The Ink Spots

The Ink Spots in The Great American Broadcast

The Ink Spots in the 1941 movie, The Great American Broadcast.

Biography

This pinnacle musical group arose during the war years era oddly enough outside of a Stutz Automobile Factory. It would be detremental to this website if I did not mention this group as they were especially prominent in this era. The Ink Spots had a distinct 'sound' that they utilized effectively in their music. The typical sound is the first verse, the chorus, the second verse, and then the bass vocalist repeated the chorus usually in a slang tone or read slowly. The introduction to most of their music began with the simple rise and fall of the chords to reveal the chorus. They did not see success until 1939 with the introduction of their new vocalist, Bill Kenny, who expeditated their rise to fame with the hit song in the same year, "If I Didn't Care". During the war, the group had their musical foot in the door with their hit 1943 song, "Don't get Around Much Anymore". It showed the listeners of the time a real-life explanation to what happens in break ups and relationships. While troops overseas listened to this popular tune, it stirred a feeling of regret to meet ‘that special girl’ and get married although many did marry shortly before being shipped out to action in order to get certain benefits and rights. Many did so also to secure their so called ‘stake’ in the woman so she would not run around with other men while he was off fighting. The group was ever so popular that even Glenn Miller had parodied one of their songs inside his own creation in 1942, "Jukebox Saturday Night", which tells about good times on Saturday listening to the popular hits of the day. This shows us also that the Ink Spots were widely loved and filled every jukebox around.

The Music

In the midst of the group's succes, they release this stunning tune in 1940. This song clearly displays their similar tempo and introduction to the song that the group used for almost all of their music.