/35 Radio-WJZ, 11:30P.M. [Boston Globe, 29May/35]
31May/35 Radio-WJZ, 11:30P.M. [Boston Globe, 31May/35]
3Jun/35 Radio-WJZ, 11:30P.M. [Boston Globe, 3Jun/35]
5Jun/35 Radio-WJZ, 11:30P.M. [Boston Globe, 5Jun/35]
7Jun/35 Radio-WJZ, 11:30P.M. [Boston Globe, 7Jun/35]
10Jun/35 Radio-WJZ, 11:22P.M. [Boston Globe, 10Jun/35]
12Jun/35 Radio-WJZ, 11:30P.M. [Boston Globe, 12Jun/35]
14Jun/35 Radio-WJZ, 11:22P.M. [Boston Globe, 14Jun/35]
17Jun/35 Radio-WJZ, 11:22P.M. [Boston Globe, 17Jun/35]
19Jun/35 Radio-WJZ, 11:30P.M. [NY Amsterdam News, 15Jun/35]
21Jun/35 Radio-WJZ, 11:30P.M. [NY Amsterdam News, 15Jun/35] 
24Jun/35 Radio-WJZ, 11:22P.M. [Boston Globe, 21Jun/35]
28Jun/35 Radio-WJZ, 11:22P.M. [Boston Globe, 28Jun/35]
1Jul/35 WJZ, 11:22PM ] [Boston Globe, 1Jul/35]
3Jul/35 WJZ, 11:22PM-Negro Quartet [NY Herald Tribune, 3Jul/35]
5Jul/35 WJZ, 11:22PM [Boston Globe, 5Jul/35] 
8Jul/35 Radio-WJZ, 11:22PM [Boston Globe, 8Jul/35]
10Jul/35 Radio-WJZ, 11:22PM [New York Amsterdam News [6Jul/35]
12Jul/35 Radio-WJZ, 11:22PM [Boston Globe, 12Jul/35]
15Jul/35 Radio-WJZ, 11:22PM [Boston Globe, 15Jul/35]
17Jul/35 Radio-WJZ, 11:22PM [NY Amsterdam News, 17Jul/35]
19Jul/35 Radio-WJZ, 11:15PM [Boston Globe, 19Jul/35]
22Jul/35 Radio-WJZ, 11:22PM [Boston Globe, 22Jul/35]
24Jul/35 Radio-WJZ, 11:15PM [NY Amsterdam News, 20Jul/35]
26Jul/35 Radio-WJZ, 11:15PM [NY Amsterdam News, 20Jul/35]
29Jul/35 Radio-WJZ, 11:22PM [NY Amsterdam News, 27Jul/35]
31Jul/35 Radio-WJZ, 11:15PM [NY Amsterdam News, 27Jul/35]
2Aug/35 WJZ, 11:22PM-Negro Quartet [NY Herald Tribune, 2Aug/35]
5Aug/35 WJZ, 11:22PM [Pittsburgh Courier, 3Aug/35]
7Aug/35 Radio-WMAL, Washington, 10:15PM [Washington Post, 7Aug/35]
WJZ, 11:15PM [Pittsburgh Courier, 3Aug/35]
9Aug/35 Radio-WJZ, NBC Network, NYC, Live, 11:15 P.M., 15 min., Friday, songs: The 4 Ink Spots with two guitars, a tipple (10 string, tinny sounding, mandolin-like instrument played by Fuqua) and a cello. First available broadcast – see Discography for details. [Pittsburgh Courier, 3Aug/35]
-Swingin’ On the Strings
-Did You Ever See A Dream Walking? First known Hoppy patter
-The Old Spinning Wheel
-Babs
-Baby Brown
12Aug/35 WJZ, 11:22PM [Pittsburgh Courier, 10Aug/35]
14Aug/35 WMAL, Washington, 10:15PM [Washington Post, 14Aug/35]
WJZ, 11:15PM [Pittsburgh Courier, 10Aug/35]
16Aug/35 WJZ, 11:15PM [Pittsburgh Courier, 10Aug/35]
19Aug/35 WJZ, 11:15PM [Pittsburgh Courier, 17Aug/35]
21Aug/35 WMAL, 10:15PM [Washington Post, 21Aug/35]
WJZ, 11:15PM [Pittsburgh Courier, 11:15PM]
23Aug/35 WJZ, 11:15PM [Pittsburgh Courier, 17Aug/35]
26Aug/35 WJZ, 11:22PM [NY Amsterdam News, 26Aug/35]
28Aug/35 WJZ, 11:15PM [NY Amsterdam News, 28Aug/35]
30Aug/35 NBC-WJZ radio, 11:15 P.M. [New York Herald Tribune, 30Aug/35]
2Sep/35 NBC-WJZ radio, 11:15 P.M. [Boston Globe, 2Sep/35]
4Sep/35 NBC-WJZ radio, 11:15 P.M., songs included: "The Four Ink Spots over their NBC hookup last Wednesday night "brought down the house" with their rendition of "My Old Man" [The Afro-American, 7Sep/35]
-My Old Man
6Sep/35 NBC-WJZ radio, 11:15 P.M. [New York Herald Tribune, 6Sep/35]
9Sep/35 NBC-WJZ radio, 11:15 P.M.-Negro Quartet [New York Herald Tribune, 9Sep/35]
11Sep/35 NBC-WJZ radio, 11:15 P.M.-Negro Quartet [New York Herald Tribune, 11Sep/35]
13Sep/35 NBC-WJZ radio, 11:15 P.M. [New York Herald Tribune, 13Sep/35]
16Sep/35 NBC-WJZ radio, 11:15 P.M. [Pittsburgh Courier, 14Sep/35]
18Sep/35 NBC-WJZ radio, 11:15 P.M. [Pittsburgh Courier, 14Sep/35]
20Sep/35 NBC-WJZ radio, 11:15 P.M. [New York Herald Tribune, 20Sep/35]
23Sep/35 NBC-WJZ radio, 11:15 P.M.-Negro Quartet [New York Herald Tribune, 23Sep/35]
25Sep/35 NBC-WJZ radio, 11:15 P.M.-Negro Quartet [New York Herald Tribune, 25Sep/35]
27Sep/35 NBC-WJZ radio, 11:15 P.M. [New York Herald Tribune, 27Sep/35]
30Sep/35 NBC-WJZ radio, 11:15 P.M.-Negro Quartet [New York Herald Tribune, 30Sep/35]
4Oct/35 NBC-WJZ radio, 11:15 P.M. [New York Herald Tribune, 4Oct/35]
7Oct/35 NBC-WJZ radio, 11:15 P.M. [NY Amsterdam News, 5Oct/35]
9Oct/35 NBC-WJZ radio, 11:15 P.M. [NY Amsterdam News, 5Oct/35]
11Oct/35 NBC-WJZ radio, 11:15 P.M. [New York Herald Tribune, 11Oct/35]
14Oct/35 NBC-WJZ radio, 11:15 P.M. [NY Amsterdam News, 12Oct/35]
16Oct/35 NBC-WJZ radio, 11:15 P.M. [NY Amsterdam News, 12Oct/35]
18Oct/35 NBC-WJZ radio, 11:15 P.M. [New York Herald Tribune, 18Oct/35]
21Oct/35 NBC-WJZ radio, 11:15 P.M. [NY Amsterdam News, 19Oct/35]
23Oct/35 NBC-WJZ radio, 11:15 P.M. [Boston Globe, 23Oct/35]
25Oct/35 NBC-WJZ radio, 11:15 P.M. [New York Herald Tribune, 25Oct/35]
28Oct/35 NBC-WJZ radio, 11:15 P.M. [NY Amsterdam News, 26Oct/35]
30Oct/35 NBC-WJZ radio, 11:15 P.M. [Boston Globe, 30Oct/35]
1Nov/35 NBC-WJZ radio, 11:15 P.M. 15 min., Friday [New York Herald Tribune]
4Nov/35 NBC-WJZ radio, 11:15 P.M. [Pittsburgh Courier, 2Nov/35]
6Nov/35 NBC-WJZ radio, 11:15 P.M. [Boston Globe, 6Nov/35]
8Nov/35 NBC-WJZ radio, 11:15 P.M. 15 min., Friday [New York Herald Tribune]
8-14Nov/35 Apollo, NYC-songs: 4 Ink Spots headline with Chick Webb and His Band featuring Ella Fitzgerald, Bardou Ali & Charlie Lintin. Also Sandy Burns, Jelli Smith, Geo. Wiltshire, Apus Brooks, Jackie Mabley, Al Moore, 3 Ragamuffins, Leonard Harper’s Beauty Chorus. Movie: Special Agent. "The quartet of guitar-stringing brownskin lads were the high spot of a good stage show." [New York Amsterdam News, 9&16Nov/35]
-Lulu's Back In Town
-Your Feet's Too Big
-(Mama) Don't 'Low No Swingin' in Here
11Nov/35 NBC-WJZ radio, 11:15 P.M.-Negro Quartet [NY Herald Tribune, 11Nov/35]
13Nov/35 NBC-WJZ radio, 11:15 P.M. [Boston Globe, 13Nov/35]
15Nov/35 NBC-WJZ radio, 11:15 P.M. 15 min., Friday [New York Herald Tribune]
18Nov/35 NBC-WJZ radio, 11:15 P.M.-Negro Quartet [NY Herald Tribune, 18Nov/35]
20Nov/35 NBC-WJZ radio, 11:15 P.M. [Boston Globe, 20Nov/35]
25Nov/35 NBC-WJZ radio, 11:15 P.M.-Negro Quartet [NY Herald Tribune, 25Nov/35]
27Nov/35 NBC-WJZ radio, 11:15 P.M. [Boston Globe, 27Nov/35]
2Dec/35 NBC-WJZ radio, 11:15 P.M.-Negro Quartet [NY Herald Tribune, 2Dec/35]
4Dec/35 NBC-WJZ radio, 11:15 P.M. [Boston Globe, 4Dec/35]
9Dec/35 NBC-WJZ radio, 11:15 P.M. [Cincinnati Enquirer, 9Dec/35]
11Dec/35 NBC-WJZ radio, 11:15 P.M. [Boston Globe, 11Dec/35]
13Dec/35 NBC-WJZ radio, 11:15 P.M.-Negro Quartet [NY Herald Tribune, 13Dec/35]
25Dec/35 NBC-WJZ radio, 11:15 P.M.-Negro Quartet [NY Herald Tribune, 25Dec/35]
27Dec/35 NBC-WJZ radio, 11:15 P.M.-Negro Quartet [NY Herald Tribune, 27Dec/35]
30Dec/35 NBC-WJZ radio, 11:15 P.M.-Negro Quartet [NY Herald Tribune, 30Dec/35]
1Jan/36 NBC-WJZ radio, 11:15 P.M. [Boston Globe, 1Jan/36]
3Jan/36 NBC-WJZ radio, 11:15 P.M. [Boston Globe, 3Jan/36]
6Jan/36 NBC-WJZ radio, 11:15 P.M. [Boston Globe, 6Jan/36]
8Jan/36 NBC-WJZ radio, 11:15 P.M. [NY Amsterdam News, 4Jan/36]
10Jan/36 NBC-WJZ radio, 11:15 P.M. [Boston Globe, 10Jan/36]
13Jan/36 NBC-WJZ radio, 11:15 P.M. [Boston Globe, 13Jan/36]
15Jan/36 NBC-WJZ radio, 11:15 P.M. [Boston Globe, 15Jan/36]
17Jan/36 NBC-WJZ radio, 11:15 P.M.-Negro Quartet [NY Herald Tribune, 17Jan/36]
20Jan/36 NBC-WJZ radio, 11:15 P.M. [Boston Globe, 20Jan/36]
22Jan/36? NBC-WJZ, Gems of Color, 10:30 P.M. [NY Herald Tribune, 22Jan/36]
24Jan/36 NBC-WJZ radio, 11:15 P.M. [Boston Globe, 24Jan/36]
27Jan/36 NBC-WJZ radio, 11:15 P.M.-Negro Quartet [NY Herald Tribune, 27Jan/36]
31Jan/36 NBC-WJZ radio, 11:15 P.M.-Negro Quartet [NY Herald Tribune, 31Jan/36]
Early 1936 Jerry Daniels decides to retire from group and Bill Kenny is replacement Although many sources suggest Kenny joined the group as late as 1939 just in time for their all-time hit, "If I Didn’t Care", Kenny can be heard clearly on their first Decca recording –Your Feet's Too Big.
3Feb/36 NBC-WJZ radio, 11:15 P.M. [Boston Globe, 3Feb/36]
5Feb/36? NBC-WEAF, Gems of Color weekly radio show, 10:30P.M. [NY Herald Tribune, 5Feb/36]
7Feb/36 NBC-WJZ radio, 11:15 P.M. [Boston Globe, 7Feb/36]
10Feb/36 NBC-WJZ radio, 11:15 P.M. [Boston Globe, 10Feb/36]
12Feb/36 NBC-WEAF, Gems of Color, 10:30P.M. W/ Chick Webb Orch, Ella Fitzgerald, Cecil Mack's Choir. [NY Amsterdam News, 8Feb/35]. Cleveland Call & Post, 20Feb/36 picture caption indicates, "The Four Ink Spots, a novelty instrumental and vocal quartet is one of the popular features…"
14Feb/36 NBC-WJZ radio, 11:15 P.M. [Boston Globe, 14Feb/36]
17Feb/36 NBC-WJZ radio, 11:15 P.M. [Boston Globe, 17Feb/36]
19Feb/36 NBC-WJZ, Gems of Color, 10:30P.M. [NY Herald Tribune, 19Feb/36]
21Feb/36 NBC-WJZ radio, 11:15 P.M. [Boston Globe, 21Feb/36]
24Feb/36 NBC-WJZ radio, 11:15 P.M. [Boston Globe, 24Feb/36]
26Feb/36 NBC-WJZ, Gems of Color weekly radio show, 10:30P.M. W/ Chick Webb Orch, Ella Fitzgerald, Cecil Mack's Choir. [Afro-American, 29Feb/36]
28Feb/36 NBC-WJZ radio, 11:15 P.M. [Boston Globe, 28Feb/36]
2Mar/36 NBC-WJZ radio, 11:15 P.M. [Boston Globe, 2Mar/36]
4Mar/36 NBC-WJZ, Gems of Color weekly radio show, 10:30P.M.? [NY Herald Tribune, 4Mar/36]
6Mar/36 NBC-WJZ radio, 11:15 P.M. [Cincinnati Enquirer, 6Mar/36]
9Mar/36 NBC-WJZ radio, 11:15 P.M. [Boston Globe, 9Mar/36]
11Mar/36 NBC-WJZ, Gems of Color weekly radio show, 10:30P.M. W/ Chick Webb Orch, Ella Fitzgerald, Cecil Mack's Choir. [Afro-American, 14Mar/36]
13Mar/36 NBC-WJZ radio, 11:15 P.M. [Boston Globe, 13Mar/36]
16Mar/36 NBC-WJZ radio, 11:15 P.M. [Boston Globe, 16Mar/36]
18Mar/36 NBC-WJZ radio, 11:15 P.M. [Cincinnati Enquirer, 18Mar/36]
20Mar/36 NBC-WJZ radio, 11:15 P.M. [Boston Globe, 20Mar/36]
23Mar/36 NBC-WJZ radio, 11:15 P.M. [Boston Globe, 23Mar/36]
25Mar/36 NBC-WJZ, Gems of Color weekly radio show, 10:30P.M.? [NY Herald Tribune, 25Mar/36]
27Mar/36 NBC-WJZ radio, 11:15 P.M. [Boston Globe, 27Mar/36]
