The Chanters

Genres: Doo Wop
Descriptive "tags": doo wop oldies 50s rock and roll new york all Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1950s 1990s
Links online: Allmusic

Biography

An R&B vocal group from the Queens Borough of New York City, New York, USA, the Chanters, formed in 1957, were one of the best of the many groups who patterned their pre-teen lead sound after Frankie Lymon And The Teenagers. The members were Larry Pendergrass (lead), Fred Paige (tenor), Bud Johnson, Jnr. (tenor), Elliot Green (baritone) and Bobby Thompson (bass). Johnson’s father, saxophonist and long-time band leader Budd Johnson, used his ensemble to back the Chanters and he wrote the arrangements for all the sessions. The group, with little success, recorded an excellent body of tunes, notably ‘My My Darling’ and ‘Five Little Kisses’, before achieving their one hit, ‘No, No, No’. However, even ‘No, No, No’ (recorded in 1958) did not reach the charts until it was re-released in 1961 (number 9 R&B, number 41 pop) - a re-release stimulated by the neo-doo-wop resurgence on the east coast in the early 60s. However,...

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