I grew up watching this show. It helped shape my musical tastes into what they are today. A few of my favourite performances from The Word
The Jesus and Mary Chain - Reverence (1992)
Pulp - Lipgloss (1993)
Primal Scream - Movin’ On Up (1991)
The Smashing Pumpkins - Disarm (1993)
Dinosaur Jr. - Start Choppin’ (1993)
Pixies - Allison (1990)
Ride - Leave Them All Behind (1992)
** (not an exhaustive list) →
First appearance: Captain Britain vol. 1 #8 (1976)
Writers: Chris Claremont (creator), Gary Friedrich, Alan Moore, Jamie Delano, Alan Davis, Fabian Nicieza, Scott Lobdell, Ben Raab, Joe Kelly, Matt Fraction, Chris Yost, Mike Carey, Rick Remender, Kieron Gillen, Victor Gischler, Sam Humphries, Brian Wood, Simon Spurrier, Marc Guggenheim, G. Willow Wilson, Cullen Bunn & more.
Artists: Herb Trimpe (creator), Alan Davis, Marc Silvestri, Rick Leonardi, Jim Lee, Andy Kubert, Roger Cruz, Joe Madureira, Chris Bachalo, Salvador Larroca, German Garcia, Leinil Francis Yu, Billy Tan, Paul Pelletier, Clayton Henry, Tom Grummet, Tim Seeley, Greg Land, Terry Dodson, Harvey Tolibao, Clay Mann, Jerome Opeña, Esad Ribic, Mark Brooks, Will Conrad, Greg Tocchini, Jorge Molina, Phil Noto, David Lopez, Ron Garney, Adrian Alphona, Olivier Coipel, Phil Briones, Kris Anka, Rock-He Kim, Daniel Acuña, Todd Nauck, Roland Boschi, Ken Lashley & more.
Costume designers: Alan Davis, Arthur Adams, Jim Lee, Leinil Francis Yu, Salvador Larroca, Tom Grummet, Jerome Opeña, Kris Anka, Rock-He Kim & Greg Land.
Live action/animated adaptations: Kay Tremblay (X-Men: The Animated Series), Mei Melançon (X-Men: The Last Stand), Grey DeLisle (Wolverine and the X-Men) & Olivia Munn (X-Men: Apocalypse).
Current books: Uncanny X-Men (vol. 4) by Cullen Bunn & Greg Land/Ken Lashley; Civil War II: X-Men by Cullen Bunn & Andrea Broccardo.
Here’s something exciting, we’ll soon get a new location and a new game to explore. And of course, a new soundtrack.
Interestingly, this song doesn’t seem to have made much of a dent in the music charts. It appears only as “Up and Coming” among the Decca Records catalog in the February 14, 1948 issue of Billboard.
The composer himself, Russ Morgan, also recorded his composition with Bob Eberly in 1946 with “Matinee” as the B-side. The record was released in 1948 with the Billboard review “Shallow schmaltzy orking [orchestra] may please some Morgan fans.“ and an overall rating of 63 (aka Satisfactory) on March 6, 1948.
The Ink Spots largely have the song to themselves.
Other songs do share the same title, but do not have the same lyrics. The Four Aces recorded an identically titled Brooks Arthur and Alan Lorber composition as the B-side to “Lonely Hill” in 1962. Hank Williams Jr. (not to be confused with his famous father) wrote and recorded another identically titled song for the MGM film A Time to Sing in 1968.
Left to right: Billy “Butterball” Bowen, Harold Francis (seated at piano), Bill Kenny, Herb Kenny, and Charlie Fuqua (with guitar)
The song itself is tinged with a bit of sadness, much like the lyrics. The group’s lineup had changed drastically through the years, but none so much as after Orville “Hoppy” Jones’ death.
Hoppy Jones was the “talking bass” who often repeated the lyrics in a lower voice on many of the songs. The lead tenor, either Bill Kenny or Ivory “Deek” Watson would continue the song until the end to complete the famous “Top & Bottom” format that defined many of their songs.
Jones had suffered from cerebral hemorrhages since June 1944 and collapsed onstage in October. His bass position would be replaced by Cliff Givens and permanently by Bill Kenny’s twin brother, Herb Kenny.
