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The Ink Spots

The Ink Spots played a large role in pioneering the black vocal group-harmony genre, helping to pave the way for the doo wop explosion of the '50s. The quavering high tenor of Bill Kenny presaged hundreds of street-corner leads to come, and the sweet harmonies of Charlie Fuqua, Deek Watson, and bass Hoppy Jones (who died in 1944) backed him flawlessly.

Kenny's impeccable diction and Jones's deep drawl were both prominent on the Ink Spots' first smash on Decca in 1939, the sentimental "If I Didn't Care." From then through 1951, the group was seldom absent from the pop charts, topping the lists with "We Three (My Echo, My Shadow, and Me)" (1940), "I'm Making Believe" and "Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall" (both in 1944), and "The Gypsy" and "To Each His Own" (both in 1946).

Watson eventually split to form his own group, the Brown Dots, and appeared in numerous low-budget film musicals, while Kenny attempted a solo career, notching a solo hit in 1951 with the uplifting "It Is No Secret." Countless groups masquerading as the Ink Spots have thrived across the nation since the '50s. ~ Bill Dahl
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Greatest Hits

1. Maybe

2. I Don't Want To Set The World On Fire

3. Whispering Grass (Don't Tell The Trees)

4. If I Didn't Care

5. It's A Sin To Tell A Lie

6. When The Swallows Come Back To Capistrano

7. Java Jive

8. I Cover The Waterfront

10. Cow Cow Boogie

11. Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall

12. To Each His Own

13. We Three (My Echo, My Shadow And Me)

14. I'm Making Believe

15. Until The Real Thing Comes Along

16. Don't Get Around Much Anymore

17. My Prayer

18. I Get The Blues When It Rains

19. Stop Pretending

20. Your Feet's Too Big

21. With Plenty Of Money And You

24. Memories Of You

25. Christopher Columbus

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Track List: Life Is Just A Gamble

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Track List: The Way It Used To Be

1. The Way It Used To Be

2. To Each His Own

3. We Three

4. You Were Only Fooling (While I Was Falling In Love)

5. Your Feet's Too Big

6. Ask Anyone Who Knows

7. You're Breaking My Heart

8. Until The Real Thing Comes Along

9. Every Night About This Time

10. I Can't Stand Losing You

11. I Cover The Waterfront

12. I Wish I Could Say The Same

13. I'll Get By (As Long As I Have You)

14. I'm Beginning To See The Light

15. Prisoner Of Love

16. My Prayer

17. That's Where I Came In

18. The Gypsy

19. Sometime

20. That's When Your Heartaches Begin

21. The Sweetest Dream

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Track List: Sincerely Yours

1. Sincerely Yours

2. If

4. I'll Get By

5. Do I Worry

7. Street Of Dreams

8. A Lovely Way To Spend An Evening

9. It's All Over But The Crying

10. I Woke Up With A Teardrop In My Eye

11. My Prayer

12. Someone's Rocking My Dreamboat

13. It Isn't A Dream Anymore

15. Nothin'

16. Sometime

17. Who Wouldn't Love You

18. Melody Of Love

19. Here In My Lonely Room

20. Yesterdays

21. Ebb Tide

22. Planting Rice

23. Flowers, Mister Florist, Please

24. Am I Too Late

25. If You Should Say Goodbye

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Track List: Java Jive

1. Java Jive

2. Whispering Grass

3. Keep Away From My Doorstep

4. Alabama Barbecue

6. That Cat Is High

8. Slap That Bass

9. Christopher Columbus

10. Yes Suh!

11. Your Feet's Too Big

13. Swingin' On The Strings

14. Stompin' At The Savoy

15. With Plenty Of Money And You

16. Let's Call The Whole Thing Off

19. Oh! Red

21. Swing High, Swing Low

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Track List: The Best Of The Ink Spots

1. If I Didn't Care

2. I'll Never Smile Again

3. Java Jive

4. Stop Pretending

5. Maybe

6. Your Feet's Too Big

7. I Don't Want To Set The World On Fire

8. When The Swallows Come Back To Capistrano

9. The Cat Is High

10. Whispering Grass (Don't Tell The Trees)

11. Someone's Rocking My Dreamboat

12. Who Wouldn't Love You

13. Christopher Columbus

14. Do I Worry

15. My Prayer

16. Slap That Bass

18. I'm Getting Sentimental Over You

19. We Three (My Echo, My Shadow And Me)

20. Bless You

22. It´s A Sin To Tell A Lie

27. Street Of Dreams

33. I´ll Get By

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Track List: 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: Best Of The Ink Spots

1. If I Didn't Care (Single Version)

2. My Prayer (Single Version)

3. Java Jive (Single Version)

4. I Don't Want To Set The World On Fire (Single Version)

5. Don't Get Around Much Anymore (Single Version)

6. I'll Get By (As Long As I Have You) (Single Version)

7. I'm Making Believe (Feat. Ella Fitzgerald)

8. Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall (Feat. Ella Fitzgerald)

