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 Charles “Charlie” Fuqua

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Charles “Charlie” Fuqua Famous memorial

Birth
Martinsburg, Berkeley County, West Virginia, USA
Death
21 Dec 1971 (aged 61)
West Haven, New Haven County, Connecticut, USA
Burial
Buffalo, Erie County, New York, USA
Plot
Section 14, Lot 1033
Memorial ID
14593563 View Source

R&B Musician. A native of New Haven, Connecticut, he was an original member of the the famed vocal group, 'The Ink Spots.' The group was 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 multi-part 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 Records 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 (WWII) and had to depart from the group. He was replaced by Bernie Mackey (who 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. In 1989, Fuqua was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of The Ink Spots.

R&B Musician. A native of New Haven, Connecticut, he was an original member of the the famed vocal group, 'The Ink Spots.' The group was 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 multi-part 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 Records 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 (WWII) and had to depart from the group. He was replaced by Bernie Mackey (who 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. In 1989, Fuqua was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of The Ink Spots.

Bio by: Kris 'Peterborough K' Peterson

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