The World Famous Ink Spots will perform a concert on Saturday, Feb. 18, at the West Las Vegas Library Theatre, located at 951 W. Lake Mead Blvd. Admission is free and open to the public. Sponsored by the city of Las Vegas and the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District, West Las Vegas Library, the concert will begin at 2 p.m. Parking and seating are limited. Open seating will begin at 1:30 p.m. For more information, call the West Las Vegas Arts Center at (702) 229-4800 or the theatre at (702) 507-3989.
The World Famous Ink Spots will sing the tunes made famous by the original Ink Spots group – "If I Didn't Care," "Do I Worry?," "Java Jive," "I Don't Want To Set the World on Fire" and "We Three" – as well as their own latest release, "Which Ever Way the Wind Blows." The faces may be different, but the sound remains the same.
Carrying on the Ink Spots sound was the desire of Deek Watson, one of the original members of the Ink Spots. Just before his death, Watson asked George Holmes, his bass player and vocalist, to do just that. Holmes formed his own group, calling it "The George Holmes Ink Spots." Holmes also wanted the sounds of the Ink Spots to continue, so before his death in October 1993, his guitarist and vocalist, Lou Ragland, promised him that he, too, would carry on the sound and tradition as The World Famous Ink Spots. Ragland searched long and wide for just the right voices that would blend as the great sound of the Ink Spots. After several years of searching, he finally found the voices he needed to carry on for the original great guys.
These are the members of The World Famous Ink Spots today:
- Lou Ragland - lead singer, tenor to baritone.
- Eddie Coco - lead singer, second tenor, baritone and bass.
- Fareed Braxton - second tenor and baritone.
- Flery Bursey - lead singer, bass, arranger and conductor.