ORIGINAL INK SPOTS ACTIVITIES BY DATE: Jan/44 - Dec/47

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1-5Jan/44  Adams, Newark, NJ  Cont'd from 30Dec/43 
6Jan/44  Recording date, NYC: 
-Someday Iíll Meet You Again  Per Whitburn this song reached 14th place on the pop music charts and was listed for 1 week. 
7-9Jan/44  Temple, Rochester, NY-songs:  W/Ella Fitzgerald, Cootie Williams & His Orch., Moke & Poke, Eddie Vinson. Movie: In Secret Service. [Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, 7&8/44] 
-Put Your Arms Around Me Honey 
-My Heart Tells Me**  No known version of this song by IS 
-A Lovely Way To Spend An Evening 
-Shoo, Shoo, Baby 
-If I didn't Care 
9Jan/44  Radio-WJZ, 8:15PM  15 minutes, Sunday [NY Times, 9Jan/44] 
11-13 Jan/44  Palace, Columbus, OH-songs:  W/Ella Fitzgerald, Cootie Williams & His Orch., Moke & Poke, Eddie Vinson, Ralph Brown, Movie: Swingtime Johnny. [Columbus Dispatch, 10Jan/44] New box-office record set here. [Pittsburgh Courier, 5Feb/44] 
-Put Your Arms Around Me, Honey 
-A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening 
-Shoo, Shoo, Baby 
-My Heart Tells Me**  No known version of this song by IS 
-If I Didnít Care 
14-20 Jan/44  Albee, Cincinnati, OH-songs:  W/Ella Fitzgerald, Cootie Williams & His Orch., Moke & Poke, Eddie Vinson, Ralph Brown, Movie: Footlight Glamour. [Cincinnati Post, 13 & 15Jan/44] "-this was the first colored show to ever play the house-" [Pittsburgh Courier, 5Feb/44] 
-Put Your Arms Around Me, Honey 
-A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening 
-Shoo, Shoo, Baby 
-My Heart Tells Me**  No known version of this song by IS 
-If I Didnít Care 
16Jan/44  Radio-WJZ, 8:15PM  15 minutes, Sunday [NY Times, 16Jan/44] 
21-27 Jan/44  Paradise, Detroit, MI  W/Cootie Williams & Orch., Eddie Vinson, Moke & Poke, Walter Brown. Movie: Riders of Deadline. [Detroit Free Press, 20Jan/44] 
23Jan/44  Radio-WJZ, 8:15PM  15 minutes, Sunday [NY Times, 23Jan/44] 
28Jan-3Feb/44  Palace, Cleveland, OH-songs included:  W/Ella Fitzgerald, Cootie Williams & His Orch., Moke & Poke, Eddie Vinson, Ralph Brown, Movie: Sherlock Holmes Faces Death. [Cleveland Plain Dealer, 28 & 29Jan/44] 
-My Heart Tells Me**  No known version of this song by IS 
30Jan/44  Radio-WJZ, 8:15PM  15 minutes, Sunday [NY Times, 6Feb/44] 
4-10Feb/44  Regal, Chicago, IL  W/Ella Fitzgerald, Cootie Williams & Orch., Moke & Poke. Movie: Hi Diddle Diddle. [Chicago Tribune, 4Feb/44] Set all-time attendance record of 50,500. [Billboard, 23Mar/46] 
6Feb/44  Radio-WJZ, 8:15PM  15 minutes, Sunday [NY Times, 16Jan/44] 
11-17 Feb/44  Orpheum, Omaha, NE  W/ W/Ella Fitzgerald, Cootie Williams & Orch., Moke & Poke, Ralph Brown. Movie: Never A Dull Moment. Bad weather but likely $18,000. [Omaha World Herald, 11&12Feb/44; Variety, 9&16Feb/44] 
18-24 Feb/44  Orpheum, Minneapolis, MN-songs:  W/Ella Fitzgerald, Cootie Williams & His Orch., Moke & Poke, Eddie Vinson, Ralph Brown, Movie: Around the World. [Minneapolis Morning Tribune, 18Feb/44] Grossed $25,500. [Billboard, 18Mar/44] Even 11 below weather can't keep 'em away from Orpheum - sock session. [Variety, 23Feb/44] 
-Shoo-Shoo Baby 
-A Lovely Way to Spend An Evening 
-Donít Sweetheart Me 
-My Heart Tells Me  No known version of this song by IS 
-If I Didnít Care 
19Feb/44  NBC-WJZ radio, 6:30 P.M.  15 minutes, Saturday [NY Times, 19Feb/44] 
26Feb/44  NBC-WJZ radio, 6:30 P.M.  15 minutes, Saturday [NY Times, 26Feb/44] 
29Feb/44 Orpheum, Madison, WI, 40 cents to 2:00, then 55 cents including tax. W/Cootie Williams & Orch. featuring Eddie Vinson & Ralph Brown, Ella Fitzgerald, Moke & Poke. Movie: The Ghost That Walks Alone. [Capital Times (Madison), 28Feb/44]
1Mar/44  Rialto, Joliet, IL, last complete show at 9:11P.M.  W/Cootie Williams & Orch., Ella Fitzgerald. Movie: Beautiful But Broke. [Herald News, Joliet, 1Mar/44; The Spectator, Joliet, 24Feb/44] 
2Mar/44  Palace, South Bend, IL, 4 stage shows daily-songs:  W/Cootie Williams & Orch. featuring Eddie Vinson & Ralph Brown, Ella Fitzgerald, Moke & Poke. Movie: Moonlight in Vermont. [South Bend Tribune, 27&29Feb, 1Mar/44] 
-A Lovely Way to Spend An Evening 
-Shoo, Shoo, Baby 
-Don't Sweetheart Me 
-My Heart Tells Me 
-If I Didn't Care 
Mar/44?  Recording date-song: 
-Weíll Meet Again  Rejected - tape copy exists 
3-9?Mar /44  Riveride, Milwaukee, WI  W/Ella Fitzgerald, Cootie Williams & Orch., Moke & Poke, Ralph Brown, Eddie Vinson. Movie: Frisco Kid. [Milwaukee Sentinel, 3Mar/44; Billboard, 11Mar/44] 
4Mar/44  Ink Spots featured on Billboard cover and short cover article (with some of the old, untrue, origin stories). 
4Mar/44  WEMP, Milwaukee, NBC, Blue Network, 6:30 P.M., 15 min.-songs  In Library of Congress - LC#: RWA 6432 a3. Saturday - WJZ [NY Times, 4Mar/44] 
-If I didnít Care - opening and closing theme 
-Java Jive 
-The Music Stopped (But We Were Still Dancing) 
-Cow Cow Boogie  W/Ella Fitzgerald 
-A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening 
10-16 Mar/44  National, Louisville, KY-songs  W/Marjorie Lane, Alwite & Blue, Billy Reyes, Pat Henning & Company. Movie: What A Man. "Second balcony open for colored patrons." [Louisville Courier-Journal, 10Mar/44] Wow $18,000. [Variety, 15Mar/44] 
-Shoo Shoo Baby 
-A Lovely Way To Spend An Evening 
-Don't Sweetheart Me 
-My Heart Tells Me*  No known version of this song by IS 
If I Didn't Care 
11Mar/44  NBC-WJZ radio, 6:30 P.M.  15 minutes, Saturday [NY Times, 11Mar/44] 
17-19 Mar/44  Orpheum, Davenport, IA  W/Ella Fitzgerald, Cootie Williams & His Orch., Moke & Poke, Eddie Vinson, Ralph Brown, Movie: Sailorís Holiday. [Davenport Democrat & Leader, 15Mar/44] 
18Mar/44  WOC, Davenport, NBC radio, Blue Network, 6:30 P.M., 15 minutes, songs:  In Library of Congress - LC#: RWA 8652 A3. Saturday - WJZ [NY Times, 18Mar/44] 
-If I didnít Care - opening and closing theme 
-Donít Sit Under the Apple Tree 
-Donít Believe Everything You Dream 
-Your Feetís Too Big 
-Iíll Get by 
24-26 Mar/44  Orpheum, Des Moines, IA-songs:  W/Ella Fitzgerald, Cootie Williams & His Orch., Moke & Poke, Eddie Vinson, Ralph Brown, Movie: Nine Girls. [Des Moines Register, 23Mar/44] 
-Shoo, Shoo, Baby 
-A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening 
-Donít Sweetheart Me 
-My Heart Tells Me**  No known version of this song by IS 
-If I Didnít Care 
25Mar/44  NBC-WJZ radio, 6:30 P.M.  15 minutes, Saturday [NY Times, 25Mar/44] 
Spring/44 Kansas City, MO Scheduled appearance prior to heading for 'Frisco and L.A. [Dallas Express, 1Apr/44]
3Apr/44 Kiel Auditorium, St. Louis, MO, Advance-$1, at door-$1.25. W/Ella Fitzgerald, Cootie Williams & His Orch., Geo. Hudson's Band. [St. Louis Argus, 31Mar/44]
Spring/44 Topeka, KS Scheduled appearance prior to heading for 'Frisco and L.A. [Dallas Express, 1Apr/44]
Spring/44 Wichita, KS Scheduled appearance prior to heading for 'Frisco and L.A. [Dallas Express, 1Apr/44]
Spring/44 Oklahoma City, OK Scheduled appearance prior to heading for 'Frisco and L.A. [Dallas Express, 1Apr/44]
Spring/44   Scheduled appearance prior to heading for 'Frisco and L.A. [Dallas Express, 1Apr/44]
1Apr/44  Radio, NBC-WJZ, 6:30PM. Rebroadcast on AFRS #345, 15 min.-songs:  15 minutes, Saturday [NY Times, 1Apr/44] 
-Theme - If I didnít Care, open and close 
-Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me 
-Someday Iíll Meet You Again 
-Old Man Moses 
-Donít Sweetheart Me 
-Donít Believe Everything You Dream 
8Apr/44  NBC-WJZ radio, 6:30 P.M.  15 minutes, Saturday [NY Times, 8Apr/44] 
12-18 Apr/44  Golden Gate, San Francisco, CA-songs included:  W/Ella Fitzgerald, Cootie Williams & His Orch. (orch. Missed 12th show due to late train), Moke & Poke, Eddie Vinson, Ralph Brown, Movie: The Falcon Out West. [San Francisco Chronicle, 11Apr/44] Broke all-time house record with $43,000. Six shows a day on weekend [Billboard, 29Apr/44] 
-If I didnít Care 
15Apr/44  NBC-WJZ radio, 6:30 P.M. Rebroadcast on AFRS #352, 15 minutes-songs:  Saturday [NY Times, 15Apr/44] 
-Theme - If I Didnít Care, open and close 
-Put Your Arms Around Me, Honey 
-Time Waits For No One 
-How Many Hearts Have You Broken? 