9. The Gypsy (Single Version)

10. I'm Beginning To See The Light (Feat. Ella Fitzgerald)

11. Prisoner Of Love (Single Version)

12. To Each His Own (Single Version)

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Track List: My Prayer

1. I'm Beginning To See The Light

3. I'm Making Believe

4. If I Didn't Care

5. If

6. It's Funny To Everyone But Me

7. Java Jive

8. Just For A Thrill

9. Maybe

10. Memories Of You

11. My Greatest Mistake

12. My Prayer

13. Prisoner Of Love

14. Ring, Telephone, Ring

15. Someone's Rocking My Dreamboat

16. Sometime

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Track List: The Ultimate Collection - 70 Unforgettable Tracks

1. Cow Cow Boogie

2. I Don't Want To Set The World On Fire

3. I'm Getting Sentimental Over You

4. My Prayer

5. Prisoner Of Love

6. Stompin' At The Savoy

7. To Each His Own

8. With Plenty Of Money And You

9. Yes Suh

10. Maybe

11. Memories Of You

12. Say Something Sweet To Your Sweetheart

14. You Can't See The Sun When You're Crying

15. Swing High, Swing Low

16. If I Didn't Care

17. When The Swallows Come Back To Capistrano

18. Address Unknown

19. Always

20. I'll Never Smile Again

24. I'll Get By

25. Christopher Columbus

26. Do I Worry

28. Ev'ry Night About This Time

29. The Gipsy

30. I'm Beginning To See The Light

32. Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall

33. Java Jive

35. Keep Away From My Doorstep

37. Your Feet's Too Big

38. A Lovely Way To Spend An Evening

39. I Cover The Waterfront

40. Coquette

41. My Greatest Mistake

42. Oh! Red

43. I'm Making Believe

47. Sometime

48. You Were Only Fooling (While I Was Falling In Love)

50. Street Of Dreams

51. Until The Real Thing Comes Along

52. We'll Meet Again

53. We Three (My Echo, My Shadow & Me)

54. Bless You

55. Don't Get Around Much Anymore

57. Ask Anyone Who Knows

58. If

59. It's A Sin To Tell A Lie

60. Let's Call The Whole Thing Off

61. When You Come To The End Of The Day

65. Stop Pretending

66. That Cat Is High

68. Just For The Thrill

69. Slap That Bass

70. You're Breaking My Heart

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Track List: Anthology

Disc 1

1. Your Feet's Too Big

2. I Wish You The Best Of Everything

3. If I Didn't Care

4. Just For A Thrill

5. It's Funny To Everyone But Me

6. Address Unknown

7. My Prayer

8. Memories Of You

9. I'm Gettin' Sentimental Over You

10. Bless You

11. When The Swallows Come Back To Capistrano

12. Whispering Grass (Don't Tell The Trees)

13. Maybe

14. We Three

15. Java Jive

16. I'll Never Smile Again

17. Do I Worry?

18. My Greatest Mistake

19. Ring, Telephone, Ring

20. I Can't Stand Losing You

21. That's When Your Heartaches Begin

22. I Wish I Could Say The Same

23. I'd Climb The Highest Mountain

24. We'll Meet Again

Disc 2

1. (It Will Have To Do) Until The Real Thing Comes Along

2. I Don't Want To Set The World On Fire

3. Someone's Rocking My Dreamboat

4. Don't Tell A Lie About Me, Dear (And I Won't Tell The Truth About You)

5. Who Wouldn't Love You?

6. Ev'ry Night About This Time

7. Street Of Dreams

8. Don't Get Around Much Anymore

9. I'll Get By (As Long As I Have You)

10. I'm Making Believe (feat. Ella Fitzgerald)

11. I'm Beginning To See The Light (feat. Ella Fitzgerald)

12. The Sweetest Dream

13. The Gypsy

14. Prisoner Of Love

15. I Cover The Waterfront

16. I Get The Blues When It Rains

17. To Each His Own

18. That's Where I Came In

19. Ask Anyone Who Knows

20. You Were Only Fooling (While I Was Falling In Love)

21. You're Breaking My Heart

22. Sometime

23. The Way It Used To Be

24. If

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Track List: 18 Greatest Hits

1. Melody Of Love

2. Ebb Tide

3. Flowers Mr. Florist Please

4. Don't Laugh At Me

5. Am I Too Late

6. Somebody's Rocking My Dreamboat

7. Keep It Moving

8. I'd Walk A Country Mile

9. Planting Rice

10. Stranger In Paradise

11. Changing Partners

12. Yesterdays

13. If You Should Say Goodbye

14. When You Come To The End Of The Day

15. Here In My Lonely Room

16. Command Me

17. There Is Something Missing

18. Doing

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Track List: Whispering Grass