However, in-fighting in the group led to Kenny buying out Deek Watson’s share and kicking him out in 1944. Billy “Butterball” Bowen would become his replacement. Watson would form his own group as The Brown Dots. Only Fuqua remained from the original 1934 group. He too would leave in 1952.
Perhaps as an indication of the decline of traditional pop in favor for rock ‘n roll, the Ink Spots had their last No. 1 hits in 1946, eventually dipping down to Top 25. They would lose ground to doo-wop, a genre they inspired, and rockabilly.
This lineup would last until 1951 and be the last Ink Spots quartet to perform for Decca Records.
In July 1924, eight-year-old Francis McDonnell was playing on his front porch, supervised by his mother who sat nearby. Soon after, McDonnell’s mother noticed a frail, elderly man standing in the middle of his street clenching and unclenching his fists all while muttering to himself. The man soon tipped his hat to her and disappeared. Later that day, the same man was spotted watching Francis and his friends playing. Francis was soon called over, and a neighbor reported him walking into a wooded area with the old man. When Francis missed dinner, his family knew something was up, leading his father to organize a search for the boy. Francis was later found under a pile of branches, his clothes torn and his suspenders having been used to strangle him. The boy was also beaten so badly that policemen believed the killer might have had an accomplice, since they couldn’t believe that a frail old man could have caused that much damage. However, the killer was never caught.
Later, on February 11, 1927, four-year-old Billy Gaffney was playing with his three-year-old neighbor, who was also named Billy, outside of Gaffney’s apartment. A twelve year old neighbor went to join them, but was babysitting his little sister at the time, and when he heard her crying, he rushed back into his apartment to tend to her. When he finally joined them, he noticed that the two boys were missing. Upon telling the younger Billy’s father, a search was carried out, and the three-year-old Billy was found on the roof of the apartment building. When asked what happened to Gaffney, the three-year-old replied with “the boogey man took him.” The police ignored this explanation, and tried to look for Gaffney themselves, to no avail. As a last resort, they asked the three-year-old for a physical description of said “boogey man.” The boy claimed he was a slender old man with a gray mustache and gray hair. Police failed to recognize the correlation between this case and the 1924 McDonnell case. This connection wouldn’t be figured out until years later, when both crimes were connected to infamous serial killer and cannibal Albert Fish, also known as the “Boogey Man.”
Aries: Doris Day, Clyde Barrow, Johann Bach, William Wordsworth, Booker T. Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Maya Angelou, Robert Frost, Leonardo Da Vinci, Raphael, Lucrezia Borgia, Vincent Van Gogh, Rene Descartes, Harry Houdini, Thomas Hobbes, Marlon Brando, Francis Ford Coppola, Wilbur Wright, Billie Holiday, Charlie Chaplin, Giovanni Casanova, The Iceman Killer
Taurus: Queen Elizabeth II, Immanuel Kant, William Shakespeare, Malcolm X, John Muir, Vladimir Lenin, Hirohito, Karl Marx, James Buchanan, Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Pierre Curie, James Monroe, Salvador Dalí, Maria Theresa, Jack Ruby, Napoleon III, Orson Welles, Harry Truman, Florence Nightingale, Saddam Hussein, Charlotte Brontë
Gemini: Jeffrey Dahmer, Wild Bill Hickok, Marquis de Sade, Pauline Cushman, Alexandra Feodorovna, Walt Whitman, Dante, Anne Frank, Clint Eastwood, Igor Sikorsky, Blaise Pascal, Marilyn Monroe, Morgan Freeman, John Ringling, Paul McCartney, Lord Scott Disick, Lana del Rey, David Berkowitz, Pancho Villa, Judy Garland, Arthur Conan Doyle, Morrissey, Helen Bonham Carter
Cancer: Princess Diana, Gustav Klimt, Harrison Ford, Malala Yousfzai, Nikola Tesla, Gregor Mendel, Bob Marley, George Orwell, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Solange Knowles, Robin Williams, Frida Kahlo, Alan Turing, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ron Kovic, Helen Keller, Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway, Nelson Mandela, Anne Lindbergh, John Quincy Adams, Elizabeth Borden
Leo: Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, Andy Warhol, Barack Obama, Louis Armstrong, Virginia Dare, Jackie Kennedy, Amelia Earhart, Patrick Swayze, Francis Scott Key, Bill Clinton, Coco Chanel, Mick Jagger, Henry Ford, Lucille Ball, Orville Wright, Benito Mussolini, Clara Bow, Napoleon, Alfred Hitchcock, Fidel Castro, J.K. Rowling, Elizabeth Bathóry, Black Dahlia, Caylee Anthony
Virgo: Greta Garbo, Stephen King, Michael Jackson, Van Morrison, Elsa Schiaparelli, Jesse Owens, Beyoncé Knowles, Tim Burton, Ivan the Terrible, Louis XVI, Rita Dove, Ed Gein, Sophia Loren, Andrea Bocelli, Leo Tolstoy, Freddie Mercury, Pippa Middleton, Paul Walker, Dale Chihuly, Mother Teresa, Gene Simmons, Milton Hershey, Prince Harry, Queen Elizabeth, Roald Dahl, Jesse James, Agatha Christie, Amy Winehouse
Libra: Ben E. King, John Krasinski, Bonnie Parker, Scott Fitzgerald, Sting, Ray Charles, William Faulkner, Arthur Miller, Etan Patz, Kubali Khan, Alfred Nobel, Molly Pitcher, Jimmy Carter, Daryl Hall, Jonathan Edwards, Dwight Eisenhower, Johnny Appleseed, Kim Kardashian, Oscar Wilde, Margaret Thatcher, Ed Sullivan, Vladimir Putin, Niel Bohr, Bruce Springsteen, Anne Rice, Eleanor Roosevelt, John Lennon, Mahatma Gandhi, Jesse Jackson, Chuck Berry, Confucius
Scorpio: Lorde, Christopher Columbus, Hillary Clinton, Bruce Jenner, Theodore Roosevelt, Erasmus, Edith Head, Joni Mitchell, Lee Krasner, Bill Gates, John Adams, Carl Sagan, Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, Ezra Pound, Charles Manson, Abigail Adams, Leon Trotsky, Jonas Salk
Sagittarius: Jim Morrison, Walt Disney, Mark Twain, Nero, Judd Nelson, Ludwig van Beethoven, Winston Churchill, Jane Fonda, Wassily Kandinsky, Louisa May Alcott, Pope Francis, Bill Nye, Emily Dickinson, Steven Spielberg, Joseph Stalin, Mary Todd Lincoln, C.S. Lincoln, Mary Walker, Jane Austen, Tyra Banks, Ted Bundy, Charles Ringling, Ada Lovelace
Capricorn: Kate Middleton, Paul Revere, Al Capone, Louis Pasteur, Muhammad Ali, J.D. Salinger, Elvis Presley, Alice Paul, Odetta, Richard Nixon, Edgar Allen Poe, Humphrey Bogart, Marlene Dietrich, Alexander Hamilton, Benjamin Franklin, Isaac Newton, Paul Cezanne, Cary Grant, Betty White, Dolly Parton, Janis Joplin, Mao Tse-tung, Marilyn Manson
Aquarius: Franklin D. Roosevelt, Maria von Trapp, Nicolas Sarkozy, Susan B. Anthony, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Edison, Charles Darwin, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Wolfgang Mozart, Rosa Parks, Jackson Pollock, Bessie Coleman, Francis Bacon, Billie Joe Armstrong, Charles Dickens, Thomas Paine, Thomas More, Buzz Aldrin, Eddie Van Halen, Ronald Reagan, Bono, Ellen Degeneres, Paul Newman, Galileo, James Dean
Pisces: Mikhail Gorbachev, Jenna Fischer, Linus Pauling, Dr. Seuss, Chief Joseph, Neville Chamberlain, George Washington, Alexander Graham Bell, Albert Einstein, Marjorie Merriweather, Levi Strauss, Alexander McQueen, Steve Jobs, Jon Bon Jovi, Kurt Cobain, Nicolaus Copernicus, Elizabeth Taylor, Pierre Auguste-Renoir