-Donít Believe Everything You Dream 
-Donít Sweetheart Me 
29Apr/44  NBC-WJZ radio, 6:30 P.M.  15 minutes, Saturday [NY Times, 29Apr/44] 
Apr29/44?  Radio, AFRS #314, 15 min.,-songs  We believe this is a rebroadcast of the 29April/44 NBC show listed above. 
-Introduction - If I Didnít Care theme 
-Shoo, Shoo, Baby 
-A Lovely Way To Spend An Evening 
-unknown piano 
-Donít Believe Everything You Dream 
-Donít Sweetheart Me 
-piano theme close 
25Apr-1May/44  Orpheum, Los Angeles, CA. While fans loved them, critics voiced other opinions. Land, in Metronome, Jun/44 states, "Then the spots before my eyes. It's the same old act for the Spots, and its quality is the nadir of everything. Billy Kenny's phony falsetto and grotesque use of hands, the Jim Crow "roll yo eyes, bo" of two of the Spots, and the smug, overconfident sureness of all four totaled up to a nauseating sum. Yes, the crowd enjoyed their songs. But the crowd enjoyed Williams' band and Miss Fitzgerald's songs, too. The Spots, all four, had better work fast and grab all the moo they can. It's a natural fact that they can't go on fooling the public forever!-songs:  W/Ella Fitzgerald, Cootie Williams & His Orch., Moke & Poke, Eddie Vinson, Ralph Brown. Movie: My Darling Clementine. [Los Angeles Times, 29Apr/44] One reviewer charged the IS used an Uncle Tom routine which Negroes regarded as degrading and this charge followed Deek Watson for the remainder of his career. [Goldberg] Broke every Orpheum record with $43,007. Nine extra shows added during week when 2,000 people in line after final scheduled show on Tuesday and 6th show had to be added. [Billboard, 13May/44] Terrific $42,000 or over. [Variety, 3May/44] 
-Shoo-Shoo Baby 
-A Lovely Way To Spend An Evening 
-Don't Sweetheart Me 
-My Heart Tells Me*  No known version of this song by IS 
-If I Didn't Care 
1May/44  Recording date, Hollywood, AFRS #78-songs:  W/Leon Russell & His Orch. introduced by Ernie "Bubbles" Whitman 
-If I Didnít Care 
-Java Jive 
-A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening  Hoppy chorus 
3May/44 Riverside Ballroom, Tucson, AZ, dance, 26 Top Flight Stars. W/Ella Fitzgerald, Cootie Williams & His Orch., Moke & Poke, Eddie Vinson, Ralph Brown. [Arizona Daily Star, 2May/44]
4-5May/44 Riverside Ballroom, Riverside Park, Phoenix, AZ, Thursday Reserved For Colored Patrons Only, Admission $2.00. W/Ella Fitzgerald, Cootie Williams & His Orch., Moke & Poke, Eddie Vinson, Ralph Brown. [Arizona Republic, 2May/44]
8May/44  Downtown Municipal Auditorium, San Antonio, TX, Dance. A Fisher-Tease Attraction.  W/Ella Fitzgerald, Cootie Williams & His Orch., Moke & Poke, Eddie Vinson, Ralph Brown. [San Antonio Register, 5May/44] 
Ink Spots pick winner of the Brooks Field beauty contest.  Photo showing the Ink Spots examining pictures of some of the entrants. [San Antonio Register, 19May/44] 
9May/44 Coliseum, Houston, TX, Pre-sale admission - $1.40.  W/Ella Fitzgerald, Cootie Williams & His Orch., Moke & Poke, Eddie Vinson, Ralph Brown. [Houston Informer, 6May/44]
14May/44 Claudia's, Dallas, TX, Show and Dance W/Ella Fitzgerald, Cootie Williams & His Orch., Moke & Poke, Eddie Vinson, Ralph Brown. [Dallas Morning News, 7May/44]
 17May/44

Hanger 9, Barksdale Field, LA, 2 hour show, 5000 G.I.'s in attendance, songs included:

W/Ella Fitzgerald, Cootie Williams & His Orch., Moke & Poke, Eddie Vinson, Ralph Brown. Ink Spots cancelled two lucrative engagements in Little Rock, AK and Knoxville, TN to appear in a show that was postponed from the day before when they were scheduled to appear at Hanger 9 and at the Auditorium in Shreveport. They sacrificed from 4,000 to 7,000 dollars in order to make good this appearance. This was their second Hanger 9 appearance in 2 years. [Barksdale Bark, Barksdale Field, 20May/44]
-If I Didn't Care
28May/44  Coliseum, New Orleans, LA-songs:  W/Ella Fitzgerald, Cootie Williams & His Orch., Moke & Poke, Eddie Vinson, Ralph Brown. [Louisiana Weekly, 27May & 3Jun/44] 
-Don't Believe Everything You Dream 
-Don't Get Around Much Anymore 
-If I Didn't Care 
30May/44  Memorial Auditorium, Chattanooga, TN, admission $2, dance and concert for colored, white spectators 90 cents.  W/Ella Fitzgerald, Cootie Williams & His Orch 
8Jun/44 Armory, Durham, NC, Lath Alston presents, 9PM 'til 1AM, admission $1.75 (incl. tax), reservations for White Spectators. W/Ella Fitzgerald, Cootie Williams & His Orch., Moke & Poke, Eddie Vinson, Ralph Brown. [Durham Sun, Thursday, 8Jun/44]
Jun/44  Dedication of new amphitheatre, Tuskegee Army Air Field, AL (prior to 16th W/Ella Fitzgerald, Cootie Williams & His Orch., Moke & Poke, Eddie Vinson, Ralph Brown. [Pittsburgh Courier, 17Jun/44 
Jun/44  Recording date, V-Disc, #205-A-song: 
-Weíll Meet Again 
11Jun/44 Mosque Theatre, Richmond, VA W/Ella Fitzgerald, Cootie Williams & His Orch., Moke & Poke, Eddie Vinson, Ralph Brown. [Richmond Afro-American, 3Jun/44]
16-22Jun/44  Stanley, Pittsburgh, PA  W/Ella Fitzgerald, Cootie Williams & His Orch., Moke & Poke, Eddie Vinson, Ralph Brown. Movie: Make Your Own Bed. Sockiest attraction WB deluxer has had all year. Wham $30,000 or over. [Variety, 14&21Jun/44; Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 16&17Jun/44] 
23-29 Jun/44  Earle, Phil., PA-songs:  W/Ella Fitzgerald, Cootie Williams & His Orch., Moke & Poke, Eddie Vinson, Ralph Brown. Movie: Three Men in White. [Phil. Record, 23&24Jun/44] Final stop on tour. [Peopleís Voice, 1Jul/44] Grossed $43,800 and would have been higher but for long movie that prevented 6th show. [Billboard, 8Jul/44] 
-Java Jive 
-A Lovely Way to Spend An Evening 
-Don't Get Around Much Anymore 
-I'll Get By 
-If I Didn't Care 
21Jul-3Aug/44  Chicago, Chicago, IL (3 IS as Hoppy hospitalized)  W/Lou Breese & Orch., Fred & Elaine Barry, Arthur Blake, The Shyrettos. Movie: Going My Way. [Chicago Tribune, 21Jul/44] 
-Java Jive 
-Iíll Get By 
-Donít Sweetheart Me 
-If I Didnít Care 
23Aug/44  Recording date-song: 
-I Hope to Die If I Told A Lie  Rejected 
29Aug/44  Recording date-songs: 
-I Hope to Die If I Told A Lie 
-Maybe Itís All for the Best 
30Aug/44  Recording date-songs: 
-Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall  W/Ella Fitzgerald. Per Whitburn this song was in 1st place on the pop music charts for 2 weeks and was listed for 17 weeks. In addition, this song was in 1st place for 11 weeks in the Rhythm and Blues charts and was listed there for 21 weeks. 
