The Ink Spots

Cocktail Hour

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Vocal harmony quartet the Ink Spots form a kind of link between the show tune-influenced pop styles of the 1940s, and the street corner, rock & roll-influenced doo wop styles of the 1950s. Lead singer Bill Kenny's impossibly high, quavering tenor and mannered diction take some getting used to, but his singing approach is what made the Ink Spots fly when combined with Hoppy Jones' innovative, and often improvised, bass vocal lines. Their first hit, the ballad "If I Didn't Care," released in 1939, set off an amazing run of nearly 50 charting songs before the original group dissolved in 1952. This double-disc set is all hits, all the time, including "If I Didn't Care," "Don't Get Around Much Anymore," and a wonderful loose romp through "Cow Cow Boogie."

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