30Mar/36 NBC-WJZ radio, 11:15 P.M. [Boston Globe, 30Mar/36]
3Apr/36 NBC-WJZ radio, 11:15 P.M. [Boston Globe, 3Apr/36]
6Apr/36 NBC-WJZ radio, 11:15 P.M. [Boston Globe, 6Apr/36]
8Apr/36 NBC-Good Times Society, 10:30, WJZ? [NY Herald Tribune, 8Apr/36]
10Apr/36 NBC-WJZ radio, 11:15 P.M. [Boston Globe, 10Apr/36]
13Apr/36 NBC-WJZ radio, 11:15 P.M.-Negro Quartet [NY Herald Tribune, 13Apr/36]
17Apr/36 NBC-WJZ radio, 11:15 P.M. [Boston Globe, 17Apr/36]
20Apr/36 NBC-WJZ radio, 11:15 P.M.-Negro Quartet [NY Herald Tribune, 20Apr/36]
24Apr/36 NBC-WJZ radio, 11:15 P.M. [Boston Globe, 24Apr/36]
27Apr/36 NBC-WJZ radio, 11:15 P.M.-Negro Quartet [NY Herald Tribune, 27Apr/36]
1May/36 NBC-WJZ radio, 11:15 P.M. [Boston Globe, 1May/36]
1-7May/36 Apollo, NYC IS have top billing now. Also Sunshine Sammy & the Hardy Bros. Band, Lucky Sisters, Ford, Reading & Royce, McClain & Ross, Norman Astwood, Margaret Simms, Pigmeat, John Mason, Monty Hawley, Bernham, Harris & Scott, 16 Operettes. Movie: The Crime of Doctor Crispi". [New York Amsterdam News, 2May/36]
8May/36 NBC-Good Times Society, 8:30, WJZ W/Juano Hernandez, Chick Webb & His Orch., Ella Fitzgerald, Juanita Hall's Choir. [NY Amsterdam News, 9May/36]
NBC-WJZ radio, 11:15 P.M. [Boston Globe, 8May/36]
12May/36 Recording debut for Decca-songs:
-Your Feet’s Too Big Interesting to compare this version with Kenny to 1935 version with Daniels
-‘T Ain’t Nobody’s Biz-ness If I Do
15May/36 NBC-WJZ radio, 11:15 P.M. [Boston Globe, 15May/36]
18May/36 NBC-WJZ radio, 11:15 P.M.-Negro Quartet [New York Herald Tribune, 18May/36]
21May/36 NBC-Good Times Society, 8:30, WJZ? [New York Herald Tribune, 21May/36]
22May/36 NBC-WJZ radio, 11:15 P.M. [Boston Globe, 22May/36]
25May/36 NBC-WJZ radio, 11:15 P.M.-Negro Quartet [New York Herald Tribune, 25May/36]
28May/36 NBC-Good Times Society, 8:30, WJZ? [New York Herald Tribune, 28May/36]
1Jun/36 NBC-WJZ radio @11.15 P.M. 15 minutes, Monday [NY Times, 1Jun/36]
5Jun/36 NBC-WJZ radio, 11:15 P.M.-Negro Quartet [New York Herald Tribune, 5Jun/36]
8Jun/36 NBC-WJZ radio @11.15 P.M. I5 minutes, Monday [NY Times, 8Jun/36]
12Jun/36 NBC-WJZ radio @11.15 P.M.  15 minutes, Friday [New York Herald Tribune]
17Jun/36 NBC-WJZ radio @11.00 P.M. - News, Ink Spots Quartette 15 minutes, Wednesday [NY Times, 17Jun/36]
18Jun/36 Recording date-songs:
-Stompin’ At the Savoy
-Old Joe’s Hittin’ the Jug
-Keep Away From My Doorstep
-Christopher Columbus
19Jun/36 NBC-WJZ radio @11.15 P.M.  15 minutes, Friday [New York Herald Tribune]
22Jun/36 NBC-WJZ radio @11.15 P.M.  15 minutes, Monday [New York Herald Tribune]
24Jun/36 NBC-WJZ radio @11.00 P.M. - News, Ink Spots Quartette 15 minutes, Wednesday [NY Times, 24Jun/36]
26Jun/36 NBC-WJZ radio, 11:15 P.M.-Negro Quartet [New York Herald Tribune, 26Jun/36]
29Jun/36 NBC-WJZ radio @11.15 P.M.  15 minutes, Monday [New York Herald Tribune]
1Jul/36 NBC-WJZ radio @11.00 P.M. - News, Ink Spots Quartette 15 minutes, Wednesday [NY Times, 1Jul/36]
3Jul/36 NBC-WJZ radio, 11:15 P.M.-Negro Quartet [New York Herald Tribune, 3Jul/36]
6Jul/36 NBC-WJZ radio @11.15 P.M.  15 minutes, Monday [New York Herald Tribune]
8Jul/36 NBC-WJZ radio @11.00 P.M. - News, Ink Spots Quartette 15 minutes, Wednesday [NY Times, 8Jul/36]
10July/36 NBC-WJZ radio, 11:15 P.M.-Negro Quartet [New York Herald Tribune, 10Jul/36]
13Jul/36 NBC-WJZ radio @11.15 P.M.  15 minutes, Monday [New York Herald Tribune]
15Jul/36 NBC-WJZ radio @11.00 P.M. - News, Ink Spots Quartette 15 minutes, Wednesday [NY Times, 15Jul/36]
17Jul/36 NBC-WJZ radio, 11:15 P.M.-Negro Quartet [New York Herald Tribune, 17Jul/36]
20Jul/36 NBC-WJZ radio @11.15 P.M.  15 minutes, Monday [New York Herald Tribune]
22Jul/36 NBC-WJZ radio @11.00 P.M. - News, Ink Spots Quartette 15 minutes, Wednesday [NY Times, 22Jul/36]
24Jul/36 NBC-WJZ radio, 11:15 P.M.-Negro Quartet [New York Herald Tribune, 24Jul/36]
27Jul/36 NBC-WJZ radio @11.15 P.M.  15 minutes, Monday [New York Herald Tribune]
29Jul/36 NBC-WJZ radio @11.00 P.M. - News, Ink Spots Quartette 15 minutes, Wednesday [NY Times, 29Jul/36]
3Aug/36 NBC-WJZ radio @11.15 P.M.  15 minutes, Monday [New York Herald Tribune]
5Aug/36 NBC-WJZ radio @11.00 P.M. - News, Ink Spots Quartette 15 minutes, Wednesday [NY Times, 5Aug/36]
7Aug/36 NBC-WJZ radio, 11:15 P.M. [Boston Globe, 7Aug/36]
10Aug/36 NBC-WJZ radio @11.15 P.M.  15 minutes, Monday [New York Herald Tribune]
12Aug/36 NBC-WJZ radio @11.00 P.M. - News, Ink Spots Quartette 15 minutes, Wednesday [NY Times, 12Aug/36]
14Aug/36 NBC-WJZ radio, 11:15 P.M.-Negro Quartet [Boston Globe, 14Aug/36]
17Aug/36 NBC-WJZ radio @11.15 P.M.  15 minutes, Monday [New York Herald Tribune]
19Aug/36 NBC-WJZ radio @11.00 P.M. - News, Ink Spots Quartette 15 minutes, Wednesday [NY Times, 19Aug/36]
21Aug/36 NBC-WJZ radio, 11:15 P.M.-Negro Quartet [Boston Globe, 21Aug/36]
24Aug/36 NBC-WJZ radio @11.15 P.M.  15 minutes, Monday [New York Herald Tribune]
26Aug/36 NBC-WJZ radio @11.00 P.M. - News, Ink Spots Quartette 15 minutes, Wednesday [NY Times, 26Aug/36]
28Aug/36 NBC-WJZ radio, 11:15 P.M.-Negro Quartet [Boston Globe, 28Aug/36]
31Aug/36 NBC-WJZ radio @11.15 P.M.  15 minutes, Monday [New York Herald Tribune]
2Sep/36 NBC-WJZ radio @11.15 P.M. 15 minutes, Wednesday [NY Times, 2Sep/36]
4Sep/36 NBC-WJZ radio @11.15 P.M. [Boston Globe, 4Sep/36]
7Sep/36 NBC-WJZ radio @11.15 P.M. 15 minutes, Monday [NY Times, 7Sep/36]
9Sep/36 NBC-WJZ radio @11.15 P.M. 15 minutes, Wednesday [NY Times, 9Sep/36]
11Sep/36 NBC-WJZ radio @11.15 P.M. [Boston Globe, 11Sep/36]
14Sep/36 NBC-WJZ radio @11.15 P.M. 15 minutes, Monday [NY Times, 14Sep/36]
16Sep/36 NBC-WJZ radio @11.15 P.M. 15 minutes, Wednesday [NY Times, 16Sep/36]
18Sep/36 NBC-WJZ radio @11.15 P.M. [Boston Globe, 18Sep/36]
21Sep/36 NBC-WJZ radio @11.15 P.M. 15 minutes, Monday [NY Times, 21Sep/36]
25Sep/36 NBC-WJZ radio @11.15 P.M. [Boston Globe, 25Sep/36]
28Sep/36 NBC-WJZ radio @11.15 P.M. 15 minutes, Monday [NY Times, 28Sep/36]
30Sep/36 NBC-WJZ radio @11.15 P.M. 15 minutes, Wednesday [NY Times, 30Sep/36]
2Oct/36 NBC-WJZ radio @11.15 P.M. [Boston Globe, 2Oct/36]
5Oct/36 NBC-WJZ radio @11.15 P.M. 15 minutes, Monday [NY Times, 5Oct/36]
7Oct/36 NBC-WJZ radio @11.15 P.M. 15 minutes, Wednesday [NY Times, 7Oct/36]
9Oct/36 NBC-WJZ radio @11.15 P.M. [Boston Globe, 9Oct/36]
12Oct/36 NBC-WJZ radio @11.15 P.M. 15 minutes, Monday [NY Times, 12Oct/36]
14Oct/36 NBC-WJZ radio @11.15 P.M. 15 minutes, Wednesday [NY Times, 14Oct/36]
16Oct/36 NBC-WJZ radio @11.15 P.M. [Boston Globe, 16Oct/36]
16-22Oct/36 Apollo, NYC IS are second billed to Chick Webb & His Orch. with Ella Fitzgerald, Charlie Linton & Bardou Ali. Also Chink Collins, Madeline Belt, Jackie Mabley, Sandy Burns, Dusty Fletcher, Geo. Wiltshire, 6 Cotton Club Boys, 12 Careyettes. Movie: It Couldn’t Have Happened. [New York Amsterdam News, 17Oct/36]
19Oct/36 NBC-WJZ radio @11.15 P.M. 15 minutes, Monday [NY Times, 19Oct/36]
21Oct/36 NBC-WJZ radio @11.15 P.M. 15 minutes, Wednesday [NY Times, 21Oct/36]
23Oct/36 NBC-WJZ radio @11.15 P.M. [Boston Globe, 23Oct/36]
26Oct/36 NBC-WJZ radio @11.15 P.M. 15 minutes, Monday [NY Times, 26Oct/36]
28Oct/36 NBC-WJZ radio @11.15 P.M. 15 minutes, Wednesday [NY Times, 28Oct/36]
30Oct/36 NBC-WJZ radio @11.15 P.M. [Boston Globe, 30Oct/36]
4Nov/36 NBC-WJZ radio, 11:15 P.M.-Negro Quartet [New York Herald Tribune, 4Nov/36]
6Nov/36 2:30 P.M. - NBC/RCA Television Demonstration. Ink Spots perform on the first live TV demonstration at NBC and, on the basis of this, are the first black performers to appear on television in the U.S. Variety states: "Later the Inkspots, a colored comedy - singing unit - put on a three-minute skit with all the stage makeup trappings. Couple of full-length showings were used here and the boys were in motion besides. It worked out okay." (Since they are the first performers mentioned in the article, the Ink Spots may have been the first performers of any color to perform on TV in the U.S.) [Variety, 11Nov/36 & New York Times, 7 Nov/36] The 40 minute program was broadcast from the transmitter on top of the Empire State Building and was received on the 62nd floor of the RCA building in the first live demonstration conducted for the Press [November 6, 1936 Press Release from NBC Television]. In addition to the Ink Spots, Hildegrarde, "The Television Girl", colored comedy teams and announcer Betty Goodwin participated. 
NBC-WJZ radio @11.15 P.M. 15 minutes, Friday [NY Times, 6Nov/36]
9Nov/36 NBC-WJZ radio, 11:15 P.M.-Negro Quartet [New York Herald Tribune, 9Nov/36]
11Nov/36 NBC-WJZ radio @11.15 P.M. 15 minutes, Wednesday [NY Times, 11Nov/36]
13Nov/36 NBC-WJZ radio @11.15 P.M. 15 minutes, Friday [NY Times, 13Nov/36]
16Nov/36 NBC-WJZ radio, 11:15 P.M.-Negro Quartet [New York Herald Tribune, 16Nov/36]
18Nov/36 NBC-WJZ radio @11.15 P.M. 15 minutes, Wednesday [NY Times, 18Nov/36]
20Nov/36 NBC-WJZ radio @11.15 P.M. 15 minutes, Friday [NY Times, 20Nov/36]
23Nov/36 NBC-WJZ radio @11.15 P.M. 15 minutes, Monday [NY Times, 23Nov/36]
25Nov/36 NBC-WJZ radio @11.15 P.M. 15 minutes, Wednesday [NY Times, 25Nov/36]
27Nov/36 NBC-WJZ radio @11.15 P.M. 15 minutes, Friday [NY Times, 27Nov/36]
30Nov/36 NBC-WJZ radio @11.15 P.M. 15 minutes, Monday [NY Times, 30 Nov/36]
15Dec/36 NBC-WJZ radio @11.15 P.M.-Negro Quartet [NY Herald Tribune, 15Dec/36]
17Dec/36 NBC-WJZ radio @11.15 P.M. [NY Herald Tribune, 17Dec/36]
18Dec/36 NBC, WBZ, 10:30PM, Friday [Boston Globe, 18Dec/36]
21Dec/36 NBC-WJZ radio @11.15 P.M. 15 minutes, Monday [NY Times, 21Dec/36]
25Dec/36 NBC-WBZ, 10:30PM 