-Iím Making Believe  W/Ella Fitzgerald. Per Whitburn this song was in 1st place on the pop music charts for 2 weeks and was listed for 17 weeks. In addition, this song reached 2nd place in the Rhythm and Blues charts and was listed there for 14 weeks. 
1-7Sep/44  Apollo, NYC  W/Luis Russell & His Band, Gatemouth Moore, Walter Green, and other headliners. [Peopleís Voice, 2Sep/44] 
8-10 Sep/44  State, Hartford, CN-songs:  W/D'Artega 20-piece All Girl Orch. featuring Lois Marie, Florence, Betty Low, The Symphonettes, Bob Hopkins, Cy Lambrey. Movie: Strangers in the Night. [Hartford Times, 8&9Sep/44; Variety, 6Sep/44] Last appearance by Deek Watson with IS. [Goldberg, 1998, pg.122] 
-Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby?**  No known version of this song by IS 
-Someday I'll Meet You Again 
-I'll Get By 
-If I didn't Care 
14-20 Sep/44  Adams, Newark, NJ  W/Del Courtney Orch., Coco, Steve & Eddy, Cordyn & Sawyer. Movie: Klondike Kate. [Newark Star-Ledger, 14Sep/44; Variety, 13Sep/44] Only 3 Ink Spots. [Goldberg, 1998, pg122] Bill Kenny made an singing appearance at the Morton Street Clubhouse for 300 youngsters on Tuesday, 19Sep between shows at the Adams. [Washington Afro-American, 30Sep/44]
22-28 Sep/44  Royal, Baltimore, MD  W/Luis Russell Orch., Nora Blunt, Eddie Simms, Gate Mouth Moore, Slim Thomas, Moke & Poke. [Afro-American late ed., 23 Sep/44] Only 3 IS [Goldberg, 1998, pg122] Ink Spots are urging patrons at Royal to support the NAACP's current members campaign. [Afro-American late ed., 26Sep/44]
29Sep -5Oct/44  Howard, Wash., DC  W/Luis Russell Orch., Moke & Poke and others. Movie: Minesweeper. [Washington Afro-American, 30Sep/44] Billy Bowen joins for this appearance.  [Billboard, 7Oct/44]
Oct/44  Ray Tunia replaces Bill Doggett as accompanist 
6Oct-6Dec/44  Café Zanzibar, NYC-songs:  W/Ella Fitzgerald, Dorothy Donegan, Claude Hopkins & Band, 12 Zanzibeauts, Peg-Leg Bates, Berry Bros., Three Loose Nuts, Peewee Marquette, Taps & Wilda [Billboard, 14Oct/44; Variety, 11Oct/44 & Metronome, 12Oct/44] Spots Zanzibar salary said to be $3,500 weekly with Ella Fitzgerald at $750. [Variety, 25Oct/44] 
-Your Feetís Too Big 
-Someday I'll Meet You Again  Listed as "Where or When" in Billboard review. 
-How Many Hearts Have You Broken 
-Iíll Get By 
-Donít Sweetheart Me 
-If I Didnít Care 
15?Oct/44  The Kate Smith Show, AFRS #73, 30 min. - Ink Spots and Shirley Booth are guests. Ink Spots sing:  Ink Spots booked for 8 weeks on show but were pulled by Gale after only 2 weeks when Kenny-Watson split threatened to breakup group. [Variety, 8Nov/44] 
-Someday I'll Meet You Again  Interesting variation of recorded song where words are repeated in two places. 
-Your Feet's Too Big  Quartet named except for Bill Kenny who starts song. Named are Ernie (Mackey), Butterball (Billy Bowen) and Hoppy Jones. 
17Oct/44  Radio, AFRS Jubilee 100 program, 1/2 hour, from 1st floor of Broadway & 49th , songs:  W/Claude Hopkins & Orch., Ella Fitzgerald, Slam Stewart, Paul Douglas, M.C. 
-Someday I'll Meet You Again 
-I'll Get By 
18Oct/44  Hoppy dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at age of 42 Wednesday at 6:00AM having finished his evening show at the Zanzibar. 
20Oct/44  Levy & Delaney funeral home. Services for Hoppy. IS sing Weíll Meet Again
Late Oct-early Nov/44  Cliff Givens is immediate replacement for Hoppy 
2Nov/44 Mosque Theatre, Newark, NJ, King Hiram Lodge A.F. and A. Masons, Inc. benefit show. W/Joe Laurie, Senator Ford, Harry Hirchfield, Peg Leg Bates, W.C. Handy, Ralph Cooper, Molly Picon, Josh White, Ella Fitzgerald, Boots Marshall and Bojangles Robinson. Clarence Robinson, who produces the shows at the Zanzibar in NY arranged the show. [Washington Afro-American, 7Oct/44]
6Nov/44  NBC radio - One Thousand Club of America, "Roosevelt for President"  W/Humphrey Bogart, Judy Garland, James Cagney, Danny Kaye, Groucho Marx, Ed Wynn, Cliff Nazzaro, Tahlula Bankhead, Irving Berlin, Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, Milton Berle, Edward G. Robinson, Paul Muni, others. 
Nov/44  Court battle among Deek Watson & Charlie Fuqua , Bill Kenny and Moe Gale begins. This cost the IS a number of bookings including the Paramount, Minneapolis and Detroit [Goldberg] 
Dec/44  All the suits were rolled into one. 
Dec/44  Recording date, V-Disc #118-A-song: 
-Weíll Meet Again 
27Dec/44  Paramount, NYC. Manager Moe Gale cancelled booking, to start this date, in early November to avoid risk to Paramount of leaving 'high and dry' because of internal struggle going on  [Variety, "Ink Spots Still On Split Verge", 8Nov/44] 
8Jan/45  Out of court settlement that included ruling that no group could use the IS name unless Bill Kenny was a member. 
19-25Jan/45  Regal, Chicago, IL  W/Tiny Bradshaw & Band, Glenn & Jenkins, Eddie Rector. Movie: Kismet. [Tribune, 21Jan/45] Tour resumes following settlement of suits. [Variety, 17Jan/45] 
26Jan/45  6th Annual Brooklyn Benefit Show, Brooklyn Academy of Music, NYC  Ink Spots advertised but reviews refer only to Bill Kenny of the IS as solo performer [NY Amsterdam News, 3Feb/45] 
28Jan/45  Kiel Auditorium, St. Louis, MO  W/Buddy Johnson & Orch., comedian team Glennie Jenkins, tap dancer Eddie Rector. [St. Louis Argus, 26Jan/45] 
30Jan/45 Shrine Mosque, but where? Ticket for this venue on Tuesday, Jan 30th must be 1945 as other Tuesdays are known.
1Feb/45  Plantation Club, St. Louis, MO  Debut of Deek Watson and his "Brown Dots" 
3Feb/45  Radio, NBC, Jubilee#1100-songs:  Paul Douglas, M.C. 
-Iíll Get By 
-Someday Iíll Meet You Again 
5Feb/45  Tomlinson Hall, Indianapolis, IN  W/Luis Russell & Orch. And Apollo Theatre Revue with Glen & Jenkins, Eddie Rector, Nova Blunt, Milton Buggs. [Indianapolis Recorder, 27Jan/45] 
9-15Feb/45  Apollo, NYC - IS set new high for attendance at Apollo. Bill Kenny , Cliff Givens, Bernie MacKay and Billy Bowen named. [Afro-American, 17Feb/45]  W/Luis Russell & Band featuring Nora Blunt & Milton Buggs; Ralph Brown & Juggling Jewels, Sandy Burns, Kelsey, Maude Russell. [Peopleís Voice, 10Feb/45] 
Feb/45  Royal, Baltimore, MD  [Billboard, 24Feb/45] 
Feb/45  Recording date, V-Disc #365-A-song: 
-Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall  W/ Ella Fitzgerald 
26Feb/45  Recording date-songs: 
-Iím Beginning to See the Light  With Ella Fitzgerald. Per Whitburn this song reached 5th place on the pop music charts and was listed for 6 weeks. 
-Thatís the Way It Is  With Ella Fitzgerald 
28Feb/45  Radio, WEAF from Café Zazibar -song:  W/Claude Hopkins & Orch. 
