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On the heels of the Mills Brothers’ success came the Ink Spots. Lead by the tenor Bill Kenny, the lofty refrains of the Ink Spots produced a Top Ten song with “If I Didn’t Care.” To date it has sold over 19 million copies, making it the tenth best-selling physical single of all time. No Beatles single outsold it and only one Elvis single did. Groups like the Beach Boys drew heavily on the tight vocal harmonies, as did the Four Seasons. Since country & western had its own styling of integrated harmonies you could perhaps argue that groups like the Eagles borrowed from doo wop. Even Billy Joel paid homage to the genre in the 80s with hits like “Uptown Girl” and “The Longest Time.”

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