NBC-WJZ radio @11.15 P.M.

[Boston Globe, 25Dec/36] 

15 minutes, Friday [NY Times, 25Dec/36]

30Dec/36 NBC-WJZ radio @11.15 P.M. 15 minutes, Wednesday [NY Times, 30Dec/36]
1Jan/37 NBC-WBZ&WJZ, 10:30PM 

NBC-WJZ radio @11.15 P.M.

[Boston Globe & NY Herald Tribune, 1Jan/37] 

15 minutes, Friday [NY Times, 1Jan/37]

4Jan/37 NBC-WJZ radio @11.15 P.M. 15 minutes, Monday [NY Times, 4Jan/37]
6Jan/37 NBC-WJZ radio @11.15 P.M. 15 minutes, Wednesday [NY Times, 6Jan/37]
8Jan/37 NBC-WBZ&WJZ, 10:30PM [Boston Globe & NY Herald Tribune, 8Jan/37]
13Jan/37 NBC-WJZ radio @11.15 P.M. 15 minutes, Wednesday [NY Times, 13Jan/37]
16Jan/37 WEAF radio @11:15 P.M. 15 minutes, Saturday [NY Times, 16Jan/37]
20Jan/37 NBC-WJZ radio @11.15 P.M. 15 minutes, Wednesday [NY Times, 20Jan/37]
23Jan/37 WEAF radio @11:15 P.M. 15 minutes, Saturday [NY Times, 23Jan/37]
27Jan/37 NBC-WJZ radio @11.15 P.M. 15 minutes, Wednesday [NY Times, 27Jan/37]
30Jan/37 WEAF radio @11:15 P.M. 15 minutes, Saturday [NY Times, 30Jan/37]
3Feb/37 NBC-WJZ radio @11.15 P.M. 15 minutes, Wednesday [NY Times, 3Feb/37]
5Feb/37 Recording date-songs:
-Alabama Barbeque
-Don’t Let Old Age Creep Up On You
-With Plenty of Money and You A great modern version of this song is out by the Manhattan Rhythm Kings
-Yes Suh!
6Feb/37 NBC-WEAF radio @11:15 P.M. 15 minutes, Saturday [NY Times, 6Feb/37]
8Feb/37 NBC-WJZ, 10:00PM, Chick Webb's Good Times society, the Ink Spots were regulars on this show. On one show, for which air checks exist, they sang: [NY Herald Tribune, 8Feb/37]
-Swing, Mr. Charlie
10Feb/37 NBC-WEAF, Red Network, 11:15PM 15 minutes, Wednesday [NY Times, 10Feb/37]
13Feb/37 NBC-WEAF, 11:15PM 15 minutes, Saturday [NY Times, 13Feb/37]
17Feb/37 NBC-WEAF, 11:15PM 15 minutes, Wednesday [NY Times, 17Feb/37]
20Feb/37 NBC-WEAF, 11:15PM 15 minutes, Saturday [NY Times, 20Feb/37]
24Feb/37 NBC-WEAF, 11:15PM 15 minutes, Wednesday [NY Times, 24Feb/37]
27Feb/37 NBC-WEAF, 11:15PM 15 minutes, Saturday [NY Times, 27Feb/37]
3Mar/37 NBC-WEAF, 11:15PM 15 minutes, Wednesday [NY Times, 3Mar/37]
6Mar/37 NBC-WEAF, 11:15PM 15 minutes, Saturday [NY Times, 6Mar/37]
8Mar/37 NBC-WJZ, 9:00PM, Good Times society? [NY Herald Tribune, 8Mar/37]
10Mar/37 NBC, 10:15PM [Boston Globe, 10Mar/37]
13Mar/37 NBC-WEAF, 11:15PM 15 minutes, Saturday [NY Times, 13Mar/37]
20Mar/37 NBC-WEAF, 11:15PM 15 minutes, Saturday [NY Times, 20Mar/37]
27Mar/37 NBC-WEAF, 11:15PM 15 minutes, Saturday [NY Times, 27Mar/37]
29Mar/37 NBC-WJZ, 9:00PM, Good Times society? [NY Herald Tribune, 29Mar/37]
3Apr/37 NBC-WEAF, 11:15PM 15 minutes, Saturday [NY Times, 3Apr/37]
9Apr/37 Recording date-songs:
-Whoa Babe
-Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off
-Swing High, Swing Low
-Slap That Bass
10Apr/37 NBC-WEAF, 11:15PM 15 minutes, Saturday [NY Times, 10Apr/37]
12Apr/37 NBC-WJZ, 9:00PM, Good Times society? [NY Herald Tribune, 12Apr/37]
14Apr/37 NBC Radio, Blue Network, WJZ, 3:45PM 15 minutes, Wednesday [NY Times, 14Apr/37]
26Apr/37 NBC-WJZ, 9:00PM, Good Times society? [NY Herald Tribune, 26Apr/37]
28Apr/37 NBC Radio, Blue Network, WJZ, 3:45PM 15 minutes, Wednesday [NY Times, 28Apr/37]
3May/37 NBC-WJZ, 9:00PM, Good Times society? [NY Herald Tribune, 3May/37]
17May/37 NBC-WJZ, 9:00PM, Good Times society? [NY Herald Tribune, 17May/37]
25May/37 NBC-WJZ, 9:00PM, Good Times society? [NY Herald Tribune, 25May/37]
27May/37 WEAF, 11:15PM-Negro Quartet [NY Herald Tribune, 27May/37]
31May/37 NBC-WJZ, 9:00PM, Good Times society? [NY Herald Tribune, 31May/37]
3Jun/37 WEAF, 11:15PM 15 minutes, Thursday [NY Times, 3Jun/37]
7Jun/37 NBC-WJZ, 9:00PM, Good Times society? [NY Herald Tribune, 7Jun/37]
10Jun/37 WEAF, 11:15PM 15 minutes, Thursday [NY Times, 10Jun/37]
17Jun/37 WEAF, 11:15PM 15 minutes, Thursday [NY Times, 17Jun/37]
24Jun/37 WEAF, 11:15PM 15 minutes, Thursday [NY Times, 24Jun/37]
28Jun/37 NBC-WJZ, 9:00PM, Good Times society? [NY Herald Tribune, 28Jun/37]
1Jul/37 WEAF, 11:15PM [Radio Guide, Jul/37]
5Jul/37 NBC-WJZ, 9:00PM, Good Times society? [NY Herald Tribune, 5Jul/37]
8Jul/37 WEAF, 11:15PM 15 minutes, Thursday [NY Times, 8Jul/37]
15Jul/37 WEAF, 11:15PM 15 minutes, Thursday [NY Times, 15Jul/37]
29Jul/37 WEAF, 11:15PM 15 minutes, Thursday [NY Times, 29Jul/37]
5Aug/37 WEAF, 11:15PM 15 minutes, Thursday [NY Times, 5Aug/37]
12Aug/37 NBC, 11:15PM-Negro Quartet [NY Herald Tribune, 12Aug/37]
19Aug/37 WEAF, 11:15PM 15 minutes, Thursday [NY Times, 19Aug/37]
26Aug/37 WEAF, 11:15PM 15 minutes, Thursday [NY Times, 26Aug/37]
2Sep/37 WEAF, 11:15PM 15 minutes, Thursday [NY Times, 2Sep/37]
8Sep/37 WEAF, 11:15PM 15 minutes, Wednesday [NY Times, 8Sep/37]
15Sep/37 WEAF, 11:15PM 15 minutes, Wednesday [NY Times, 8Sep/37]
22Sep/37 WEAF, 11:15PM 22 minutes, Wednesday [NY Times, 8Sep/37]
29Sep/37 WEAF, 11:15PM 29 minutes, Wednesday [NY Times, 8Sep/37]
3-31Oct/37 Hotel Bennett, Binghamton, NY Sans Souci Grill – 4:30 to 5:30 