-The Gypsy? 
28Feb-27Mar/45  Paramount, NYC-songs:  W/Ella Fitzgerald, Cootie Williams & Orch, Buck & Bubbles, Don Baker at the organ. Movie: Bring On the Girls. [NY Times, 28Feb/45; Variety, 21Feb/45] Grossed $80,000 
-How Many Hearts Have You Broken 
-Iím Making Believe 
-If I Didnít Care 
-Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall  W/Ella Fitzgerald 
Early March/45  Bernie Mackay is replaced by Huey Long  An interview with Herb Kenny indicated that Huey Long was with the Ink Spots when he joined. [Goldberg, More Than Words Can Say, p.141] 
Mar/45  Café Zanzibar, NYC-songs:  W/Son & Sonny, Maurice Rocco, Bueil Thomas, Peewee Marquette, Peters Sisters, Leon La Mories, Claude Hopkins Orch. [Variety, 14&21Mar/45] Doubled with Paramount for last two weeks when Bill Robinson had to leave Zanzibar to make film in Hollywood [Goldberg] 
-How Many Hearts Have You Broken? 
-I Dream of You 
-I'm Making Believe 
-If I Didn't Care 
28Mar/45  Memorial Auditorium, Gary, IN, 2 performances, proceeds for Red Cross Benefit  W/Ella Fitzgerald, Cootie Williams & Orch. and IS Revue featuring 30 radio, stage & screen stars. [Gary Post Tribune, 28Mar/45] This would be the last appearance of Cliff Givens snd Bernie Mackey as Ink Spots according to Huey Long. 
About 29Mar/45  Bill Kenny let Cliff Givens and Bernie Mackey go. He wanted to make a place for his twin brother Herb. Huey Long replaced Bernie Mackey.  In an interview with Bill Proctor on 17Feb/02, Huey Long said he clearly remembered that he and Herb both began their Ink Spots careers together at the Paradise in Detroit. The Peopleís Voice of 7Apr/45, confirms that Givens left the group about this time. 
29Mar-5Apr/45  Paradise, Detroit, MI-songs included:  W/Ella Fitzgerald, Cootie Williams & Orch., Coke & Poke, Slim Thomas. [Detroit Free Press, 30Mar & 2Apr/45] This was the first appearance of Herb Kenny and Huey Long as Ink Spots according to Huey Long. 
-How Many Hearts Have You Broken 
-Iím Making Believe 
-Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall  W/Ella Fitzgerald 
6-8Apr/45  Paramount, Toledo, OH-songs:  W/Ella Fitzgerald, Cootie Williams & Orch., Coke & Poke, Slim Thomas. Movie: Circumstantial Evidence. [Toledo Blade, 5 & 7 Apr/45] 
-I Dream of You**  No known version of this song by IS 
-Iím Making Believe 
-How Many Hearts Have You Broken? 
-Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall  W/Ella Fitzgerald 
9Apr/45  Palace, South Bend Tribune, IN-songs included:  W/Ella Fitzgerald, Cootie Williams & Orch., Coke & Poke, Slim Thomas, Ralph Brown. Movie: A Guy, A Gal & A Pal. [South Bend Tribune, 6& 10 Apr/45] 
-If I Didnít Care 
10-12Apr/45  Palace, Columbus, OH-songs  W/Ella Fitzgerald, Cootie Williams & Orch., Coke & Poke, Slim Thomas. Movie: G.I. Honeymoon. [Columbus Dispatch, 9 & 11Apr/45] Reviewer Paul Hornung complains that IS are turning into a solo act. 
-How Many Hearts Have You Broken/ 
-Iím Making Believe 
-I Dream of You**  No known version of this song by IS 
-Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall  W/Ella Fitzgerald 
13-19 Apr/45  Palace, Cleveland, OH  W/Ella Fitzgerald, Cootie Williams & Orch., Big Sepia Revue. Movie: House of Fear. [Cleveland Plain Dealer, 16Apr/45] 
20-23 Apr/45  Palace, Akron, OH-songs:  W/Ella Fitzgerald, Cootie Williams & Orch., Coke & Poke, Ralph Brown. Movie: Her Lucky Night. [Akron Beacon-Journal, 19 & 21 Apr/45] 
-Iím Making Believe 
-How Many Hearts Have You Broken? 
-Iíll Lose A Friend Tomorrow 
-Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall  W/Ella Fitzgerald 
24-26Apr/45  Palace, Youngstown, OH  W/Ella Fitzgerald, Cootie Williams & Orch., Coke & Poke, Ralph Brown. Movie: Shadows in the Night. [Youngstown Daily Vindicator, 23Apr/45] 
27Apr-3May/45  Palace, Dayton, OH-songs:  W/Ella Fitzgerald, Cootie Williams & Orch., Coke & Poke, Slim Thomas. Movie: Main Street After Dark. [Dayton Journal, 26 & 28 Apr/45] 
-Iím Making Believe 
-How Many Hearts Have You Broken? 
-Iíll Lose A Friend Tomorrow 
-Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall  W/Ella Fitzgerald 
4-10May/45  Stanley, Pittsburgh, PA, 5 stage shows daily-songs included:  W/Ella Fitzgerald, Cootie Williams & Orch., Coke & Poke, Ralph Brown. Movie: Experiment Perilous. All time record for house broken with $41,000 to exceed Jack Benny,, 

Eddie Cantor, Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland and Kay Kyser. [Variety, 15May/45; Pittsburgh Press, 4&5May/45] 

-Iím Making Believe 
-How Many Hearts Have You Broken? 
Iíll Lose A Friend Tomorrow 
-Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall  W/Ella Fitzgerald 
11-17May/45  Earle, Phil., PA-songs:  W/Ella Fitzgerald, Cootie Williams & Orch. featuring Eddie Vinson, Coke & Poke, Ralph Brown. Movie: House of Fear. Socko $40,000. [Variety, 16May/45; Phil. Record, 11&12May/45] 
-Iím Making Believe 
-How Many Hearts Have You Broken? 
-Iíll Lose A Friend Tomorrow 
-Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall  W/Ella Fitzgerald 
18-24 May/45  Howard, Washington, DC  W/Ella Fitzgerald, Cootie Williams & Orch. featuring Eddie Vinson, Coke & Poke, Ralph Brown. Movie: Main Street After Dark. Article mentions that Ella Fitzgerald failed to show for opening performances and A. E. Liehtman had to hire Savannah Churchill to do double duty with a local night spot. When Ella showed a day later, she was cancelled by Liehtman. [Washington Afro-American, 19 & 26May/44; Afro-American, 2Jun/45] 
25-30? May/45  State, Hartford, CN  [Pittsburgh Courier, 24Mar/45 & Variety, 23May/45] 
31May-6Jun/45  RKO Boston, Boston, MA-songs:  W/Ella Fitzgerald, Cootie Williams & Orch, Coke & Poke, Slim Thomas. Movie: Honeymoon Ahead. [Boston Daily Globe, 31May & 1Jun/45] 
-Iím Making Believe 
-How Many Hearts Have You Broken 
-Iíll Lose A Friend Tomorrow 
-Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall  W/Ella Fitzgerald 
8-14Jun/45  Apollo, NYC  W/Ella Fitzgerald, Cootie Williams & Orch. featuring Eddie Vinson, Coke & Poke, Ralph Brown. Movie: The Lone Texas Ranger. [Peopleís Voice, 9Jun/45 & Variety, 13Jun/45] 
-Iím Making Believe 
-I Donít Care Who Knows It**  No known version of this song by IS 
-Iíll Lose A Friend Tomorrow 
-Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall  W/Ella Fitzgerald 
15-21Jun/45  Article in Afro-American
says Ink Spots on vacation after breaking all records at Apollo. 
