Over The Ink Spots
The Ink Spots formed in Indianapolis in the early 1930s with members Jerry Daniels (a tenor who was replaced by the most famous member, Bill Kenny, in early 1936), baritone Charlie Fuqua, second tenor Ivory "Deek" Watson, and bass Orville "Hoppy" Jones. After a series of unsuccessful recordings for Victor Records and Decca Records, they had their first smash hit with "If I Didn't Care", on Decca in 1939. They released such other Decca singles as "When The Swallows Come Back To Capistrano" (1940), "Whispering Grass" (1940), "Do I Worry" (1940), "Java Jive" (1940), "Shout, Brother, Shout" (1942), "Cow-Cow Boogie" (1944 - with Ella Fitzgerald) "I'm Making Believe" (1944 - with Ella Fitzgerald) and "The Gypsy" (1946 - their biggest hit). The lead vocalist on the video "My Favorite Holiday" (1982), Jim Nabbie, replaced Bill Kenny in 1945. Jim Nabbie passed away in 1992. The group was inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1999. The Ink Spots were even inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.