Crimson Coffee Shop – 9 to 1:00AM. Featuring Thurs., Fri. & Sat. The Wandering Minstrels with Annabelle Lee. Also Jack Brown, Madelon Ianere. 

[Binghamton Press, Saturday, 29Sep/37, p.14]

6Oct/37 WEAF, 11:15PM 29 minutes, Wednesday [NY Times, 6Oct/37]
13Oct/37 WEAF, 11:15PM 29 minutes, Wednesday [NY Times, 13Oct/37]
19-25Nov/37 Apollo, NYC IS headline w/Edgar Hayes & His Orch. with Ruth Ellington, Jigsaw Jackson, Billy Branch & Co., Larry Seymour, Buddy & Judy Allen, Dusty Fletcher, Sandy Burns, Geo. Wiltshire, 16 Lovely, Perfectly-Trained Clarence Robinson Girls. Movie: Outlaws of the Orient. [New York Amsterdam News, 20Nov/37]
11Dec/37 – 7Jan/38 Hotel Bennett, Binghamton, NY Crimson Coffee Shop – 9 to 1:00AM 

On Thurs., Fri., & Sat. also with the Wandering Minstrels & Anna Belle Lee, Jack Brown, Madelon Ianere. 

Special New Year Show in 3 rooms: 

Persian Room, Ballroom & Crimson Coffee Shop w/Red Henderson Orch & blues singer Anita Ianere, Jack Brown, Madelon Ianere, tap dancer Anna Belle Lee, Eve Brien. Cover charge $1.50. [Binghamton Press, 9 & 10Dec/37; 7Jan/38]

11Jan/38 WEAF, 11:00PM 15 minutes, Tuesday [NY Times, 11Jan/38]
12Jan/38 WJZ, 11:00PM 15 minutes with news, Wednesday [NY Times, 12Jan/38]
18Jan/38 WEAF, 11:00PM 15 minutes, Tuesday [NY Times, 18Jan/38]
19Jan/38 WJZ, 11:00PM 15 minutes with news, Wednesday [NY Times, 19Jan/38]
22Jan/38-?Feb/38 Hotel Bennett, Binghamton, NY "Four Inkspots, NBC singing quartet, returned to the Hotel Bennet, Binghamton, N. Y., this week for a four-week run." [Billboard, Club Talent column, 22Jan/38]
25Jan/38 WEAF, 11:00PM 15 minutes, Tuesday [NY Times, 25Jan/38]
26Jan/38 WJZ, 11:00PM 15 minutes with news, Wednesday [NY Times, 26Jan/38]
27Jan/38 WEAF, 11:00PM 15 minutes, Thursday [NY Times, 27Jan/38]
1Feb/38 WEAF, 11:00PM 15 minutes with news, Tuesday [NY Times, 1Feb/38]
2Feb/38 WJZ, 11:00PM 15 minutes with news, Wednesday [NY Times, 2Feb/38]
4Feb/38 WEAF, 11:00PM 15 minutes, Friday [NY Times, 4Feb/38]
8Feb/38 WEAF, 11:00PM 15 minutes, Tuesday [NY Times, 8Feb/38]
9Feb/38 WJZ, 11:00PM 15 minutes with news, Wednesday [NY Times, 9Feb/38]
15Feb/38 WEAF, 11:00PM-part of this broadcast exists in the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Lincoln Center Plaza, NYC and songs include: 15 minutes, Tuesday [NY Times, 15Feb/38]
-I'm Feelin' Like A Million A great tune for this group

-Tune In On My Heart

(from the 1929 Broadway musical Remote Control, lyrics and music by Buddy Valantine and Gene Johnston)

This song is the earliest known song sung by the Ink Spots in their classic ballad style with guitar introduction, Bill Kenny high tenor and Hoppy Jones talking chorus. Unfortunately, only about 1/2 of this song is on the partial broadcast.
16Feb/38 WJZ, 11:00PM 15 minutes with news, Wednesday [NY Times, 16Feb/38]
23Feb/38 WJZ, 11:00PM 15 minutes, Wednesday [NY Times, 16Feb/38]
1Mar/38 WEAF, 11:15PM I5 minutes, Tuesday [NY Times, 1Mar/38]
2Mar/38 WJZ, 11:00PM 15 minutes, Wednesday [NY Times, 2Mar/38]
8Mar/38 WEAF, 11:15PM I5 minutes, Tuesday [NY Times, 8Mar/38]
9Mar/38 WJZ, 11:00PM 15 minutes, Wednesday [NY Times, 9Mar/38]
11-12Mar/38 Levaggi's, Boston The Ink Spots were so popular that they are coming back in April [Chicago Defender, 26Mar/38]
15Mar/38 WEAF, 11:15PM I5 minutes, Tuesday [NY Times, 15Mar/38]
16Mar/38 WJZ, 11:00PM 15 minutes, Wednesday [NY Times, 16Mar/38]
22Mar/38 WEAF, 11:15PM I5 minutes, Tuesday [NY Times, 22Mar/38]
29Mar/38 WEAF, 11:00PM 15 minutes with news, Tuesday [NY Times, 29Mar/38]
25Mar/38 Recording date-songs:
-Oh! Red
-That Cat Is High
2Apr/38 WJZ, 8:45PM 15 minutes, Saturday [NY Times, 2Apr/38]
5Apr/38 WJZ, 11:15PM I5 minutes, Tuesday [NY Times, 5Apr/38]
12Apr/38 WJZ, 11:15PM I5 minutes, Tuesday [NY Times, 12Apr/38]
17-29 ?Apr/38 Levaggi’s Grill Room, Boston Chick Webb w/Ella Fitzgerald are performing upstairs at this time. [Pittsburgh Courier, 9 Apr/38]. "Four Ink Spots move into Levaggi's Boston, April 17…" [Billboard, 26Mar/38]
19May/38 WEAF, 11:15PM 15 minutes, Thursday [NY Times, 19May/38]
19May/38 Recording date-songs:
-I Wish You the Best of Everything
-When the Sun Goes Down
20-26May/38 Apollo, NYC, songs included: IS & Don Redman & His Swing Band w/ Louise McCarroll star. Also Chuck & Chuckles, Three Lunatrix, Wilkins & James, 16 Dancing Beauties. Movie: The Crime of Dr. Hallett. [New York Amsterdam News, 21May/38-have just arrived from Boston]
-Old Man Mose 3 encores
26May/38 WEAF, 11:15PM 15 minutes, Thursday [NY Times, 26May/38]
2Jun/38 WEAF, 11:15PM 15 minutes, Thursday [NY Times, 2Jun/38]
9Jun/38 WEAF, 11:15PM 15 minutes, Thursday [NY Times, 9Jun/38]
16Jun/38 WEAF, 11:15PM 15 minutes, Thursday [NY Times, 16Jun/38]
23Jun/38 WEAF, 11:15PM 15 minutes, Thursday [NY Times, 23Jun/38]
14Jul/38 WJZ, 11:00PM 15 minutes, Thursday [NY Times, 14Jul/38]
21Jul/38 WJZ, 11:00PM 15 minutes, Thursday [NY Times, 21Jul/38]
28Jul/38 WJZ, 11:00PM 15 minutes, Thursday [NY Times, 28Jul/38]
2Aug/37 WJZ, 7:30PM 15 minutes, Tuesday [NY Times, 2Aug/38]
4Aug/38 WJZ, 11:00PM 15 minutes, Thursday [NY Times, 4Aug/38]
9Aug/38 WJZ, 7:30PM 15 minutes, Tuesday [NY Times, 9Aug/38]
11Aug/38 WJZ, 11:00PM 15 minutes, Thursday [NY Times, 11Aug/38]
12Aug/38 WJZ, 10:30PM 15 minutes, Friday [NY Times, 12Aug/38]
16Aug/38 WJZ, 7:30PM 15 minutes, Tuesday [NY Times, 16Aug/38]
18Aug/38 Radio, NBC Blue Network, WJZ, New York -songs: 15 minutes, Thursday [NY Times, 18Aug/38]. You can hear this broadcast in the Recorded Sound Reference Center, Library of Congress [RWA 2310 A4]
-Theme, refrain from Ellington’s Black & Tan Fantasy
-I'm Feelin' Like A Million Group, Deek comments and Hoppy comments back-great. A more polished and slightly different version than the 15Feb/38 broadcast.
-So Little Time (and So Much to Do) Classic ballad style with guitar intro, Bill Kenny high tenor and Hoppy Jones talking chorus.
-A Tisket-A-Tasket Old style jump tune
-Spring Is Here From film "I Married An Angel"-ballad but not classic style. Hoppy does introduction singing solo on this song.
-Flat Foot Floogie Old style
19Aug/38 WJZ, 10:30PM 15 minutes, Friday [NY Times, 19Aug/38]
23Aug/38 WJZ, 7:30PM 15 minutes, Tuesday [NY Times, 23Aug/38]
25Aug/38 WJZ, 11:00PM 15 minutes, Thursday [NY Times, 25Aug/38]
26Aug/38 WJZ, 10:30PM 15 minutes, Friday [NY Times, 26Aug/38]
31Aug/38 Recording date-songs:
-Pork Chops ‘N Gravy
-Brown Gal
1Sep/38 WJZ, 11:00PM 15 minutes, Thursday [NY Times, 1Sep/38]
2Sep/38 WJZ, 10:30PM 15 minutes, Friday [NY Times, 2Sep/38]
8Sep/38 WJZ, 11:00PM 15 minutes with news, Thursday [NY Times, 8Sep/38]
9Sep/38 WJZ, 11:00PM 15 minutes, Friday [NY Times, 9Sep/38]
15Sep/38 WJZ, 11:00PM 15 minutes, Thursday [NY Times, 15Sep/38]
16Sep/38 WJZ, 11:00PM 15 minutes, Friday [NY Times, 16Sep/38]
22Sep/38 WJZ, 11:00PM 15 minutes, Thursday [NY Times, 22Sep/38]
23Sep/38 WJZ, 11:00PM 15 minutes, Friday [NY Times, 23Sep/38]
9-30Oct/38 Crimson Room, Hotel Bennett, Binghamton, NY Billboard article [29Oct/38] says IS broadcast over WNBF, Binghamton, every day but our search reveals only 4 broadcasts listed in local newspapers (see below).  [Binghamton Press, 7Oct/38]
18Oct/38 Radio, WNBF, Binghamton, 15 min., Tues., 5:45PM [Binghamton Press, Monday, 17Oct/38, radio listings]
24Oct/38 Radio, WNBF, Binghamton, 15 min., Tues., 5:45PM [Binghamton Press, Monday, 23Oct/38, radio listings ]
28Oct/38 Radio, WNBF, Binghamton, 15 min., Fri., 5:45PM [Binghamton Press, Thursday, 27Oct/38, radio listings ]
29Sep/38 WJZ, 11:00PM 15 minutes, Thursday [NY Times, 29Sep/38]
30Sep/38 WJZ, 11:00PM 15 minutes, Friday [NY Times, 30Sep/38]
1Nov/38 Radio, WNBF, Binghamton, 15 min., Tues., 5:45PM [Binghamton Press, Monday, 31Oct/38, radio listings ]
24Nov-1Dec/38 Nixon Grand, Phil., PA  America’s largest colored show house reopens on Thanksgiving Day. Show stars Ethel Waters supported by the Four IS "who are making their first Philadelphia appearance in over two years". Also Jesse Stone & His Swing Orch., 16 sun-tanned dancing beauties, Swan & Lee comedy stars and a host of others. Movie: Swing That Cheer. [The Phil. Record, 23Nov/38 & The Pittsburgh Courier, 26Nov/38]
2-8Dec/38 Apollo, NYC Tiny Bradshaw & His Band and 4 IS headline w/Jean Starr, Pigmeat, Givens & Karol, 16 Dancing Girls. Movie: Personal Secretary. [New York Amsterdam News, 3Dec/38]
10Dec/38 WJZ, 11:45PM 15 minutes, Saturday [NY Times, 10 Dec/38]
16Dec/38 Apollo, NYC, 2nd Annual Amsterdam News Monster Midnight Benefit Show W/Cab Calloway & His Band, Nicholas Bros., Berry Bros., Artie Shaw & Band, Gladys Palmer from Band Box, Sister Tharpe – Holy Roller Singer of the Cotton Club, Fats Waller, Don Redman, 4Ink Spots, Musa Williams, Chilton & Thomas, Hazel Scott, Mable Scott, W. C. Handy, and many others. Prices 55 cents, $1 and $1.50. 
25-29Dec/38 Howard, Washington, DC IS are second-billed to Erskine Hawkins & His Orch. Also Holmes and Henry (the sepia Bergen and McCarthy), Derby Wilson, John Mason, Johnny Vigal, the Addison Carey Dancing Darlings. Movie: Hard To Get. [Afro-American, 24Dec/38]
30Dec/38-5Jan/39 Hippodrome, Balt., MD [Variety, 16Nov/38]
12Jan/39 Recording date-songs:

-If I Didn’t Care

Per Whitburn this song reached 2nd place on the pop charts and was listed for 9 weeks.

The song that made them famous. The IS were paid $37.50. When sales took off and Decca had to destroy the original contract when sales reached 200,000, the IS were paid an additional $3,750. [Swing, Jan/41]
-Just For A Thrill
-Knock Kneed Sal (On the Mourner’s Bench) One story suggests that If I Didn’t Care was a second side for this song but this one is the "B" side.
19-22Jan/39 Orpheum, Memphis, TN W/Floyd Ray & His California Orch.; Danny & Eddie; Ivy, Vern & Von; Joe Alexander; Johnny Alston. Movie: Federal Man Hunt. [Commercial Appeal, Memphis, 19, 20 &21Jan/39]
29Jan-Feb/39? Cocoanut Grove, Park Central Hotel, NYC-songs: "First all-colored entertainment" featuring Chick Webb, Ella Fitzgerald & Band and, as added features, the Ink Spots and Bardou Ali. [Variety, 1Feb/39]. "The aggregation has been booked for a four weeks run at the hotel after which it will continue its country wide theatrical and dance tour." [The Pittsburgh Courier, 4Feb/39]
-Timber** No known version of this song by IS
-Who** No known version of this song by IS
-Beautiful Baby** No known version of this song by IS
-Thanks for Everything** No known version of this song by IS
19-25Mar/39 Royal, Balt., MD 4 Ink Spots W/Flash & Lovey, Slim & Eddie, Pigmeat, Jimmie Baskette, Fast Stepping Queens [Baltimore Afro-American, 18Feb/39] (Thanks to Austin Casey for finding and providing proof of this performance to us.)
30Mar-5Apr/39 Loew’s State, NYC Tony Galento & manager Joe Jacobs, Milton Frome, Lew Parker, Bea Saxon, Bryant Raines & Young, Erskine Hawkins & His Orch., with the Ink Spots and Ida James. Movie: Honolulu. "The Ink Spots, vocalizing with the Hawkins band, drew the best reception of the evening." [Billboard, 8Apr/39]
9-16May/39 Apollo, NYC-songs: W/Claude Hopkins Orch. featuring Beverly White, Bobby & Patsy, Pigmeat & Hamtree, Vivian Harris, Geo. Wiltshire, Jesse James, Helena Smith, 16 Harperettes. IS with Bob Benson. Movie: Inside Story. [Variety, 10May/39]
-Jeepers Creepers** No known version of this song by IS
-Pork Chops & Gravy
-If I Didn’t Care
-Who** No known version of this song by IS
17May/39 Recording date-song:
-Its Funny To Everyone But Me
28May-3Jun/39 Rathskeller, Phil., PA Booked for 2 weeks with options for up to 14 weeks at $250. Moe Gale trying to get them released due to demand following popularity of "If I Didn't Care". Paid unknown amount and agreed to make up the week to free them for Hippodrome appearance beginning of July[Variety, 5July/39] First week w/Jackie Gleason, Una Cooper, Manny Jimmy, Vince & Anita, Msle. Adra, Victor Hugo Orch. [Variety, 31May/39]
4-10Jun/39 Little Rathskeller, Phil., PA  W/Bob Carney, Melba, Carney Twins, Joan Davis, Victor Hugo Orch. [Variety, 7Jun/39]
11-17Jun/39 Little Rathskeller, Phil., PA  W/Bob Carney, Melba, Elaine Jordan, Estelle Sloan, Jean & Robertt, Victor Hugo Orch. [Variety, 14Jun/39]
18-24Jun/39 Little Rathskeller, Phil., PA  W/Bor Carney, Melba, Elaine Jordan, Carroll Sisters, Edith Delaney, Victor Hugo Orch. [Variety, 21Jun/39]
25-29Jun/39 Little Rathskeller, Phil., PA W/Bob Carney, Melba, Elaine Jordan, McDonald & Ross, Joan Davis, Victor Hugo Orch. [Variety, 28Jun/39]
30Jun-6Jul/39 Hippodrome, Balt., MD-songs: W/Harry James Orch. w/Jack Palmer, Connie Haines & Frank Sinatra; Ruthie Barnes; Mack, Wilkie & Dare. Movie: Bridal Suite. [Balt. News-Post, 29Jun/39 & Variety, 5Jul/39]
-What Are You Going To Do** No known version of this song by IS
-Old Man Mose
-Your Feet’s Too Big
-If I Didn’t Care 
-Who** No known version of this song by IS
7-15Jul/39 Little Rathskeller, Phil., PA W/ ?
12July/39 Radio - WFIL, Phil., NBC, 6:30PM. With Bob Benson, songs: 15 minutes, Wednesday [NY Times, 12Jul/39]
-No Wonder
- Stairway to the Stars 
-Pork Chops 'N Gravy
-It's Funny to Everyone But Me
-Tiger Rag
16-22Jul/39 Little Rathskeller, Phil., PA
18Jul/39 WEAF, 6:00PM 15 minutes, Tuesday [NY Times, 18Jul/39]
19Jul/39 WJZ, 6:00PM 15 minutes with news [NY Times, 19Jul/39]
23-29Jul/39 Little Rathskeller, Phil., PA
25Jul/39 WJZ, 6:25PM 20 minutes with organ, Tuesday [NY Times, 25Jul/39]
26Jul/39 WJZ, 6:30PM 15 minutes, Wednesday [NY Times, 26Jul/39]
30Jul-5Aug/39 Little Rathskeller, Phil., PA W/Roy Sedley, Dorothy Henry, Sharon Harvey, Gaye Dixon, Corday & Triano, Victor Hugo Orch. [Variety, 26Jul/39]
3Aug/39 Budweiser Tavern, Thursday Afternoon Jam Sessions, Phil, PA Article indicates they will be weekly guests for the remander of their stay at the Little Rathskeller[Philadelphia Independent, Sunday, 6Aug/39]
1Aug/39 WJZ, 6:25PM 20 minutes with organ, Tuesday [NY Times, 1Aug/39]
2Aug/39 WJZ, 6:30PM 15 minutes, Wednesday [NY Times, 2Aug/39]
6-12Aug/39 Little Rathskeller, Phil., PA W/Dorothy Henry, Sharon Harvey, Gaye Dixon, Jackson & Reenes, Victor Hugo Orch. [Variety, 2Aug/39]
8Aug/39 WJZ, 6:15PM 15 minutes, Tuesday [NY Times, 8Aug/39]
9Aug/39 WJZ, 6:30PM 15 minutes, Wednesday [NY Times, 9Aug/39]
11-16? Aug/39 Shea’s Buffalo, Buffalo, NY [Variety, 12Jul/39]
13-19Aug/39 Little Rathskeller, Phil., PA W/Dorothy Henry, Sharon Harvey, Gaye Dixon, Al Schenk, Lane & Caroll, Victor Hugo Orch. [Variety, 9Aug/39]
15Aug/39 WJZ, 6:30PM 15 minutes, Tuesday [NY Times, 15Aug/39]
16Aug/39 WJZ, 6:30PM 15 minutes, Wednesday [NY Times, 16Aug/39]
17Aug/39 Recording date-songs:

-You Bring Me Down

Per Whitburn this song reached 14th place on the pop music charts and was listed for 2 weeks.

-I don’t Want Sympathy, I Want Love

-Address Unknown

Per Whitburn this song reached 1st place on the pop music charts and was listed for 9 weeks. It was the first Ink Spots record to make first place on the pop charts.

