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The Ink Spots

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  • Year:
    1989
  • Inducted by:
    Bobby McFerrin
  • Category:
    Early Influences

Hall of Fame Essay

1989

Dan Nooger

One of the year’s most heralded events in record collecting fandom was the discovery of the legendary first acetate recordings, made in 1953, by the very first inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Elvis Presley. 

The songs, “My Happiness” and “That's When Your Heartaches Begin,” were both popularized earlier by the Ink  Spots. The Presley sides offer proof of the Ink Spots’ profound influence on rock & roll. They are, to this day, considered the forerunners of R&B-group singing style.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Program 1989
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