[23Jun/45] 
22-28Jun/45  Shea's Buffalo, Buffalo, NY-songs included:  W/Ella Fitzgerald, Cootie Williams & Orch. featuring Eddie Vinson, Coke & Poke, Ralph Brown. Movie: Molly and Me. Capacity crowds. [Billboard, 30Jun/45] 
-I Don't Care Who Knows It**  No known version of this song by IS 
-I'm Making Believe 
29Jun-5Jul/45  Chicago, Chicago, IL  W/Ella Fitzgerald, Cootie Williams & Orch. featuring Eddie Vinson, Coke & Poke, Ralph Brown. Movie: The Horn Blows at Midnight. Great $62,000 in offing. [Variety, 4Jul/45 & Daily Tribune, 28Jun/45] 
-Iím Making Believe 
-I Donít Care Who Knows It**  No known version of this song by IS 
-Iíll Lose A Friend Tomorrow 
-Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall  W/Ella Fitzgerald 
6-12Jul/45  Orpheum, Omaha, NB-songs included:  W/ Ella Fitzgerald, Cootie Williams & Orch. featuring Eddie Vinson, Coke & Poke, Ralph Brown. Movie: I'll Tell the World. Terrific $23,000 or near. [Variety, 4&11Jul/45; Omaha World-Herald, 6&7Jul/45] 
-Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall 
13-19Jul/45  Orpheum, Minneapolis, MN-songs:  W/Ella Fitzgerald, Cootie Williams & Orch. featuring Eddie Vinson, Coke & Poke, Ralph Brown. Movie: Brewsterís Millions.Very big $25,000 in prospect. [Variety, 18Jul/45 & Minneapolis Morning Tribune, 23Jul/45] 
-Iím Making Believe 
-I Donít Care Who Knows It (Iím in Love with You)**  No known version of this song by IS 
-Iíll Lose A Friend Tomorrow 
-Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall  W/Ella Fitzgerald 
20-23 Jul/45  Orpheum, St. Paul, MN  W/Ella Fitzgerald, Cootie Williams & Orch., Coke & Poke, Ralph Brown. [St. Paul Pioneer Press, 20Jul/45; Variety, 18Jul/45] 
24-25Jul/45 Orpheum, Madison, WI, 5 stage shows daily. W/Ella Fitzgerald, Cootie Williams & Orch., Coke & Poke, Ralph Brown. Movie: Swing Out Sister. [Capital Times (Madison), 24Jul/45]
27Jul-2Aug/45  Riverside, Milwaukee, WI  W/Ella Fitzgerald, Cootie Williams & Orch., Coke & Poke, Ralph Brown. Movie: I'll Tell the World. [Milwaukee Sentinel, 27Jul/45; Variety, 25Jul/45] 
3-9Aug/45  Regal, Chicago, IL  W/Ella Fitzgerald, Cootie Williams & Orch. featuring Eddie Vinson, Coke & Poke, Ralph Brown. Movie: The Unseen. [Chicago Defender, 4Aug/45] 
10-16Aug/45  Downtown, Detroit, MI-songs:  W/Ella Fitzgerald, Cootie Williams & Orch. featuring Eddie Vinson, Coke & Poke, Ralph Brown. Movie: The Missing Corpse. [Detroit Free Press, 9 & 11Aug/45] Gross estimated at $42,000 (considerably higher than Sammy Kaye a few weeks ago) with lines going down to next corner - something not seen in a long time. [Billboard, 25Aug & 1Sep/45] 
-Iím Making Believe 
-I Donít Care Who Knows It (Iím in Love with You)**  No known version of this song by IS 
-Iíll Lose A Friend Tomorrow 
-Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall  W/Ella Fitzgerald 
17-23Aug/45  National, Louisville, KY-songs:  W/Ella Fitzgerald, Cootie Williams & Orch. featuring Eddie Vinson, Moke & Poke, Ralph Brown. Movie: The Lady Confesses. Terrific $23,000 on draw of stage show. [Courier-Journal, 17 & 18Aug/45; Variety, 22Aug/45] 
-Iím Making Believe 
-I Donít Care Who Knows It (Iím in Love with You)**  No known version of this song by IS 
-Iíll Lose A Friend Tomorrow 
-Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall  W/Ella Fitzgerald 
25Aug/45  Cover picture and cover story, Billboard [Billboard, 25Aug/45] 
27Aug-2Sep/45  Royal, Baltimore, MD  W/Ella Fitzgerald, Cootie Williams & Orch. featuring Eddie Vinson, Coke & Poke, Ralph Brown. [Afro-American, 8Sep/45] 
6-12Sep/45  Adams, Newark, NJ-songs:  W/Ella Fitzgerald, Cootie Williams & Orch. Coke & Poke, Ralph Brown. Movie: A Sporting Chance. [Variety, 12Sep/45] 
-Iím Making Believe 
-I Donít Care Who Knows It (Iím in Love with You)**  No known version of this song by IS 
-Iíll Lose A Friend Tomorrow 
-Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall  W/Ella Fitzgerald 
13-15 Sep/45  Metropolitan, Providence, RI, 4 days  W/Ella Fitzgerald, Cootie Williams & Orch. featuring Eddie Vinson, Coke & Poke, Ralph Brown. Movie: Jealousy. Snappy $7,500 weekend. [Variety, 12&26Sep/45; The Providence Journal, 12&14Sep/45] Another article in this issue addresses the Moke and Poke - Coke and Poke question. Listings for this team have varied during the year. Apparently, Poke became ill in Dec/44 and Moke (Fletcher Rivers) took on a new partner and continued with the same name. Poke (Leon James) was left "out in the cold" until he took on Harold Cromer and started performing as Coke & Poke but many continued to confuse the new name with the old Moke & Poke. [Afro-American, 22Sep/45] 
Sep/45  Two week holiday in Maine  . [Afro-American, 22Sep/45] 
2Oct/45  Recording date-songs: 
-Iím Gonna Turn Off the Teardrops 
-Iíll Lose A Friend Tomorrow 
3Oct/45  Recording date-songs: 
-The Sweetest Dream 
-Keep On the Sunny Side  Rejected - a test pressing of this song by IS exists. Never re-recorded by IS although recorded (4Sep/51) and issued by Bill Kenny 
-Just For Me 
5-21Oct/45  Holiday On Ice, Coliseum, Chicago, IL  IS were added feature for this ice show. [Tribune, 5 & 16Oct/45] 
26Oct-15?Nov/45  Glenn Rendezvous, Newport, KY. Ad in Times-Star of 30Oct/45 apologizes to "all those who were unable to enter Glenn Rendezvous at the week-end" 

W/Tommy Hanlon Jr., Lloyd & Willis, Dorothy Durbin Dancers, "Deke" Moffitt & His Orch. featuring Shirley Carter. [The Cincinnati Enquirer, 21Oct/45; Cincinnati Times-Star, 24Oct&8-9Nov/45] Charlie Fuqua returns from service and replaces Huey Long starting this appearance starting on a Friday. [Indianapolis Recorder, 10Nov/45 & Afro-American, 3 Nov/45] 

Thanks to Deke Moffitt, son of "Deke" who performed during this appearance for the marquee photo (too bad they spelled dad's name wrong.)

22-28 Nov/45  Taft, Cincinnati, OH, songs:  W/Milt Britton Band, Mack and Desmond, Pat Henning, Smittie and his Hepcats.. Movie: Hollywood and Vine. Grossed over $27,000 Thanksgiving week. [Cincinnati Post, 20723Nov/45; Billboard, 8Dec/45] 
-I'm Making Believe 
-I Don't Care Who Knows It**  No known version of this song by IS 
-Just For Me 
-If I Didn't Care 
5Dec/45-5Mar/46  Zanzibar, NYC-songs included:  W/Pee Wee Marquette, Cootie Williams & Orch., Ralph Brown, Zanzibeauts Line, Ella Fitzgerald, Howell & Bowser, Ray Sneed Jr., Maurice Rocco, Claude Hopkins & Orch. [Variety, Dec/45&27Feb/46; Billboard, 15Dec/45 & Indianapolis Recorder, 8Dec/45] Zanzibar hit by NYC mayor's shuttering of clubs Feb 11th. Gross down to $5,000 when long lines had to be turned away for late show and loss of $8,000 claimed for Tuesday. [Billboard, 23Feb/45] 
-If I Didnít Care 
14Dec/45  Apollo Theatre, NY, 9th Annual Amsterdam NewsWelfare Fund Midnight Benefit Show, Friday, Dec. 14th Martha Raye, headliner at Nicky Blair's Carnival Club; the entire Cafe Zanzibar show with Cootie Williams, the IS, Ella Fitzgerald, Maurice Rocco demon pianist, Coke and Poke, Ralph Brown, Howell & Bowser, Pee Wee Marquette and Ray Sneed; Erskine Hawkins & His Band with Delores Brown and Jimmy Mitchell; Andy Kirk and his Club Sudan Orch. with Beverly White and Floyd Smith; Louis Jordan's world-famous tympany band now in its second week at the Apollo; Noro Morales, the rhumba King and his great Copacabana orch.; and dozens of others. [NY Amsterdam News, 15Dec/45] 
1Feb/46  7th Annual Brooklyn Benefit Show, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, NYC  IS appear with Dinah Washington, Willie Bryant, Billy Eckstine, Ella Fitzgerald, Bert Howell, Buddy Bowser, Ralph Brown, Three Johnnies, Four Notes, Pee Wee Marquette, Manhattan Paul, Maurice Rocco, Honeyboy Thomas, Billie Holiday, Savannah Churchill, Don Vyas & Orch., Milt Coles & Band, Saturne, Bee Oliver and others. [NY Amsterdam News, 9Feb/45] 
19Feb/46  Recording date-song: 
-The Gypsy  Per Whitburn this song was in 1st place on the pop music charts for 13 weeks and was listed for 23 weeks. Thus, while If I Didn't Care
is the song for which they are remembered, The Gypsy
is their top "pop chart" tune. In addition, this song was in 1st place for 3 weeks in the Rhythm and Blues charts and was listed there for 13 weeks. 