-Coquette
20-26Aug/39 Little Rathskeller, Phil., PA W/Dorothy Henry, Vince & Anita, Babe Moffett, Gaye Dixon, Al Schenk, Victor Hugo Orch. [Variety, 16Aug/39]
22Aug/39 WJZ, 6:30PM 15 minutes, Tuesday [NY Times, 22Aug/39]
23Aug/39 WJZ, 6:30PM 15 minutes, Wednesday [NY Times, 23Aug/39]
27Aug-2Sep/39 Little Rathskeller, Phil., PA W/Dorothy Henry, Vince & Anita, Janice Thompson, Anita Guerlin, Al Schenk, Victor Hugo Orch. [Variety, 23Aug/39]
29Aug/39 WJZ, 6:30PM 15 minutes, Tuesday [NY Times, 29Aug/39]
30Aug/39 WJZ, 6:30PM 15 minutes, Wednesday [NY Times, 30Aug/39]
Aug-Sep/39 Recording date-songs:
-Memories of You rejected
-Puttin’ and Takin’ rejected
4-10Sep/39 Steel Pier, Atlantic City, NJ W/Stump & Stumpy, Lane Bros., Roy Smeck. [Variety, 30Aug/39]
5Sep/39 WJZ, 6:30PM 15 minutes, Tuesday [NY Times, 5Sep/39]
6Sep/39 WJZ, 6:30PM 15 minutes, Wednesday [NY Times, 6Sep/39]
11-16Sep/39 Little Rathskeller, Phil., PA W/Dorothy Henry, McDonald & Ross, Wood & Whalen, Ann Page, Sybil Roth, Victor Hugo Orch. [Variety, 6Sep/39]
12Sep/39 WEAF, 6:00PM 15 minutes, Tuesday [NY Times, 12Sep/39]
13Sep/39 WJZ, 6:30PM 15 minutes, Wednesday [NY Times, 13Sep/39]
17-19Sep/39? Little Rathskeller, Phil., PA W/Dorothy Henry, Winton & Diana, Wood & Whalen, Ann Page, Vera Area, Victor Hugo Orch. [Variety, 13Sep/39]
18Sep/39 Recording date-songs:

-My Prayer

Per Whitburn this song reached 3rd place on the pop music charts and was listed for 12 weeks.

-Give Her My Love
19Sep/39 Vim store in NYC autographing records [Variety, 13Sep/39]
20Sep/39 WJZ, 6:30PM 15 minutes, Wednesday [NY Times, 20Sep/39]
20Sep-10Oct/39

Paramount, NYC-songs:


Featuring Glenn Miller & His Orch. w/ Marlon Hutton, Ray Eberle. Extra Added Attraction The Ink Spots. Also, The Newtons, Tiny, Ann & Tony Small. Movie: Honeymoon in Bali. [New York Times, 19Sep/39]. Paramount adv’t of 10Oct/39 states 137,000 fans 1st week and 134,000 more fans 2nd week [New York Times]. Miller had trouble closing show because fans demand for IS – "…were so talented that even Miller had to give way to them show after show." [The Pittsburgh Courier, 14Oct/39]. Grossed $59,500, $53,000 and $40,000 for 3 weeks. [Variety, 27Sep&4Oct/39]
-Jeepers Creepers** No known version of this song by IS
-Your Feet’s Too Big
-If I Didn’t Care
-Who** No known version of this song by IS
26Sep/39 WEAF, 6:00PM 15 minutes, Tuesday [NY Times, 26Sep/39]
27Sep/39 WJZ, 6:30PM 15 minutes, Wednesday [NY Times, 27Sep/39]
3Oct/39 Recording date-songs:

-Memories of You

Per Whitburn this song reached 29th place on the pop music charts and was listed for 1 week.

-Puttin’ and Takin’
4Oct/39 WJZ, 6:30PM 15 minutes, Wednesday [NY Times, 4Oct/39]
6Oct/39 
 
 

 

Recording date-songs:
-Thoughtless
-I’m Through
-What Can I Do?
11Oct/39 Recording date-songs:

-I’m Getting Sentimental Over You

Per Whitburn this song reached 26th place on the pop music charts and was listed for 1 week.

-Bless You

Per Whitburn this song reached 15th place on the pop music charts and was listed for 1 week. This song was a huge hit in England.

12-16Oct/39 State, Hartford, CN-songs: W/Sammy Kaye Orch., Tommy Ryan, Clyde Burke, Jimmy Brown, Three Barons, Bob Dupont, Spencer & Foreman, Sam Kaplan, Charlie Wilson. Movie: Calling All Marines. [Variety, 11Oct/39 & Hartford Times, 11Oct/39]
-Jeepers Creepers No known version of this song by IS
-Your Feet's Too Big
-If I Didn't Care
-Address Unknown
19-25Oct/39 Royal, Balt., MD [Afro-American, 21Oct/39]
Oct/39 Earle, Washington? ["With the Bands", The Afro-American, 16Sep/39 and "Band Routes", Downbeat, 15Oct/39; Variety, 6Sep/39]
27Oct-2Nov/39 Earle, Phil, PA-songs: [Variety, 25Oct/39] W/Jimmy Lunceford & Orch., Earl & Francis, Dan Grissom, Willie Smith, Jimmy Young, Joe Thomas - did a record week grossing $21,000. Movie: Kid Nightingale. [The Pittsburgh Courier, 25Nov/39 & The Evening Bulletin, 27Oct/39.]
-If I Didn't Care
-Your Feet's Too Big
-Jeeper Creepers No known version of this song by IS
-Address Unknown
-Who No known version of this song by IS
-Just For A Thrill
27Oct-2Nov/39 Little Rathskeller, Phil., PA Ink Spots double while at Earle doing 5 shows there (6 shows Saturday) and a nightly midnight show here. [Variety, 1Nov/39]
Early Nov/39 Ink Spots give surprise party for Moe Gale at the Rathskeller, Phil., PA Party to celebrate IS fifth anniversary with Gale. [The Afro-American, 11Nov/39]
3-9Nov/39 Paramount, Springfield, MA-songs: W/Henry Armetta, Milt Britton & Orch., Katherine Harris. Movie: Winner Take All. "…show played to near capacity audiences during its entire run." [Billboard, 18Nov/39 & Springfield Daily Republican, 4Nov/39]
-Jeepers Creepers No known version of this song by IS
-Address Unknown
-Just For A Thrill
-Your Feet's Too Big
10-16Nov/39 Shea's Buffalo, Buffalo, NY W/Ken Sisson & Orch. with Gertrude Lutzi, James Foster and the 4 Buffalonians. Movie: Elizabeth and Essex. Show grossed $13,400. [Billboard, 25Nov/39]
17-22Nov/39 Chicago, Chicago, IL W/Ted Weems & Orch, Perry Como, Elmo Tanner, Marvell Maxwell, Red Ingle, Ormand Downes, Paul Winchell. Movie: Rulers of the Sea. [Chicago Tribune, 17Nov/39]
24-30Nov/39 Stanley, Pittsburgh, PA-7 songs included: W/Shep Fields & His Orch., Wynn, Brach & Ames, Claire Nunn, Hal Derwin, Bob Dupont, Jerry Stewart. Movie: Nurse Edith Cavell. Article discusses fact that Fields requested IS not to sing "My Prayer" which was a featured Fields number in spite of fans yelling for the Spot's version. [The Pittsburgh Courier, 2 Dec/39] Nifty $24,000. [Variety, 29Nov/39]
-If I didn't Care
1-7Dec/39 Palace, Cleveland, OH-songs included: W/ Five Herzogs, Steve Evans, Deval, Merle & Dee, France Malloy, Bert Wheeler. Movie" Barricade - celluloid weakie chopping possibilities to good $14,500 at best.[Variety, 6Dec/39]
-Jeepers Creepers No known version of this song by IS
-If I Didn't Care
12?Dec/39-?Feb/40 Famous Door, NYC

w/Woody Herman. "…the famous Ink Spots opened an extended engagement at the Famous Door on West 52nd street last week, co-starring with Woody Herman and his ofay band." [The Pittsburgh Courier, 23 Dec/39] IS Paramount appearance from 17-30Jan/40 acknowledges IS appear "courtesy of Famous Door". [New York Times, 17Jan/40]

Although they are performing at two theatres [Apollo and Paramount], the Inkspots are also appearing nightly at the Famous Door.
This triple feat has enabled them to set a precedent in the entertainment world.
After the termination of the scheduled appearance of the quartet at the Famous Door, they were held over indefinitely.
[Philadelphia Independent, Sunday, 4Feb/40]

26Dec/39 WABC radio, 9:30PM 30 minutes, Tuesday, Bob Crosby Orch., Jimmy Mercer, Helen Ward, Ink Spots [NY Times, 26Dec/39]
31Dec/39 Radio-NBC, Curtain Calls of 1939-songs: 1:30 to 4:00PM with Glenn Miller, Carmen Miranda, Eleanor Roosevelt + many more. LC RWA 3239 B4
-Yes Suh!
-If I Didn’t Care
17Jan-6Feb/40 Paramount, NYC-songs: First 2 weeks IS are "extra added attraction" w/Bob Chester & His Orch., Roy Davis, Gracie MacDonald, Comedian Bert Wheeler assisted by Hank Ladd, Dolores O’Neill, Al Stewart. 

IS held over for 3rd week w/Enoch Light & Orch. featuring Peggy Mann, Bert Wheeler, Gracie MacDonald, Roy Davis. Movie: Remember the Night. [New York Times, 17 & 31Jan, 5Feb/40]

