COMPONENTS: Over a thousand pieces: correspondence, promotional pieces, flyers, photographs (some signed by Ella Fitzgerald and Pearl Bailey), original manuscript and printed music, including arrangements, a 78 RPM "acetate" test pressing and a reel of magnetic tape with four songs.
ITEM ID: 495

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Archive of “Ink Spots” Band Memorabilia

DATE
Decade: 1930s
Century: 20th (1901-2000)
Notes: 1930-1960

An enormous collection of material belonging to Charlie Fuqua (1910 – 1971) the original baritone voice, and guitar player for the Ink Spots, spanning several decades. Includes correspondence, promotional pieces, flyers, photographs (including ones signed by Ella Fitzgerald and Pearl Bailey), original manuscript and printed music, including arrangements, a 78 RPM “acetate” test pressing and a reel of magnetic tape with four songs. The Ink Spots were a popular African-American vocal group that helped define the musical genre that led to rhythm and blues, rock and roll, and the sub-genre doo-wop. They and the Mills Brothers, another black vocal group of the 1930s and 1940s, were among the first to gain wide popularity with white audiences as well as black. Fuqua was drafted in 1944 and was replaced by Bernie Mackey. Discharged in 1945, Fuqua returned to the group. Over the years, the Ink Spots underwent a number of personnel changes, with some later members splitting off and forming other groups, including a couple that called themselves the “Ink Spots.” In 1952, Fuqua re-formed his own Ink Spots. To do this, he recruited old members Deek Watson, Jimmy Holmes and Harold Jackson. This group toured extensively both here in the United States and abroad.