Feb 25, 2010 - Sale 2204

Sale 2204 - Lot 324

Price Realized: $ 2,640
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 2,500 - $ 3,500
THE "INK SPOTS" (MUSIC.) FUQUA, CHARLIE. Large archive of material relative to the Ink Spots. 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. Over a thousand pieces. should be seen. Vp, 1930s-1960s

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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. The Ink Spots were a popular African- American vocal group that helped define the musical genre that led to rhythm & 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.