1. Whispering Grass

2. We Three (My Echo, My Shadow And Me)

3. My Prayer

4. Bless You

5. To Each His Own

6. Coquette

7. If I Didn't Care

8. Address Unknown

9. Until The Real Thing Comes Along

10. I'm Beginning To See The Light

11. Ev'ry Night About This Time

12. A Lovely Way To Spend An Evening

13. I Don't Want To Set The World On Fire

15. Dream A While

17. We'll Meet Again

18. I'll Never Smile Again

19. Don't Get Around Much Anymore

20. Cow Cow Boogie

21. Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall

22. When The Swallows Come Back To Capistrano

x

Track List: If I Didn't Care

1. Stompin' At The Savoy

3. Bless You

4. Stop Pretending

5. When The Swallows Come Back To Capistrano

6. My Prayer

7. Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall

8. Whispering Grass (Don't Tell The Trees)

10. We Three (My Echo, My Shadow And Me)

11. I'm Getting Sentimental Over You

12. Java Jive

13. With Plenty Of Money And You

14. Do I Worry

15. Someone's Rocking My Dreamboat

16. I'll Never Smile Again

17. Maybe

18. If I Didn't Care

19. I Don't Want To Set The World On Fire

20. Swing High, Swing Low

21. Until The Real Thing Comes Along

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erdm14811
Did anyone see the face on the explosion??
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This sounds like something from bioshock
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Opening theme for The Shawshank Redemption.. . . . C L A S S I C ! ! ! ! !
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Ah the original fallout opening.
Greetings from vault 13 ����
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The Sanskrit six middle for the singing
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Omg this music is so good I can sleep with it
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nkpdispr
I saw the group perform at the Chicago theater in 1949
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Vault 111 is the best !!
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Thanks to fallout 4 now I love the ink spots!!
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So relaxing, nice to sit back n spark a nice fatty......s h o u t out to fallout for introducing me to this kind of music
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i s2g, these guys start every single song with the same riff (the same from I Don't Want to Set the World on Fire)... i love 'em, but come on xD
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Real good bourbon and cigar music
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Loved when they were inducted into R&R HOF.
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I came across the Spots thanks to Fallout games, like them very much.
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Into each life some rain must fall, the first song I hear exiting vault 111 ;~;
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War. War never changes.
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I love the way the sound "crackles" like it's being played on a Victrola worth a bad needle. Lol.
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I actually found a couple of their CDs and I listen to them with my 92-year old father. Nothing is cooler than that!
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Ahhhhh fallout 3
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Anyone else have them on a record player
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I love the ink spots, although.... Its the same beginning ive noticed. and right in the middle of song they have Hoppy come on, to repeat the same lyrics....
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There's nothing better than sipping a good Bourbon and listening to the InkSpots...
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Great group love the oldies
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They were so in - hot- in the mid forties. All the teen agers at swimming pool jute boxes were listening to them So was I at about ten. Never have heard a group top them.
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Can't we just enjoy the music without bragging your age? Not that it matters, but it seems like a juvenile thing to do. My point, say something cool about the music or add something of value, but quit trying to label yourself with this, it ain't you.
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Fallout introduced me to this music, I just felt that it connected to me. By the way I'm only 16 if any of you were wondering.
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wilivy1
Yep. Fallouts the thing
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Greetings from vault 87
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this was made before the fallout games came out
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Lol fallout
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War, war never changes
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Fallout 4 brought me here
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The correct title is in fact cow cow boogie
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The cowboy song they did with a very young Ella Fitzgerald is sooooo good
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Everyone starts the same way it's so nostalgic from my childhood I'm 18 and this is my party jam
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I dooon't waaan't too set the woooooorld ooooon fiiirree...
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chandlerlamb
Love ink spots how about you??????
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I haven't heard "I don't want to set the world on fire". For a freaking long time!! Oh how I've missed you so, Ink Spots! (Tears of joy)
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mauriesmith
have not heard this group fof 50years fantastic maurie
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ty.rabenstin e
Hey from vault 81! This is my favorute track for killing radroaches to����
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Fallout
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My fallout song����
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these guys are the very best.....fan t a s t i c harmonizing No one else sounds even close to these gentleman.
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It's sad that most comments are people acknowledgin g from a video game. Don't get me wrong thank you to the game. But where that class at. I learned this music from my grandfather and great.
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i seriusly wish there was a like action for all these awesome comments, love me some fallout
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Wearing my pip-boy, playing some ink spots ��
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With the world poised on the brink of war, Vault Tec is reporting a record numb....folk s it seems...we got some breaking news, stand by...we seem to have lost contact with our affiliate stations, stand by...we, we can have...(civi l alert sirens) we do have coming in, confirmed reports of nuclear detonations.
My god, our soldiers were right...war, war never changes.
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sniper2220
Thank you Fallout for introducing me to the Ink Spots! So relaxing to listen to after a long day while smoking a pipe =D
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but seriously pandora where i dont wanna set the world on fire
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