21Feb/46  Recording date-song: 
-Everyone Is Saying Hello Again 
28Feb/46  Radio, Letís Go Nightclubbing, NBC, from Café Zanzibar -song:  Out takes of this song exist and a few seconds of it were included in the documentary "March of Time" 
-Iíd Climb the Highest Mountain 
18Mar/46 Recording date-songs:
-Prisoner of Love  Per Whitburn this song reached 9th place on the pop music charts and was listed for 11 weeks. In addition, this song reached 5th place in the Rhythm and Blues charts and was listed there for 1 week.
-I Never Had A Dream Come True 
-I Cover the Waterfront 
-I Wasnít Meant For Love 
3-7Apr/46  McVan's, Buffalo, NY  W/Saunders and Watters, Starlene, Jimmie Troy. May outdraw Gypsy Rose Lee who holds McVan record. [Billboard, 13Apr/46; Buffalo Evening News, 1&3Apr/46] 
8-13Apr/46 Opera House, Kiel Auditorium, Y Circus, St. Louis, MO W/Ella Fitzgerald, Cootie Williams & Orch., Dorothy Donegan, Edwards Sisters, Pork'N Beans, Curtis Glover, Lucy Ann Berry, Spott's Rockettes, Les Pierettes. [St Louis Argus, 29Mar/46 and show program]
14-21Apr/46 Lake Club, Springfield, IL, 5th Anniversary Special Attraction, $2.40 incl. tax. W/Phil Levant & Orch with Shirley White & Geo. "Pug" Pilcher, dancers Mack Malone and Maudell, bike comic Jack Spot.
26Apr-16May/46  Club Plantation, St. Louis, MO  W/George Hudson & Orch., Cole & Atkins, Joe Johnson & His Nine Bronze Skinned Beauties. [St Louis Globe-Democrat, 26Apr&5May/46] 
4-10Jun/46  Orpheum, San Diego, CA  W/ Eddie Vinson & His Orch., Peg Leg Bates, Ida James, Coke & Poke. [San Diego Union, 4Jun/46;Variety, 29May/46] 
11-16Jun/46  Million Dollar, Los Angeles, CA-songs:  W/Eddie Vinson & His Orch., Helen Humes, Coke & Poke, Peg Leg Bates. Movie: Crime of the Century. [LA Times, 12June/46 & Billboard, 11June/46] Grossed $44,700 high. [Billboard, 27Jun/46] 
-Iíd Climb the Highest Mountain 
-The Gypsy 
-Prisoner of Love 
-I Donít Care Who Knows It  No known version of this song by IS
-If I Didnít Care 
26Jun-2Jul/46  Golden Gate, San Francisco, CA-songs:  W/Eddie Vinson & His Orch., Ida James, Coke & Poke, Peg Leg Bates. Movie: The Truth About Murder. Opening day take $7,477 which bettered Frank Sinatra's opening $7,358. [Billboard, 6Jul/46 & San Francisco Chronicle, 26Jun/46] 
-The Gypsy 
-I'd Climb the Highest Mountain 
-If I Didn't Care 
3-7Jul/46 One nighters in California  W/ Eddie Vinson & His Orch., Peg Leg Bates, Ida James, Coke & Poke [Variety, 29May/46] 
 6July/46 Memorial Auditorium, Sacramento, dance and one hour stage show. W/ Eddie Vinson & His Orch., Peg Leg Bates, Ida James, Coke & Poke [Sacramento Bee, 2July/46] 
8Jul/46  Recording date, Los Angeles, songs: 
-I Get the Blues When It Rains 
-To Each His Own  Per Whitburn this song reached 1st place on the pop music charts and was listed for 14 weeks. In addition, this song reached 3rd place in the Rhythm and Blues charts and was listed there for 3 weeks. 
-Just Plain Love
8-15Jul/46  Lincoln, Los Angeles, CA. Ink Spots unit opens new Lincoln with grand charity premiere Monday 8Jul/46. Entire proceeds to 3 Eastside charities. [California Eagle, 7Jul/46]  W/ Eddie Vinson & His Orch., Peg Leg Bates, Ida James, Coke & Poke. [Variety, 29May/46] 
17-23Jul/46  Orpheum, Oakland, CA  W/ Eddie Vinson & His Orch., Peg Leg Bates, Ida James, Coke & Poke [Variety, 29May/46] 
26Jul-1Aug/46  Orpheum, Seattle, WA-songs included:  W/Eddie Vinson & His Orch., Ida James, Coke & Poke, Peg Leg Bates. Movie: Her Adventurous Night. [Seattle Times, 26Jul/46] Terrific $37,000, house record. [Variety, 31Jul/46] 
-Iíd Climb the Highest Mountain 
-Prisoner of Love 
-If I Didnít Care 
2-8Aug/46  Paramount, Portland, OR  W/Eddie Vinson & His Orch., Ida James, Coke & Poke, Peg Leg Bates. Movie: Janie Gets Married. [The Oregonian, 1Aug/46] 
9-11Aug/46  Fox, Spokane, WA, 5 stage shows beginning12:30PM and last at 10:45PM. 55 cents till 1PM, 70 cents till 5PM and 90 cents after-five songs included:  W/ Eddie Vinson & His Orch., Peg Leg Bates, Ida James, Coke & Poke. Movie: Janie Gets Married. [The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, 8&10Aug/46] 
-If I Didn't Care 
15Aug/46 Auditorium, Denver, CO, Orch. $3 (incl. both concert & dance), Bal. $2.40, Mezz. $1.80, Gal. $1.20. Show at 8:20P.M. and Dance at 10:30P.M. Dance only, $1.80, songs included: W/ Eddie Vinson & His Orch., Peg Leg Bates, Ida James, Coke & Poke. [Denver Post, 11&16 Aug/46] "Their encores were numerous. Then during the dance they returned to sing several more." [Colorado Statesman, 17Aug/46]
-The Gypsy
-If I Didn't Care
19Aug/46  Municipal Auditorium, San Antonio, TX, "Cavalcade of Entertainment", Dance, presented by Fisher & Tease.  W/ Eddie Vinson & His Orch., Ida James, Coke & Poke, Peg Leg Bates. [San Antonio Register, 16Aug/46] 
22Aug/46  City Auditorium, Houston, TX  W/ Eddie Vinson & His Orch., Ida James, Coke & Poke, Peg Leg Bates. [Houston Informer, 17Aug/46] 
25Aug/46  Municipal Auditorium, New Orleans, LA-SONGS:  W/ Eddie Vinson & His Orch., Ida James, Coke & Poke, Peg Leg Bates. [Louisiana Weekly, 24 & 31Aug/46] 
-The Gypsy 
-Do I Worry? 
-If I Didn't Care 
-Maybe 
-I Cover the Waterfront 
-Prisoner of Love 
29Aug-4Sep/46  National, Louisville, KY-songs:  W/Eddie Vinson & His Orch., Ida James, Coke & Poke, Peg Leg Bates. Movie: Inner Circle. [Courier-Journal, 1Sep/46] Pointing to terrific $30,000 for seven days. [Variety, 4Sep/46] 
-Prisoner of Love 
-I'd Climb the Highest Mountain 
-I Don't Care Who Knows It 
-The Gypsy 
-If I Didn't Care 
5-11Sep/46  Oriental, Chicago, IL-songs:  W/Eddie Vinson & His Orch., Ida James, Coke & Poke, Peg Leg Bates. Movie: In Old Sacramento. House filled. [Tribune, 5Sep/46 & Billboard, 14Sep/46] Socko $70,000. [Variety, 11Sep/46] 
-Iíd Climb the Highest Mountain 
-To Each His Own 
-The Gypsy 
-Prisoner of Love 
-If I Didnít Care 
10Sep/46  Recording date, Chicago-song 
-Either Itís Love or It Isnít 
12-18Sep/46  Downtown, Detroit, MI-songs:  W/Eddie Vinson & His Orch., Ida James, Coke & Poke, Peg Leg Bates. Movie: Song of Arizona. [Detroit Free Press, 11Sep/46] Strong $18,000. [Variety, 18Sep/46] 
-Iíd Climb the Highest Mountain 
-The Gypsy 
-Prisoner of Love 
-To Each His Own 
-If I Didnít Care 
19-25Sep/46  Palace, Cleveland, OH  W/Eddie Vinson & His Orch., Ida James, Coke & Poke, Peg Leg Bates. Movie: Lover Come Back. [Cleveland Call & Post, 14Sep/46] Smash $42,000 as initial fall stage show. [Variety, 25Sep/46] 
22Sep/46  WJW, Babs Revue, IS interviewed by Brooke Taylor at 1:00PM, Sunday 
27Sep-21?Nov/46  Café Zanzibar, NYC-songs  W/Eddie Vinson & His Orch., Claude Hopkins & His Orch., Peg-Leg Bates, Thelma Carpenter, "Parade of the Batons w/Elaine Guster & the Zanzibeauts, Dusty Fletcher, "East Indian Swing Ballet" w/ Princess Nyoka and six beauty contest winners, The Hot Shots, 3 shows nightly, dinner dancing and show - $2.00. [NY Times, 3Oct/46 & Billboard, 21Sep/46; Zanzibar program, undated; Variety-listings to Nov 13th] Cast as listed in Zanzibar program but minor acts changed from time to time and also included during this period Joyner & Hamid and the Hotshots. 
