Original Ink Spots
Founding members (1935): Orville Jones (bass), Deek Watson (tenor), Jerry Daniels (tenor) and Charlie Fuqua (baritone).
1936: Jerry Daniels is replaced by tenor Bill Kenny
1943: Charlie Fuqua is replaced by baritone Bernie Mackey
1943: Deek Watson replaced by tenor Billy Bowen
1945: baritone Huey Long briefly replaces Mackey before Charlie Fuqua returns in October 1945
1945: Orville "Hoppy" Jones replaced by bass singer Herb Kenny, Bill Kenny's twin brother
1951: Herb Kenny replaced by bass singer Adriel McDonald
1952: Charlie Fuqua replaced by R&B guitarist Everett Barksdale
In 1952 Charlie Fuqua left the group and formed his own vocal group also called "The Ink Spots," claiming his was the "original" group
1946 Cashbox award for making "The Gypsy" the biggest money making song of the year.
1948 awarded with a plaque from the Negro Actors Guild for the efforts in "breaking down the walls of racial prejudice".
1989, the Ink Spots were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as influences; they were listed as Bill Kenny, Charlie Fuqua, Deek Watson, and Hoppy Jones.
1989, the Ink Spots 1939 recording of "If I Didn't Care" was inducted in to the Grammy Hall of Fame
1999, the Ink Spots group was inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame.