THE INK SPOTS (ORIGINAL GROUP)
A poster offered for sale on Ebay in August, 2010 provides proof
of an Ink Spots performance in Northfield, Vermont on 3May/40 at the
Armory, Norwich University as part of their Junior Week festivities.
This is the 39th state where we have proof that the Ink Spots performed.
They also performed in Washington, DC many times.
(We also have a note from the Pittsburgh Courier of 15Apr/50
that they performed in Idaho as part of a tour but we have never found
proof of a performance anywhere in that state. Any help in tracking
down this performance, if it took place, would be appreciated.)
- Over ten years ago, we found a Decca/Fonit 1948 catalogue that
listed two Ink Spots records that were manufactured in Italy and issued
with the Fonit label. Now, in Feb/2010, a Fonit record with two different
songs has finally been found-Fonit 1181A&B, Prisoner of Love
and I Cover the Waterfront. 78
- Huey Long, the last original Ink spot, died on June 10, 2009 at the
age of 105! His daughter, Anita, who looked after Huey, runs an Ink Spots
Museum in Houston ( www.inkspotsmuseum.com ) at 117 East 20th Street, Houston
TX 77008, 713-677-9736.
- Indstrias Eletricas E Musicais Fabrica Odeon S.A. in Rio de Janeiro,
Brazil pressed Ink Spots records using the Odeon label-see 78
- Nippon Phonograph Company of Japan pressed Ink Spots records using
the Columbia label-see 78 rpm
- Industrias Electricas y Musicales Odeon, Buenos Aires pressed Ink
Spots records using both Decca and Odeon labels in Argentina-see 78
- Bill Proctor has just completed work on an incredible Bill Kenny anthology
that spans 12 CDs in 3 four cd packs. It includes everything known of Bills
solo work including radio/TV songs and interviews, recorded singles, night
club remotes, all known war time recording by Bill and by Ink Spots groups
that featured Bill and much, much more. This is obviously a labor of love
with many hours spent cleaning up old broadcasts and private remotes. It
is only available privately by contacting Bill
Proctor. Bills other Ink Spots related cds continue to be available
also directly from him:
- Ink-Spotlight On Lord Essex Scott
Ink-Spotlight On Herb Kenny
Ink-Spotlight On Lloyd Washington
Ink-Spotlight On Bernie Mackey
The Legendary Huey Long
Orlando Roberson - The Forgotten Ink Spot
- A 19JUL/06 interview with Henry Braswell, a member of the last original
Ink Spots group provided interesting, new information about this last group
that included Bill Kenny. He first performed as an Ink Spot at the Cave
Supper Club in Vancouver, BC, 2-17Apr/54 when the members were Bill Kenny,
Adriel McDonald (bass voice), Jimmy Cannady (baritone & guitar), Henry
Braswell (second tenor) and Fletcher Smith (pianist). Other appearances
on this tour included Springfield IL, Ottawa ON, Halifax NS and a State
Fair in Connecticut. His final appearance (Bill Kenny told the other members
he was stopping the Ink Spots and sent them home after this appearance)
was at the Bolero Bar, Wildwood, NJ for the week 8-14July/54. Bill Kenny
began solo appearances at the Copa in NYC in early November of 1954.
- "Ink Spots quartet origins in Indiana," Black History
News & Notes, Indiana Historical Society, Number 95, February 2004,
pp 5-7 by Jack Hanna. Discusses what is known and unknown about the pre-Ink
Spots groups that included original Ink Spots members.
- Also issued some time ago, a wonderful CD of Ink Spots songs
that, in the main, have never been available to any but the most serious
collectors of Ink Spots music. It's called RARE AIR: The INK SPOTS
along with special guests. Great liner notes by Bill "Porkchop" Proctor.
This is a CD that all true Ink Spots fans must have. It includes
25 songs including many you've never heard before from radio and movies.
Songs you have probably never heard the Ink Spots sing include: Swing,
Mr. Charlie included as part of a "Chick Webb's Society for the Preservation
of Good Times" radio program, Lamplighter Serenade, I've Got A Bone
to Pick With You, Shoo Shoo Baby, Do Nothing 'Till You Hear From Me,
Don't Sweetheart Me, Put Your Arms Around Me Honey, How Many Hearts
Have You Broken and Time Waits For No One. For those who must have
the old standards, there are slightly different versions of If I Didn't
Care, Maybe, Do I Worry, Java Jive and Someone's Rocking My Dreamboat.
Other great songs as well for a total of 25!! Get this one. It is
available from Flyright, #FLY CD 67, Interstate Music Ltd., England.
Order from your local store or go to Amazon.com
- Although Marv Goldberg's book, More Than Words Can Say: The Ink
Spots and Their Music has been out for some time, this book is a
must. More insights and information than previously available in book format.
The initial production run was likely small and the publisher distributes
to libraries and schools so you won't find it at your bookstore. To ensure
getting a copy contact amazon.com on the web or the publisher at: Scarecrow
Press, Inc., 4720 Boston Way, Lanham, Maryland 20706, phone: (800) 462-6420