Charlie Fuqua (1910 - 1971)

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R&B musician Charles Fuqua was an original member of the the famed vocal group, 'The Ink Spots.' The group formed in Indianapolis, Indiana, in 1935, but they didn't formally group until 1938, and the original members included, Orville 'Hoppy' Jones who died in 1944, 'Ivory 'Deek' Watson who died in 1969, Jerry Franklin Daniels who died in 1995, and Bill Kenny who died in 1978 (who replaced Daniels in 1936 and was part of the second group). Known for helping to pioneer the black-vocal harmony genre, and to help pave the way for other doo-wop artists mainly in the 1950s, the group were signed to a contract with the Decca Record Label in 1939, and released there first single, 'If I Didn't Care,' the same year. Over the next few years the group had plenty of other recordings that were big successes and pop chart toppers including, 'We Three (My Echo, My Shadow, And Me),' 'I'm Making Believe,' 'Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall,' The Gypsy,' and 'To Each His Own,' among many others. In 1943, Fuqua was drafted into the United States Army to serve in World War II, and had to depart from the group. He was replaced by Bernie Mackey (died in 1980), and together the 'new group' appeared in concert at the Stanley Theatre in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In the next few years Jones passed away unexpectedly at the age of 39, and Watson had left the group. by the early 1940s and early 1950s, all the original members were now gone and replaced by other musicians except for Bill Kenny, who kept playing with band right up into the 1960s. Fuqua also continued in music after his stint with 'The Ink Spots' and his service during the War.

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Charlie Fuqua's Timeline

1910
October 20, 1910
1971
December 21, 1971
Age 61