-The Gypsy 
-I Never Had A Dream Come True 
-Prisoner of Love 
-To Each His Own 
-If I Didnít Care 
7Nov/46  Recording date-songs: 
-Thatís Where I Came In 
-When You Come to the End of the Day 
-You Canít See the Sun When Youíre Crying  Per Whitburn this song reached 19th place on the pop music charts and was listed for 2 weeks. 
-My Baby Didnít Even Say Goodbye 
22-28Nov/46  Earle, Phil., PA  W/ Eddie Vinson & Band, Peg Leg Bates, Coke & Poke, Dinah Washington. Movie: Criminal Court. Sock $40,000 [Variety, 20Nov/46; Evening Bulletin, Phil., 21&23Nov/46] 
-The Gypsy 
-I Never Had A Dream Come True 
-To Each His Own 
29Nov-5Dec/46  Apollo, NYC-songs:  W/Eddie Vinson & Band, Peg Leg Bates, Coke & Poke, Dinah Washington. [NY Amsterdam News, 30Nov&4Dec/46] 
-The Gypsy 
-I never Had a Dream Come True 
-To Each His Own 
-If I Didn't Care 
6-12Dec/46  Howard, Wash., DC  W/Eddie Vinson & Band, Peg Leg Bates, Coke & Poke, Dinah Washington. [Afro-American, 21Dec/46& Variety 4Dec/46] 
13-19 Dec/46  Royal, Baltimore, MD-songs:  W/Eddie Vinson & Band, Peg Leg Bates, Coke & Poke, Dinah Washington. Movie: Hot Cargo. [Washington Afro-American, 7Dec/46; Afro-American, 14&21Dec/46] 
-The Gypsy 
-I Never Had A Dream Come True 
-To Each His Own 
-If I Didnít Care 
Dec/46-Jan/47  IS take 3-week vacation  [Afro-American, 28Dec/46] 
17Jan/47  Mosque, Richmond, VA-songs:  W/Johnny Otis & his Famous Jive Orch., Leon Collins, Dinah Washington, Jelly Roll & Zazu. [Richmond Times-Dispatch, 17Jan/47; Richmond Afro-American, 18Jun/47] 
-The Gypsy 
-I Never Had A Dream Come True 
-To Each His Own 
-Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall 
-If I Didn't Care 
-Do I Worry 
18Jan/47  WCHS Auditorium, Charleston, WV. Dance from 10:00PM to 2:00AM. Two floor shows at 11:00PM and 1:00AM  W/Johnny Otis & Orch., Leon Collins, Dinah Washington, Jelly Roll & Zulu. [Charleston Gazette, 16Jan/47] 
19Jan/47  Turnerís Arena, Washington, DC  [Pittsburgh Courier, 18Jan/47] 
20Jan/47  USO Auditorium, Norfolk, VA  [Pittsburgh Courier, 18Jan/47] 
21Jan/47  Memorial Auditorium, Raleigh, NC  [The News & Observer, Raleigh, 19Jan/47] 
22Jan/47  Township Auditorium, Columbia, SC. Colored Dance ($1.75, $2.00), White Spectators ($1.50).  Wjohnny Otis & His Orch., Act of Stage, Screen & Radio. [The State, Columbia, 22Jan/47] 
23Jan/47  Charles T. Walker School, Augusta, GA, Concert, 7:30-9:30P.M., White Spectators  W/Leon Collins, Joly Roll & Susu[The Augusta Chronicle, 22Jan/47] 
Delmar Casino, Dance, 10:00 Until 2:00 
24Jan/47  Auditorium, Macon, GA, concert & dance.  W/Johnny Otis & Orch., Leon Collins, Dinah Washington, Jelly Roll & Zulu. [Macon Telegraph, 22&24Jan/47; Pittsburgh Courier, 25Jan/47] 
Cotton Club after dance until wee hours  Following dance, Ink Spots will be taken to Macon's only night spot to be entertained by The Sultans featuring Count Gondor at the piano and to meet the public. [The Macon Telegraph, 24Jan/47] 
25?-26Jan/47  City Auditorium, Atlanta, GA  Show-Dance, 11PM to 3AM, admission $1.20. [Pittsburgh Courier, 25Jan/47 & Atlanta Constitution, 26Jan/47]] 
27Jan/47  Propeller Club, Tuskegee, AL  [Pittsburgh Courier, 25Jan/47] 
28Jan/47  Memorial Auditorium, Chattanooga, TN, Concert-Dance for colored - $2, white spectators 80 cents.  W/Johnny Otis & His Orch.[Chattanooga News-Free Press, 28Jan/47] 
30Jan/47  City Auditorium, Birmingham, AL  [Pittsburgh Courier, 1Feb/47] 
1Feb/47  Armory, Durham, NC, presented by Lath Alston, Reservations for White Spectators.  W/Johnny Otis & His Orch. [The Durham Sun, 31Jan/47] 
5-25Feb/47  Paramount, NYC-songs:  W/Ella Fitzgerald, Cootie Williams & Orch, Tip Tap & Toe, Stump & Stumpy. Movie: Easy Come, Easy Go. [NY Times, 5Feb/47& Variety, 12Feb/47] Grossed $ 213,000 for 3 weeks. [Variety, 19&26Feb/47] 
-To Each His Own 
-I Never Had A Dream Come True 
-The Gypsy 
-If I Didn't Care 
11Feb/47  8th Annual Brooklyn Benefit, Loewís Bedford Theatre, 11:30PM  Also Ella Fitzgerald, Charley Barnet & Orch., Mantan Moreland, Bill Robinson, Mills Brothers, Honi Coles & Cholly Atkins, Tex Beneke, Willie Bryant, Savannah Churchill, Teddy Vaughan & his trio, Bud Harris & Lillette Thomas, Manhattan Paul, Ralph Cooper, George Wilchile, Joe Chisholm, Four Ravens, Ray Nathan Quartette and Billie Stewart, Charlie Bristol, Pigmeat Markham, and others. [NY Amsterdam News, 1Feb/47] 
27Feb/47  Recording date-songs: 
-I Want to Thank Your Folks 
-Can You Look Me In the Eyes? 
-Information Please 
-White Christmas 
-Ask Anyone Who Knows  Per Whitburn this song reached 17th place on the pop music charts and was listed for 4 weeks. In addition, this song reached 5rd place in the Rhythm and Blues charts and was listed there for 1 week. 
-Always 
28Feb-2Mar/47  State, Hartford, CN  W/Buddy Morrow Orch., Ella Fitzgerald, Jess Dixon, Libby Dean. Movie; Lighthouse. [Hartford Times, 28Feb/47] 
5Mar/47  Recording date-song: 
-Do You Feel That Way Too? 
