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The Chantels


Among the very first gal groupings, the Chantels are best-known because of their 1957 strike “Maybe.” Between 1957 and 1963, the trio racked up several strike singles, but non-e of them had been ever as well-known as “Probably,” which had become regarded as among the definitive singles from the genre. All five associates from the Chantels — Arlene Smith, Lois Harris, Sonia Goring, Jackie Landry, and Rene Minus — fulfilled as children, if they sang within the choir of Saint Anthony of Padua, a Bronx-area college. Arlene Smith was the first choice from the quintet. Smith had written all the group’s early materials and she was the main one who convinced another women — whose age group ranged between 14 and 17 at that time — to audition for Richard Barrett, an archive producer and an associate from the doo wop group the Valentines. Barrett authorized the music group to End Information and created the Chantels’ 1st solitary, a Smith music called “He’s Eliminated.” Released in the summertime of 1957, the solitary peaked at quantity 71. Nevertheless, the group’s second solitary — another Smith structure called “Probably” — was a smash strike, peaking at number 2 for the R&B graphs and quantity 15 for the pop graphs in early 1958. “Probably” sold even more copies than its graph placement suggests; the sole was pirated by other little record brands and none of these sales had been tallied for the ultimate chart placement. For another yr, the Chantels attempted in vain to provide a follow-up as effective as “Probably.” Two strike singles — “EVERY EVENING (I Pray)” and “I REALLY LIKE You Therefore” — implemented on End Information, however the label fell them following a handful of various other records didn’t make a direct effect. Around that point, Smith still left the group to pursue a single profession and Harris acquired still left the group. The Chantels changed Smith with vocalist Annette Smith (no relationship) and continuing being a quartet. In the summertime of 1959, the group backed Richard Barrett on his one, “Summer’s Like,” which peaked at amount 29 over the R&B graphs. In 1961, the Chantels agreed upon with Carlton Information, where that they had two minimal pop strikes: “Try My Eye” and “Well, I Told You.” Carlton fell the group the next year as well as the music group transferred to Ludix, where that they had a minor strike with “Eternally” within the springtime of 1963. The Chantels continuing performing before end from the 10 years; they officially disbanded in 1970. A couple of years afterwards, Arlene Smith re-formed the Chantels, recruiting four brand-new associates; the other primary associates all retired in the entertainment business. Smith continuing to lead several incarnations from the Chantels in to the ’90s. When she wasn’t touring the oldies circuit using the Chantels, Smith worked well like a schoolteacher.

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Full Name The Chantels
Awards Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer Award
Music Songs Maybe, Look in My Eyes, He's Gone, The Plea, Sure of Love, Well, I Told You, Every Night, Summer's Love, Prayee, How Could You Call It Off?, Whoever You Are, I Can't Take It, I Love You So, Goodbye to Love, Come My Little Baby, Never Let Go, I'll Walk Alone, So Real, There's Our Song Again, Glad to Be Back, I've Lied, Come Softly to Me, All Is Forgiven, Indian Giver, Believe Me, Here It Comes Again, I Love You SoThe Chantels, My Memories of You, I'm Confessin', I'm the Girl, Eternally, Ific
Albums The Chantels, The Essential Work of, In The Wild West, Every Night, The Greatest Hits Collection, The Best of the Chantels, We Are the Chantels / There's Our Song Again, There's Our Song Again, Maybe: Their Greatest Recordings, If You Try, Gold Masters: The Chantels, Vol. 1, The Chantels Top Twenty, At An Earlier Time, The Best Of Christmas Holidays (Fantastic Relaxing Songs), Open Stage, Singing' to the Moonlight, A Bouquet Of Hits, All Night in Music, Anytime in My Mind, Black Or White, Extravagant, In That Golden Summer Time, I Love You So, Maybe, Hide Away, Goodbye to Love, Blue Haze, Be With Me, Here It Comes Again, Meet And Greet On Broadway, Thing, The Immortal Pop Masters, The Ultimate Chantels, Talkative Friend, All Over The World, Last Tower's Bell, Wonderful Soundtrack, Essential Selection (Remastered), Greatest Hits, C'est Si Bon and More Hits from the Chantels, Gaudy Colours, The Chantels & Friends, Come My Little Baby, Express Yourself, Glad to Be Back, Long Play, Expensive Bling, The Classic Years, Acquaintance, All Day Lazing, He's Gone

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1 Member Jackie Landry Jackson died of cancer on December 23, 1997, at age 56.
2 Members have included Arlene Smith, Sonia Goring, Rene Minus, Jackie Landry Jackson, Lois Harris, Annette Smith, Carol Douglas, Noemi Ortiz.



Her 2013 performer: "Sure of Love"
A New York Heartbeat 2013 performer: "Maybe"
Mafia II 2010 Video Game performer: "MAYBE"
The 4400 2007 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Mafia! 1998 performer: "Look In My Eyes"
Goodfellas 1990 performer: "Look in My Eyes"
Look Who's Talking 1989 performer: "I Love You So"
Satisfaction 1988 performer: "Maybe"
Girl Groups: The Story of a Sound 1983 TV Movie documentary performer: "Maybe"
Mean Streets 1973 as The Chantells, "I LOVE YOU SO"
Mondo Trasho 1969 performer: "Goodbye to Love", "Maybe"
I Call First 1967 performer: "The Plea" - uncredited
The Dick Clark Show 1958 TV Series performer - 1 episode



My Music: Rock, Pop & Doo Wop 2011 TV Special Themselves
Doo Wop 50 1999 TV Movie documentary Themselves
New American Bandstand 1965 1958 TV Series Themselves
The Dick Clark Show 1958 TV Series Themselves

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God Only Knows: Vocal Harmony - The Voice 2003 TV Movie documentary Themselves

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