Groupe féminin noir US de Doo Wop formé en 1956 à New York. Les Chantels comprenaient Arlene Smith, Lois Harris, Sonia Goring,  Jackie Landry et Rene Minus. Le groupe s'est séparé en 1970.

One of the very first girl groups, the Chantels are best-known for their 1957 hit "Maybe." Between 1957 and 1963, the trio racked up a number of hit singles, but none of them was ever as popular as "Maybe," which came to be regarded as one of the definitive singles of the genre.
All five members of the Chantels — Arlene Smith, Lois Harris, Sonia Goring, Jackie Landry, and Rene Minus — met as children, when they sang in the choir of Saint Anthony of Padua, a Bronx-area school. Arlene Smith was the leader of the quintet. Smith wrote all of the group's early material and she was the one who convinced the other girls — whose age ranged between 14 and 17 at the time — to audition for Richard Barrett, a record producer and a member of the doo wop group the Valentines. Barrett signed the band to End Records and produced the Chantels' first single, a Smith song called "He's Gone." Released in the summer of 1957, the single peaked at number 71. However, the group's second single — another Smith composition called "Maybe" — was a smash hit, peaking at number two on the R&B charts and number 15 on the pop charts in early 1958. "Maybe" sold more copies than its chart position suggests; the single was pirated by several other small record labels and none of those sales were tallied for the final chart position.
For the next year, the Chantels tried in vain to deliver a follow-up as successful as "Maybe." Two hit singles — "Every Night (I Pray)" and "I Love You So" — followed on End Records, but the label dropped them after a handful of other records failed to make an impact. Around that time, Smith left the group to pursue a solo career and Harris had left the group. The Chantels didn't replace either singer and continued as a trio.
In the summer of 1959, the group supported Richard Barrett on his single, "Summer's Love," which peaked at number 29 on the R&B charts. In 1961, the Chantels signed with Carlton Records, where they had two minor pop hits: "Look in My Eyes" and "Well, I Told You." Carlton dropped the group the following year and the band moved to Ludix, where they had a minor hit with "Eternally" in the spring of 1963.
The Chantels continued performing until the end of the decade; they officially disbanded in 1970. A few years later, Arlene Smith re-formed the Chantels, recruiting four new members; the other original members all retired from the entertainment business. Smith continued to lead various incarnations of the Chantels into the '90s. When she wasn't touring the oldies circuit with the Chantels, Smith worked as a schoolteacher.

http://www.thechantels.com/

Talents : Arlene Smith : Lead - Lois Harris : First Tenor - Sonia Goring : Second Tenor - Jackie Landry : Second Alto - Rene Minus : Alto / Bass

Style musical : Doo Wop, Rhythm 'n' Blues, Girl Group

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vG-dv88RAMY

MAYBE (1957)

GOODBYE TO LOVE (1958)

SUMMER'S LOVE (1959) (Richard Barrett & The Chantels)

LOOK IN MY EYES (1961)

Years in activity :