6-12Mar/47  Adams, Newark, NJ  W/Johnny Otis Orch., June Richmond, Lewis & White, Coles & Atkins. Movie: Lighthouse. [Newark Star-Ledger, 6Mar/47] 
13-19 Mar/47  RKO, Boston, MA-songs:  W?Johnny Otis Orch., June Richmond, Coles & Atkins. Movie: Brennan Girl. O.K. $29,000 [Variety, 12&19Mar/47] 
-To Each His Own 
-The Gypsy 
-I Never Had A Dream Come True 
-If I Didn't Care 
15Mar/47  4th Pittsburgh Courier Charities Fund Band Poll Winners Show, Carnegie Hall, NYC, Mutual Network radio broadcast -songs:  IS are winning quartet for 1946. Show also features Ray Brown, Arnett Cobbs, Earl Bostic, Billy Eckstine, Ella Fitzgerald, Cootie Williams, Lionel Hampton, Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie, the Mills Bros. and others. [Pittsburgh Courier, 15Mar/47] 
-The Gypsy 
-If I Didnít Care 
21Mar-3Apr/47  McVan's, Buffalo, 3 shows nightly at 9-12-2:30.  [Buffalo Evening News, 21&31Mar/47] 
5Apr/47  Hamilton Armories, Hamilton, Canada, presented by the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry, "Dancing After Concert." W/singer June Richmond, dancers Coles & Atkins, comedy team Lewis & White, Johnny Otis & Orch. [Hamilton Spectator, 2Apr/47;Globe & Mail, 4Apr/47] 
7Apr/47  His Majestyís, Montreal, Que., Canada, Easter Monday-songs included:  W/June Richmond, Coles & Atkins, Lewis & White, Johnny Otis & Orch. [Daily Star, 1Apr/47 & The Herald, 8Apr/47] 
-The Gypsy 
-To Each His Own 
-If I didnít Care 
10Apr/47  Massey Hall, Toronto, Canada  W/June Richmond, Coles & Atkins, Lewis & White, Johnny Otis & Orch. [Toronto Star, 1Apr/47] 
11-13Apr/47  Palace, Youngstown, OH-songs:  W/June Richmond, Coles & Atkins, Lewis & White, Johnny Otis & Orch. Movie: Beat the Band. [Youngstown Daily Vindicator, 12Apr/47] 
-Thatís Where I Came In 
-I Never Had A Dream Come True 
-Street of Dreams 
-To Each His Own 
-If I Didnít Care 
19Apr/47  Central High School Auditorium, Kalamazoo, MI  W/Johnny Otis & Orch., June Richmond, Lewis & White, Coles & atkins [Kalamazoo Gazette, 13Apr/47; Ad. in Spike Jones program handout] 
24-27 Apr/47  Paramount, Toledo, OH-songs included:  W/June Richmond, Coles & Atkins, Lewis & White, Johnny Otis & Orch. Movie: Strange Journey. [Toledo Blade, 23&25Apr/47] 
-The Gypsy 
-To Each His Own 
-If I Didn't Care 
28-30 Apr/47  Palace, Columbus, OH  W/Johnny Otis & Orch., June Richmond, Coles & Atkins, Lewis & White. Movie: Spoilers of the North. [Columbus Dispatch, 27 & 29Apr/47] 
-Can You Look Me In the Eyes 
-To Each His Own 
-Thatís Where I Came In 
-If I Didnít Care 
2May/47  Tomlinson Hall,  W/June Richmond, Coles & Atkins, Lewis & White, Johnny Otis & Orch. [Indianapolis Recorder, 26Apr/47] 
15-28 May/47  Oriental, Chicago, IL-songs:  W/Johnny Otis & Orch., June Richmond, Coles & Atkins, Lewis & White. Movie: Dishonored Lady. [Tribune, 15May/47] Big $57,000 [Variety, 21May/47] 
-Can You Look Me In the Eyes 
-That's Where I Came In 
-You Can't See the Sun When You're Crying  Harold Francis clicks on solo piano 
-If I Didn't Care 
11June/47  The Forum, Vancouver, BC, Canada  Cancelled after being advertised. Reason given was differences between IS and original booking agents. [Vancouver Sun, 3 &9Jun/47] 
12-18Jun/47  Orpheum, Seattle, WA-songs included:  W/Johnny Otis & Orch., June Richmond, Coles & Atkins, Lewis & White. Movie: Love and Learn. [The Seattle Times, 12 & 13Jun/47] Terrific $30,000. [Variety, 18Jun/47] 
-Thatís Where I Came In 
-If I didnít Care 
19-25Jun/47  Paramount, Portland, OR  W/Johnny Otis & Orch., June Richmond, Coles & Atkins, Lewis & White. Movie: Blaze of Noon. [The Oregonian, 19Jun/47] 
1-7Jul/47  Paramount, San Francisco, CA  W/Johnny Otis & Orch., June Richmond, Coles & Atkins, Lewis & White. Movie Spoilers. Draw of Ink Spots helping this to big $34,000. [Variety, 9Jul/47; San Francisco Chronicle, 1&2July/47] 
8-14Jul/47  Million Dollar, Los Angeles, CA-songs:  W/Johnny Otis & Orch., June Richmond, Coles & Atkins, Lewis & White. Movie: Scared to Death. Stout $25,000. [Variety, 16Jul/47] 
-Can You Look Me In the Eyes? 
-That's Where I Came In 
-You Can't See the Sun When You're Crying 
-If I Didn't Care 
16Jul/47  Recording date, Los Angeles-song: 
-Just Plain Love 

Autographs of three Ink Spots probably in July/47 during their California visit since the postcard has a picture of the "Luxury Daylight" train taken near San Luis Obispo on the front of the postcard.

17July/47 Russ Auditorium, San Diego, CA. W/Johnny Otis & Orch., June Richmond, Coles & Atkins, Lewis & White. [San Diego Union, 17July/47]
19July/47 Memorial Auditorium, Sacramento, CA, A Capital Enterprise Attraction. W/Johnny Otis & Orch., June Richmond, Coles & Atkins, Lewis & White. [Sacramento Bee, 15July/47]
July or Aug/47  Surf Club, Wildwood, NJ? 
18Aug/47  Recording date-songs: 
-Home Is Where the Heart Is 
-Aladdinís Lamp 
-Sincerely Yours 
1Sep-11Oct/47  London Casino, London, England, matinees Wednesdays and Saturdays. Prices 3/- to 10/6, songs:  W/Harold Collins and the Casino Orch., Freddie Carpenter's Casino Girls, Charlie Rivel (Chaplin on the Trapeze), The Lai Founs (Chinese Wonders), The Western Brothers (The Radio "Cads" Kenneth & George), Three Charlivel (Trio), Scott Sanders(The Old Philosopher), Garyll & Mundy (World's Greatest Lovers), Rolly Rolls (The Merry Parisien), Bert and Harry Nicol (Fooling For You). [The Times, 2Sep/47 & Downbeat, 24Sep/47 and London Casino Programme, 1Sep/47] Report of biggest pre-war traffic jam around theater for opening night. 
Do I Worry 
-Whispering Grass 
-Maybe 
-The Gypsy 
-Java Jive 
-Bless You 
7Sep/47  Trocadero, Elephant and Castle, London, Sunday, 4:30 & 8:00 PM,  W/ clarinetist Harry Parry & His Sextet with vocalists Jean Bradbury and Paula Green. [Melody Maker, 30Aug/47, pg. 1] 
8Sep/47 BBC, 7:35PM, From Casino Only one show is scheduled so far and this is during their regular Casino show. [Melody Maker, 30Aug/47]
14Sep/34 Gaumont-Hammelsmith, London, Sunday, 4:30 & 8:00 PM W/ clarinetist Harry Parry & His Sextet with vocalists Jean Bradbury and Paula Green. [Melody Maker, 30Aug/47, pg. 1]
15Sep/47 Lewisham Hippodrome, London suburbs  IS were to double at Casino and Hippodrome beginning third week and had contract dispute re: required 2 shows at each location. Original times were set as 6:55PM at Casino, 7:45PM at Hippodrome, 8:25PM at Hippodrome and one hour later at Casino. Travel time was claimed to be about 35 minutes in a fast moving vehicle. [Afro-American , 27Sep/47] Six thousand fans were reported to be disappointed Tuesday which indicates the Ink Spots probably performed Monday night and found the doubling too much. They apparently sorted out the disagreement and continued to perform at the Casino but did not finish the Lewisham engagement. {Melody Maker, 20Sep/47]
21Sep/47  Empire, Chiswick, England  W/Reg Redcliffe, Johnnie Riscoe, Violet Terry, J&D Lawes, Eddie Bayes, Marie Wilson, Bex & Bex, R&M Lamar. [Variety, 24Sep/47] 
27Sep/47 Lyceum (Strand), afternoon and evening shows [Melody Maker, 27Sep/47]
29Sep/47  Daily Express Film Ball, Royal Albert Hall, London  IS are featured guest artists. [Afro-American, 20Sep/47] 
12Oct/47 State Cinema, Kilburn, two concerts at 5:00 and 8:00 PM. or Gaumont-Empire, London with Harry Parry Sextet? Melody Maker, 27Sep/47 says State Cinema and Billboard, 18Oct/47 says Gaumont-Empire.
4Nov/47  Club Bali, Wash. or Phil? 
21Nov/47  Recording date-songs: 
-Itís All Over But the Crying 
-Iíll Make Up for Everything 
-Sorry You Said Goodbye**  Rejected - no known version of this song by IS (recorded by Bill Kenny in 1951) 
24Nov/47  Recording date-songs: 
-I Woke Up With A Teardrop In My Eye 
-Wanting You  Rejected - a test pressing of this song by IS exists. 
-If You Had To Hurt Someone 
1-7Dec/47 Town Casino, Buffalo, NY Week starting Monday, Dec 1st [Town Casino table card]
22Dec/47  Recording date-song: 
-Where Flamingoes Fly 
23Dec/47  Recording date-songs: 
-Just For Now 
-A Knock On the Door 
-The Best Things In Life Are Free  Per Whitburn, this song reached 10th place in the Rhythm and Blues charts and was listed there for 1 week. 
-Donít Be Sorry  Rejected. A test pressing of this song by IS exists 
23Dec/47-22?Jan/48  Strand, NYC incl. 3 complete New Yearís Eve shows at 8:30, 11:15 & 2:00AM.(1 preview show on 23Dec)-songs:  W/Herbie Fields & His Orch. featuring Joe Gatto, Rudy Caffaro & Carol Kay, Frank Marlowe, Miriam LaVelle. Movie: My Wild Irish Rose. [New York Times, 23 Dec/47; Variety, 31Dec/47 & Billboard, 3Jan/48] 
-Java Jive 
-If You Had To Hurt Someone 
-White Christmas 
-Maybe 
-If I Didn't Care 
29Dec/47  Recording date-song: 
-To Remind Me of You 
 Revised 10Jul/11