-Undecided** No known version of this song by IS
-My Prayer
-Your Feet’s Too Big
-Honeysuckle Rose** No known version of this song by IS
-If I Didn’t Care
2-8Feb/40 Apollo, NYC-songs: IS double at Apollo and Paramount [actually TRIPLE since they were also appearing nightly at the Famous Door having been held over given their successful appearance there] from 2-6Feb/40 travelling in an ambulance 4x a day between Times Square and 125th Street. [Variety, 7Feb/40]. W/Savoy Sultans Al Cooper’s Jump Band, Foster & Batie, Mae Diggs, Baby Hines, The Clarence Robinson Girls. Movie: Charlie Chan in "City of Darkness". [New York Amsterdam News, 3Feb/40]
-Undecided** No known version of this song by IS
-My Prayer
-Just for a Thrill
-If I Didn’t Care
9-15Feb/40 Howard, Washington, DC W/Teddy Hill and his Rhythmeers, Peg Leg Bates & a gigantic cast of 50. Movie: Private Detective.
13Feb/40 5th Regiment Armory, Baltimore, MD, Chick Webb Memorial Benefit show, Monday 12 Feb/40-songs: Afro-American article on Chick Webb Memorial, Monday, 12Feb/40, states IS were late due to performing their current show at the Howard. [17Feb/40] IS were anxiously awaited. Joe Louis, who was trying to catch the 1:57AM train back to New York was leaving as the IS arrived. He came back, announced he liked them and the way they did Address Unknown and stayed for all 3 songs. Thus IS performed on 13Feb. Other performers included Joe Louis, Ella Fitzgerald, Teddy Hill, Peg-Leg Bates, Mercer Ellington, the Nickolas Bros., Slim & Eddie, Willie Bryant, Bardou Ali, Jakie Mabley, Rodney Sturgis, Doris Rheubottom, the National Vocal Symphony, Hughie Wilford, Freddie Thompson, Pedro & Georgia, Bert & Bob, George Williams, others. 7500 to 9000 paid $1.15 each.
-Undecided** No known version of this song by IS
-If I Didn’t Care
-Address Unknown
Feb/40 Radio, Hobby Lobby program, NY Afro-American article states IS on show and say they were just 4 boys pushing brooms (!!??) but they took their idea and If I Didn’t Care to fame. [24Feb/40]
16?Feb-?Mar/40 Little Rathskeller, Phil., PA W/Una Cooper, Marian Joyce, Helen Chuckles, Vee Amex Gis, Pat Shevlin Orch., Madelyn Wallace, Millie Jestrah.[Variety, 14, 21 & 28/40]
4Mar/40 Vanity Fair Ballroom, Huntington, WV, Tickets and tables on sale at door. Entire balcony reserved for white spectators. See picture display in front of Gallaher Drug Store. First stop on one-nighter tour w/NBC Sunset Royal Orch. led by Ace Harris & featuring Little Genevieve and Froshine Stewart. Article indicates most of tour stops are being booked under a $750 guarantee against 60% of the gate. [The Afro-American, 2Mar/40 & Variety, 21Feb/40; Herald Dispatch, 3Mar/40]
5Mar/40 City Auditorium, Bluefield, WV,  W/their famous band featuring Bluefield boy "Bob" Benson at the piano. [Bluefield Daily Telegraph, 3Mar/40] Played 2 dances for 3,000 of both races. [The Afro-American, 2Mar/40]
6Mar/40 Palais Royal Ballroom, Norfolk, VA, 2 dances at 8:30 & 12:30, 1-4 A.M. - Admission 85 cents. W/their NBC Sunset Royal Orch. [The Journal & Guide, Norfolk, 2Mar/40] More than 12,000 attend in WV & VA per Pittsburgh Courier [16Mar/40]
7Mar/40 Armory, Charlotte, NC, Colored Dance, 9:30 to 1:30, Adm. $1, White Spectators, 65 cents W/their NBC Orch. [The Charlotte Observer, 7Mar/40]
8Mar/40 Armory, Durham, NC, white spectators W/their NBC Orch.[The Durham Sun, 4Mar/40]
9Mar/40 Auditorium, Charleston, SC [The Afro-American, 2Mar/40]
11Mar/40 Columbia Township Auditorium, Columbia, SC W/their NBC Orch. White spectators 75 cents. Colored Advance Tickets Sold Only at Green Leaf and Thomas Drug Store. [The State, Columbia, 10Mar/40]
12Mar/40 Auditorium, Macon, GA, concert & dance. W/Sunset Royals Orch. featuring Little Genevieve and Froshine Stewart. [The Macon Telegraph & News, 10Mar/40]
13Mar/40 Auditorium, Atlanta GA [The Afro-American, 2Mar/40]
14Mar/40 Winter Haven, Florence Villa area, FL [The Pittsburgh Courier, 9Mar/40]
15Mar/40 "DANCE, EVERYONE INVITED," Bethune-Cookman College, "9P.M. 'till ?," Spectators 75 cents, Dancers $1.15, Daytona Beach, FL [Daytona Beach Evening News, 14Mar/40]]
16Mar/40 Club Brownie, Ft. Lauderdale, FL W/their NBC Orch. For whites [The Pittsburgh Courier, 9Mar/40 & Miami Herald, 15Mar/40]
17Mar/40 Tampa, FL Birthplace of Little Genevieve. [The Pittsburgh Courier, 9Mar/40]
18Mar/40 Rockland Palace, Miami, FL [The Pittsburgh Courier, 9Mar/40]
19Mar/40 West Palm Beach Home of the Sunset Royals Band. [The Pittsburgh Courier, 9Mar/40]
20Mar/40 New York Club, Jacksonville, FL [The Pittsburgh Courier, 9Mar/40]
21Mar/40 Manhatten Casino, St. Petersburg, FL-songs: W/their NBC Orch. directed by Little Genevieve. Capacity house. Clad in red formal coats and white trousers. [The Saint Peterburgh Times, 10,17&24Mar/40]
-If I Didn't Care
-Knock Kneed Sal
-I'm Through
-Bless You
-Address Unknown
24Mar/40 Rhythm Club, New Orleans, LA W/NBC 14-piece Orch. [The Louisiana Weekly, 23Mar/40]. Trouble arises when another group performs in New Orleans one week before IS first New Orleans appearance and advertises themselves as the original group that made songs like If I Didn’t Care famous! Moe Gale brings suit against group and Joy’s Strand Theatre. [The Pittsburgh Courier, 30Mar/40]
Late Mar/40 Odd Fellows Temple Building, Baton Rouge, LA IS were also scheduled to do an unpaid radio broadcast over WLBO but refused when they were not permitted the use of a washroom at the radio station. [The Pittsburgh Courier, 6Apr/40]
3?Apr/40 Little Rock, AK [IS arrive from Little Rock for Kansas City performance on Thursday, 4 April per The Pittsburgh Courier, 13Apr/40]
4Apr/40 Municipal Auditorium, Kansas City, MO-songs included: [Kansas City Star, Wed., 3Apr/40-adv’t] In first KC appearance, IS set record for biggest dance ever sponsored in KC – 5,000 attend. [The Pittsburgh Courier, 13Apr/40]
-Your Feet’s Too Big
-If I Didn’t Care
5Apr/40 Municipal Auditorium, St. Louis, MO W/their NBC Orch. of 14 pieces. [St. Louis Argus, 29Mar/40]
8Apr/40 Church Park Auditorium, Memphis, TN(?), Concert 9 til 10, Reserverved seat for white patrons, Dance 10 to ? Sponsored by the Chauffeur's Service Club. Advance tickets 85c. At Door $1.10.

W/their NBC Orch. of 14 pieces. [Poster for 10Apr/40 performance.]

 

13Apr/40 Tomlinson Hall, Indianapolis, IN [The Pittsburgh Courier, 6Apr/40]
15Apr/40 Cincinnati, OH [The Pittsburgh Courier, 6Apr/40]
16Apr/40 New Brighton, PA [The Pittsburgh Courier, 6Apr/40]
17Apr/40 New Kensington, PA [The Pittsburgh Courier, 6Apr/40]
19Apr/40 Granada, South Bend, IN-songs: W/NBC Recording Orch. and Fast, Funny, Furious Harlem Revue. Movie: Son of the Navy. [South Bend Tribune, 18Apr/40]
-Take Me In Your Arms No known version of this song by IS
-My Prayer
-I’m Through
-Tip-Pi-Tin No known version of this song by IS
-Your Feet’s Too Big
20Apr/40 Miramar Ballroom, Dance, Gary, IN, presented to the public by Club Dunbar-songs: W/Sunset Royal Orch. featuring Little Genevieve and Froshine Stewart. "All dancing was discontinued when the Ink Spots put in their appearance on the stage." [The Gary American, 26Apr/40]
-If I Didn’t Care
-I’m Through
-Give Her My Love
-Honeysuckle Rose No known version of this song by IS
-Its Funny To Everyone But Me
-Old Man Mose
21Apr/40 Savoy Ballroom, Chicago W/NBC Band. 60 cents before 8:30PM [Chicago Defender, 13Apr/40]
22Apr/40 Flint, MI [The Pittsburgh Courier, 6Apr/40]
23Apr/40 Columbus, OH [The Pittsburgh Courier, 6Apr/40]
24Apr/40 East Market Gardens, Akron, OH The Joy Boy presents – 95 cents advance and $1.10 at door. [The Cleveland Call and Post, 11Apr/40]
25Apr/40 Toledo, OH [The Pittsburgh Courier, 6Apr/40]
26Apr/40 Memorial Hall, Dayton, OH, Dance and Concert, presented by the Paramount Amusement Club, Hours 9 to 2 W/the Sunset Royal Orch. with Little Genevieve and Froshine. [The Dayton Forum, 12Apr/40; Dayton Daily News, 26Apr/40]
28Apr/40 Detroit, MI, Sunday [The Pittsburgh Courier, 6Apr/40]
3May/40 Armoury, Norwich University, Northfield, VT, Informal Dancing Party until 2:00 A. M. Part of Junior Week activities. Songs included: The Ink Spots with their NBC Orch. conducted by Froshine. [Norwich Guidon, Vol. 26, May 1/40 & Vol. 27, May8/40]
  My Prayer Sung twice by demand
  If I didn't Care
 

Undecided

 

 

Pork Chops 'N Gravy

 

  Ti Pi Tin
  Take Me In Your Arms
  I Surrender Dear
?May/40 Memorial Auditorium, Chattanooga, TN 6,000 persons of both races jammed an auditorium to hear them. [Philadelphia Independent, 12 May/40]
?May/40 Abingdon, V  
7May/40 Roseland State Ballroom, Boston, MA
12May/40 Savoy Ballroom, NYC IS end current tour at Savoy on Mother’s Day per article in The Pittsburgh Courier and Sunset Royal Orch. continues at Savoy. [18May/40]
13May/40 Recording date-song:

-When the Swallows Come Back to Capistrano

Per Whitburn this song reached 4th place on the pop music charts and was listed for 14 weeks.

?May or Jun/40 Abingdon, VA 1 week added to tour before holiday [Philadelphia Independent, 2June/40]
?May or Jun/40 Bluefield, WV 1 week added to tour before holiday [Philadelphia Independent, 2June/40]
?May or Jun/40 Beckley, WV 1 week added to tour before holiday [Philadelphia Independent, 2June/40]
?May or Jun/40 Huntington, WV 1 week added to tour before holiday [Philadelphia Independent, 2June/40]
?May or Jun/40 Charleston, Wv 1 week added to tour before holiday [Philadelphia Independent, 2June/40]
?May or Jun/40 Roanoke, VA 1 week added to tour before holiday [Philadelphia Independent, 2June/40]
14-27May/40 IS begin 2 week holiday following tour (??-see next item including date) [The Pittsburgh Courier, 18May/40]
3Jun/40week Little Rathskeller, Phil., PA W/3 Paganos, Jerry & Turk, Renee Villon, Joan Woods, Steve Murray, Victor Hugo Orch. [Variety, 5Jun/40] Four weeks and will broadcast every night over NBC and Mutual!? [The Afro-American, 1Jun/40]
Jun/40 Ace Harris replaces Bob Benson as pianist [Afro-American, 8Jun/40]
10&17Jun/40 weeks Little Rathskeller, Phil., PA W/3 Paganos, Jerry & Turk, Renee Villon, Ann Howard, Midge Fellows, Victor Hugo Orch. [Variety, 12&17Jun/40]
11Jun/40 Recording date-songs:

-Whispering Grass (Don’t Tell the Trees)

Per Whitburn this song reached 10th place on the pop music charts and was listed for 10 weeks.

-Maybe

Per Whitburn this song reached 2nd place on the pop music charts and was listed for 17 weeks.

16Jun/40 Savoy Ballroom Hoppy is named "typical Harlem father" on Father’s Day. Gold diaper pin presented at Savoy Ballroom celebration. [The Afro-American, 15Jun/40]
18Jun/40 Recording date-song:
-You’re Breaking My Heart All Over Again Rejected
19Jun/40 Radio, WJZ, 10:15PM 15 minutes, Wednesday [NY Times, 19Jun/40]
24Jun/40 Recording date-songs:

-Stop Pretending

Per Whitburn this song reached 16th place on the pop music charts and was listed for 2 weeks.

-I’m Only Human

-You’re Breaking My Heart All Over Again

Per Whitburn this song reached 17th place on the pop music charts and was listed for 1 week.

24Jun/40 

week

Little Rathskeller, Phil., PA W/3 Paganos, Jerry & Turk, Roberta Roberts, Ann Howard, Grace Brian, Victor Hugo Orch. [Variety, 26Jun/40]
26Jun/40 Radio, WJZ, 10:15PM 15 minutes, Wednesday [NY Times, 26Jun/40]
1Jul/40week Little Rathskeller, Phil., PA W/3 Paganos, Jerry & Turk, Francis Leslie, Ann Howard, Grace Brian, Victor Hugo Orch. [Variety, 3Jul/40]
3Jul/40 Radio, WJZ, 10:15PM 15 minutes, Wednesday [NY Times, 3Jul/40]
8Jul/40week Little Rathskeller, Phil., PA W/3 Paganos, Bert St. Clair, O'Connor Bros., Barbara Long, Ann Howard, Grace Brian, Victor Hugo Orch. [Variety, 10Jul/40]
9Jul/40 Radio, WJZ, 10:15PM 15 minutes, Tuesday [NY Times, 9Jul/40]
15Jul/40 week Little Rathskeller, Phil., PA W/Ruth Clayton, Bert St. Clair, O'Connor Bros., Barbara Long, Ann Howard, Grace Brian, Victor Hugo Orch. [Variety, 17Jul/40]
16Jul/40 Recording date, NYC-songs:

-We Three (My Echo, My Shadow and Me)

Per Whitburn this song was in 1st place on the pop music charts for 3 weeks and was listed for 15 weeks.

-So Sorry Rejected
-Puttin’ and Takin"

-Java Jive

Per Whitburn this song reached 15th place on the pop music charts and was listed for 3 weeks.

