The Chanteers

Approximate Years Active 1955-66
Hometown West Palm Beach
Members and Lineups John “J.P.” Robinson: Tenor, Lead
Joseph Eddie Fisher Jr.: Bass
Berdell Macon: Baritone
Charles Lavon Kinsey: Tenor
Gregory Riley Eagle: Baritone
Kenneth Anderson
Venues Played Riviera Civic Center 12-28-1959 Chanteers / The Rythym Rockers National Guard Armory, 1-15-1960 Chanteers / Appollos Skateland, W.P.B., March of Dimes Benefit, The Chanteers and 12 other bands. 1-18-62 Tony Glenn’s “Lets Dance” TV Show on Channel 5, 6-14-1962 Kandy Bar, 9-5-1963 The Chanteers / The Rythymn Rockers Kandy Bar, 8-10-66 The Chanteers “Mercury Recording Artists” (ad) Lake Worth High School, “Biggest Custom Car Show Ever!” Benefit for Lantana Lions Club. The Chanteers, The R-Dells, 6-13-1982 The Chanteers played other local clubs, and also appeared at numerous clubs in the Miami area.
Original Songs “The Beatmobile” by Gregory R. Eagle
Recordings 1962 – “She’s coming Home” (Emil J. Anton, Gwynn Elias) “Mr. Zebra” (Gwynn Elias) Mercury Records #71979
1962 – “I Waited” / “Just a Little Boy” Mercury Records #72037
Johnny Lyles Junior, of The Coasters, recorded “Season For Love” and “Mommy and Daddy’s Doin’ the Latest Dance” with backing from The Chanteers.
Comments, Highlights, Stories Formed at Roosevelt High School in the fifties, the group was discovered by Park Director Mary Wilson, and appeared in a park talent show. They made a number of Saturday morning appearances on a local radio show, and then joined with manager Preston Tillman in the American Woodmen Fraternal Association, a fraternal benefit society. The Chanteers traveled with American Woodmen Chapter 39 to Denver Colorado, and performed on Aug. 5 1958. They also played in Ft. Worth, Mobile, Tallahassee, and more. J.P. Robinson was later signed to Henry Stone’s “Alston” label and released seven singles, from 1968 to 1971. In 1973, he released a single on Atlantic Records called “The Price”. ( The P.B. Post, 11-23-1969, had an excellent interview with Joe Fisher, former bass singer of the The Chanteers, then Program Director for WRBD, ”Rockin’ Big Daddy Soul Station”, in Pompano Beach.