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The World Famous Ink Spots

The World Famous Ink Spots
Recordings by the Ink Spots have been featured in the popular Fallout video game franchise. Their recording of "Maybe" was used as the opening theme of Fallout (1997), as well as in the epilogue. It was also played on the in-game radio station Galaxy News Radio in Fallout 3 (2008), alongside their recordings of "I Don't Want to Set the World on Fire" and "Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall". "I Don't Want to Set the World on Fire" also features in both the game's trailer and its opening cinematic. The song "It's a Sin to Tell a Lie" (Bill Kenny's solo, not original recording from 1941) is played on the in-game radio station Radio New Vegas in the 2010 video game Fallout: New Vegas. In 2015, the group was once again featured in the Fallout franchise, with their recording of the Russ Morgan and Seger Ellis ballad "It's All Over But the Crying" being used in the trailer for Fallout 4; that song is also played on the in-game radio station Diamond City Radio, alongside "I Don't Want to Set the World on Fire", "Maybe", and "Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall". The same songs appear in Fallout 76 alongside "We Three (My Echo, My Shadow and Me)".

BioShock and BioShock 2 have also made use of the group's recordings: "If I Didn't Care" and "The Best Things in Life Are Free" in the former, and "We Three (My Echo, My Shadow and Me)", "I'm Making Believe" and "Memories of You" in the latter. Still others were included in Mafia II and on the in-game radio stations in L.A. Noire.

One of the first African-American vocal groups to gain worldwide fame, the original Ink Spots were formed in the early 1930′s by Orville Hoppy Jones, Ivory Deek Watson, Jerry Daniels and Charlie Fuqua. Their iconic sound would define the musical genre that created rhythm & blues, doo-wap and rock and roll.

If I Didn′t Care, their first hit record, was released by Decca in 1939. Many of their recordings topped the early U. S. pop charts, including The Gypsy, which was #1 for 13 weeks.

Over the years, members of the Ink Spots changed due to the draft, illness, death and, unfortunately, business and personal disputes. However, their contribution to American music and pop culture has lived on with the soundtracks of such box office hits as The Aviator, Radio Days and The Shawshank Redemption, plus numerous television shows, including The Muppet Show, The Simpsons, The Walking Dead and Better Call Saul. Ink Spots recordings have been featured in the video game franchise Fallout, including their 1941 hit, I Don't Want To Set The World On Fire.

In 1986, Lou Ragland, Cleveland-born singer, guitarist and songwriter, became the guitarist and baritone vocalist in George Holmes' World Famous Ink Spots, organized by original Ink Spot Deek Watson and featuring original Ink Spot guitarist Charlie Fuqua. Today, Lou Ragland is the leader of The World Famous Ink Spots, the third generation of the iconic vocal group, and is keeping the music and the memories alive along with Fleury Bursey and Eddie Coco Stancil.

From showrooms on The Las Vegas Strip to venues worldwide, the music of one of America’s most popular vocal groups ever continues to attract old and new fans alike. Today, their performances feature not only the legendary hits of the original Ink Spots, but also legendary rock & roll hits performed in classic Ink Spots style. The faces and the names have changed, but the music and the memories remain.
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