17Jul/40 NBC, WJZ, Blue Network, Phil, PA, songs included: Members of the Sound Your A musical quiz show ... at which the world's leading conductors and vocalists entertain Philadelphia, were rehearsing at a local radio station studio. Edwin Schloss, music critic, Sylvan Levin, Bell Conductor, Robert Weede, Metropolitan baritone and Conductor George Sebastian, among others were present.
In the next studio, separated by a control room ... the station was feeding the NBC Blue Network with the Inkspots.
The rehersal for the very high-brow "Sound Your A" had been suspended while the musical highbrows crowded around the windo to watch the home cookin' boys slap out their version of "Basin Street Blues."
[Philedelphia Independent, 21Jul/40]
-Basin Street Blues  
Jul/40 Moe Gale, manager and booker, takes out $100,000 insurance on IS - $25,000 on each member. [The Pittsburgh Courier, 20Jul/40]
22Jul/40 week Little Rathskeller, Phil., PA W/Ruth Clayton, 4 Musical Notes, Bert St. Clair, O'Connor Bros., Barbara Long, Ann Howard, Lewis Sisters, Victor Hugo Orch. [Variety, 24Jul/40]
23Jul/40 WJZ, 10:15PM 15 minutes, Tuesday [NY Times, 23Jul/40]
24Jul/40 WJZ, 10:15PM 15 minutes, Wednesday [NY Times, 24Jul/40]
28Jul& 5Aug/40 weeks Little Rathskeller, Phil., PA W/Ruth Clayton, Fay & Wellinton, Ann Howard, Ralph Lewis, Victor Hugo Orch. [Variety, 30Jul&7Aug/40]
2Aug/40 WJZ, 10:30PM 15 minutes, Friday [NY Times, 2Aug/40]
6Aug/40 WJZ, 10:15PM 15 minutes, Tuesday [NY Times, 6Aug/40]
7Aug/40 WJZ, 10:15PM 15 minutes, Wednesday [NY Times, 7Aug/40]
8Aug/40 Recording date-songs:
-I’ll Never Smile Again (Until I Smile At You)
-I Could Make You Care Rejected

-Do I Worry?

Per Whitburn this song reached 8th place on the pop music charts and was listed for 6 weeks.

9Aug/40 WJZ, 10:30PM 15 minutes, Friday [NY Times, 9Aug/40]
12Aug/40 week Little Rathskeller, Phil., PA W/Irene Kaye, Stone & Barion, Dot King, Ralph Lewis, Victor Hugo Orch. [Variety, 14Aug/40]
19-?Aug/40  Little Rathskeller, Phil., PA W/Sally Kieth, Billy & B Brunell, Dot King, Ralph Lewis, Victor Hugo Orch. [Variety, 21Aug/40]
20Aug/40 WJZ, 10:15PM 15 minutes, Tuesday [NY Times, 20Aug/40]
20Aug/40 Recording date-songs:
-I Could Make You Care

-My Greatest Mistake

Per Whitburn this song reached 12th place on the pop music charts and was listed for 2 weeks.

-Don’t Ever Break A Promise
-Ring, Telephone, Ring Rejected
21Aug/40 Recording date-song:
-In the Doorway (Where We Used To Kiss Goodnight)** Rejected and never re-issued. No known version of this song by IS.
21Aug/40 Steps of the Treasury Building, Wall Street, Annual Hearst Sale of Tickets for City Milk Fund 50,000 brokers and workers attend performance
21Aug/40 WJZ, 10:15PM 15 minutes, Wednesday [NY Times, 21Aug/40]
23Aug-15Oct/40 Blackhawk Restaurant, Chicago W/Dick Shelton & His Musical Mariners with Gloria Gilbert, Don & Beverly. Playing in the evening and for Sunday tea dancing - $1.50 dinner. [Chicago Tribune, 13Sep/40]Reported to be, "… first time Negro talent has been used in this nationally famous place." [New York Amsterdam News, 24Aug/40]
27Aug/40 WJZ, 10:15PM 15 minutes, Tuesday [NY Times, 27Aug/40]
28Aug/40 WJZ, 10:15PM 15 minutes, Wednesday [NY Times, 28Aug/40]
30Aug/40 WJZ, 10:30PM 15 minutes, Friday [NY Times, 9Aug/40]
4Sep/40 WJZ, 10:15PM 15 minutes, Wednesday [NY Times, 4Sep/40]
13Sep/40 WJZ, 10:30PM 15 minutes, Friday [NY Times, 13Sep/40]
Sep/40 IS forced to cancel regular NBC radio broadcasts due to classification as musicians by Chicago union (classified as vocalists in NY). Cost of joining union and hiring standbys would exceed what radio pays IS. [The Afro-American, 14Sep/40]
Sep/40 IS double booked when Blackhawk takes up option conflicting with other bookings at Chicago and 3 Paramount houses in Michigan & NY. When IS forced to stay at Blackhawk in spite of offer by Gale of $700 and a future 4 weeks, other theaters threaten suits. [The Afro-American, 28Sep/40}
6Oct/40 Savoy, Chicago Doubled with Blackhawk [Billboard, Supplement, 28Sep/40]
18-24Oct/40 Buffalo, Buffalo, NY-songs: W/Glen Gray & the Casa Loma Band featuring Pee Wee Hunt, Kenny Sargent, Billy Rauch, Clarence Hutchenrider and Murray McEachern. Also, Lorraine & Rognan, Betty Bruce. Movie: Dulcy. [Billboard, 26Oct/40, Variety 23Oct/40]
-Java Jive
-We Three
-Who* No known version of this song by IS
-If I Didn't Care
26Oct/40 Youngstown, OH Beginning of tour w/NBC Sunset Royal Band. [Chicago Defender, 19Oct/40]
28Oct/40 Township Auditorium, Columbia, SC [The State, Columbia, 27Oct/40]
29Oct/40 Charleston, SC [Chicago Defender, 19Oct/40]
30Oct/40 City Auditorium, Atlanta, GA, 9:00PM-1:00AM "A special section has been reserved for white spectators" [Atlanta Constitution, 30Oct/40, p. 8]. Prizes were awarded to best costumed couple attending pre-Hallowe’en dance.
31Oct/40 Birmingham, AL "White spectators seats only" [Birmingham News, 31Oct/40]
1Nov/40 Church Park Auditorium, Memphis, TN [Chicago Defender, 19Oct/40]
8-14Nov/40 Regal, Chicago w/Stump & Stumpy, Whitey & Ed Ford, Rubie Blakey, Tony Flamboro & His Regal Rhythm Boys. Movie: Rangers of Fortune. [Chicago Tribune, 8Nov/40; Chicago Defender, 9Nov/40]
?Nov/40 Lexington, KY Indianapolis Recorder reports capacity crowds [16nov/40]
?Nov/40 Nashville, KY Indianapolis Recorder reports capacity crowds [16nov/40]
15-21Nov/40 Orpheum, Omaha, NE-songs: W/Harry James Band with Dick Haymes and Vido Musso; Dick, Don & Dinah; Rita & Ed Oehman. Movie: Moon Over Burma. [Variety, 13Nov/40, Morning World Herald, Omaha, 16Nov/40 and Billboard, 23Nov/40]
-Java Jive
-We Three
-Maybe
-If I Didn't Care
22-28Nov/40 Orpheum, Minn., MN W/Harry James Orch., Dick Haymes, Rita & Ed Oehman, Dick, Don & Dinah, Gloria Jean. Movie: Little Bit of Heaven. [Variety, 20Nov/40 & Minn. Star-Journal, 22Nov/40]
-Jim, Jam, Jump* No known version of this song by IS
-Java Jive
-We Three
-Who* No known version of this song by IS
-Maybe
-If I Didn't Care
1Dec/40 Tour Cumberland, MA area Bus catches fire outside Cumberland. [Downbeat, 1Dec/40]
4-10Dec/40 Paramount, NYC-songs: W/ Red Skelton, Rosemary Lane, Ray Herbeck & Orch., Darlene Walters. Movie: North West Mounted Police. Ink Spots listed as "Extra". [NY Times, 4Dec/40 & Variety, 11Dec/40]
-Java Jive
-We Three
-Maybe
-Who* No known version of this song by IS
-If I Didn't Care
11-17 Dec/40 Paramount, NYC-songs: W/Henny Youngman, Rosemary Lane, Ray Herbeck & Orch., Darlene Walters, Betty Benson. Movie: Moon Over Burma. [NY Times, 11Dec/40] IS held over for a second week, all new songs. [NY Times, 11Dec/40; The Pittsburgh Courier, 21Dec/40]
-Java Jive
-We Three
-Maybe
Dec/40 An article in Variety indicates planned band bookings for the Ink Spots and their orchestra for Feb-Mar/41 before the commitment to make "The Great American Broadcast" arose.  Places scheduled are: Feb 18th-Harrison Aud., Greensboro, NC; Feb 21st-City Aud., Savannah, GA; Feb 24th-Jacksonville, FL; Feb 25th-Bethune College, Daytona Beach, FL; Feb 26th-West Palm Beach, FL; Feb 27th-Harlem Square Club, Miami, FL; Feb 28th-St. Petersburg, FL; Mar 1st-Roosevelt Hotel, Jacksonville, FL; Mar 4th-Aud., Macon, GA; Mar 5th-Atlanta, GA; Mar 6th-Aud., Columbia, SC; Mar 21st-Dreamland, Little Rock, AK; Mar 23rd-Dallas, TX; Mar 26th-Aud., Galveston, TX; Mar 27th-Aud., Houston, TX [18Dec/40] 
13Dec/40 Apollo, NYC, Ams. News Midnight Benefit Show Others include Duke Ellington & Band, Count Basie & Band, Erskine Hawkins & Band, Ella Fitzgerald, John Kirby, Eddie South, Teddy Wilson, Henry Red Allen, Zutty Singleton, Jack Benny & Rochester, Golden Gate Quartet, the Calypso Singers, the Berry Bros., Meade Lux Lewis, Al Ammons, Sister Tharpe, Maxine Sullivan, Ivy Anderson, Hazel Scott, Ida Cox, Art Tatum, Billie Holiday, Jimmy Daniels, Garland Wilson, Babe Matthews, Mitzi Mayfair, more. [New York Amsterdam News, 7Dec/40]
17Dec/40 Paramount lobby, movie premiere: Love Thy Neighbor-live song by IS: Radio, Mutual Network, sustaining.
Maybe
23Dec/40 Recording date-songs:

-So Sorry

Per Whitburn this song reached 24th place on the pop music charts and was listed for 1 week.

-Ring, Telephone, Ring
-You’re Looking For Romance (and I’m Looking For Love)
-I Can’t Stand Losing You Per Whitburn this song was in 1st place for 7 weeks in the Rhythm and Blues charts and was listed there for 16 weeks.
-That’s When Your Heartaches Begin

-I’m Still Without A Sweetheart (‘Cause I’m Still In Love With You)

Per Whitburn this song reached 19th place on the pop music charts and was listed for 2 weeks.

-Why Didn’t You Tell Me
-I Wish I Could Say the Same
-I’d Climb the Highest Mountain Rejected
-What Good Would It Do? Rejected
30Dec/40 Recording date-songs:
-I’d Climb the Highest Mountain
-What Good Would It Do?
31Dec/40-7Jan/41 Michigan, Detroit, MI., New Year’s show + week-songs: W/Rosmary Lane; Dean Murphy; Lynn, Royce & Vanya; Paul Remis & His Toy Boys; Allen & Kent, Phil Brestoff & Michigan Band. Movie: Second Chorus [Detroit Free Press, 30Dec/40 & Variety, 8Jan/41]
-Java Jive
-We Three
-Who* No known version of this song by IS
-Maybe
-If I Didn't Care
31Dec/40 Palm-State, Detroit, double show for New Years with Michigan Theatre Same midnight show as Michigan [Detroit Free Press, 30Dec/40]

LC = Library of Congress, Washington, DC
Revised - 26APR/13