Their first record, the bona fide rocker "My, My Darling," languished, as did subsequent singles: "Row Your Boat," "Five Little Kisses," and "No, No, No" (as Bud Johnson & the Chanters), all released in 1958. They left Deluxe to record "For Sentimental Reasons" as the Voices Five on Craft Records in 1959, their last time in the studio, but not their last release. In 1961, Deluxe reissued "No, No, No" a second time, and this time backed it with bucks; it became the Chanters first chart record at number 41 pop, and number nine R&B. Though Deluxe released two more Chanters singles, the group had disbanded and never benefited from their hit record.
The guys splintered in many directions. Life was good for Bud Johnson, Jr. for awhile: he married, had kids, and worked as a computer programmer. But drugs caused him to lose it all, and home became Queens, NY's notorious LaFrak City Apartments. (His son is Albert Johnson, aka Prodigy, half of the rap duo Mobb Deep.) Alas, Johnson, Jr. never kicked his addiction and died in 1996 from AIDS. ~ Andrew Hamilton, Rovi