1910 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 2000

DISCOGRAPHY

Singles & EP

1957 SP END 1001 (US) . He's Gone / The Plea
1957 SP END 1005 (US) . Maybe / Come My Little Baby
1958 SP END 1015 (US) . Every Night / Whoever You Are
1958 SP END 1020 (US) . I Love You So / How Could You Call It Off
1958 SP END 1026 (US) . Sure Of Love / Prayee
1958 SP END 1030 (US) . If You Try / Congratulations
1958 SP END 1037 (US) . I Can't Take It / Never Let Go
1958 SP END 1048 (US) . I'm Confessin / Goodbye To Love
1958 EP END 201 (US) I LOVE YOU SO - Sure Of Love / Prayee / I Love You So / How Could You Call It Off?
1958 EP END 202 (US) C'EST SI BON - Memories Of You / I’ll Walk Alone / C'est Si Bon / Congratulations
1959 SP GONE 5056 (US) . Richard BARRETT & The CHANTELS - Come Softly To Me / Walkin' Through Dreamland
1959 SP GONE 5060 (US) . Richard BARRETT & The CHANTELS - Summer's Love / All Is Forgiven
1960 SP END 1069 (US) . Whoever You Are / How Could You Call
1961 SP END 1103 (US) . I / Believe Me (My Angel)
1961 SP END 1105 (US) . I'm The Girl / There's Our Song
1961 SP CARLTON 555 (US) . Look In My Eyes / Glad To Be Back
1961 SP CARLTON 564 (US) . Well I Told You / Still
1961 SP CARLTON 569 (US) . Summertime / Here It Comes Again
02/1962 EP LONDON REL 10112-5 (F) Well I Told You - Well I Told You / Still / Glad To Be Back / Look In My Eyes
1963 SP LUDIX 101 (US) . Eternally / Swamp Water
1963 SP LUDIX 106 (US) . Some Tears Fall Dry / That's Why You're Happy
1965 SP TCF 123 (US) . There's No Forgetting You / Take Me As I Am
1966 SP VERVE 10387 (US) . You're Welcome To My Heart / Soul Of A Soldier
1966 SP VERVE 10435 (US) . Indian Giver / It's Just Me
1969 SP ROUL 7064  (US) . Maybe / There's No Forgetting You
1970 SP RCA 74-0347 (US) . Love Makes All The Difference In The World / I'm Gonna Win Him Back
02/1992 CD COLLECTABLES 8105 (US) . Maybe
1997 SP STOP SOUND 113 (US) . So Real / My Memories Of You





Albums

10/1958 LP 12" END LP-301 (US) WE ARE THE CHANTELS - Maybe / The Plea / Come My Little Baby / Congratulations / Prayee / He's Gone / I Love You So / Every Night / Whoever You Are / How Could You Call It Off / Sure Of Love / If You Try
09/1959 LP 12" END LP-301 (US) THE CHANTELS - Maybe / The Plea / Come My Little Baby / Congratulations / Prayee / He's Gone / I Love You So / Every Night / Whoever You Are / How Could You Call It Off / Sure Of Love / If You Try
10/1961 LP 12" END LP-312 (US) THERE'S OUR SONG AGAIN - There's Our Song Again / Never Let Go / Believe Me (My Angel) / C'est Si Bon / Ific / My Darlin' / I'm The Girl / I / My Memories Of You / I'll Walk Alone / I'm Confessin' / Goodbye To Love
1962 LP 12" CARLTON STLP 12/144 (US) THE CHANTELS ON TOUR - Look In My Eyes / Summertime / Glad To Be Back / Still / I Lost My Baby (Chris MONTEZ) / My Chick Is Fine (Gus BACKUS) / Well I Told You / You'll Never Know / Here It Comes Again / Vut Vut (IMPERIALS) / They Say (Chris MONTEZ) / You Can't Go It Alone (Gus BACKUS)
1964 LP 12" FORUM CIRCLE FCF-9104 (US) THE CHANTELS SING THEIR FAVORITES - There's Our Song Again / Never Let Go / Believe Me (My Angel) / C'est Si Bon / Ific / I'm The Girl / I / My Memories Of You / I'll Walk Alone / I'm Confessin'
1979 LP 12" ARIOLA 200622 (GER) THE STORY OF ROCK 'N' ROLL - Maybe / The Plea / Come My Little Baby / Congratulations / Prayee / He's Gone / I Love You So / Every Night / Whoever You Are / How Could You Call It Off / Sure Of Love / If You Try
1984 LP 12" ROULETTE SR 59032 (US) THE CHANTELS - Maybe / The Plea / Come My Little Baby / Congratulations / Prayee / He's Gone / I Love You So / Every Night (I Pray) / Whoever You Are / How Could You Call It Off? / Sure Of Love / If You Try
1987 3 LP 12" MURRAY HILL 000385 (US) FOR COLLECTORS ONLY - ARLENE SMITH & THE CHANTELS :
DISC 1 : Maybe / If You Try (alternate take) / Prayee / So Real / The Plea / I Can't Take It (There's Our Song Again) / Look In My Eyes / Every Night (alternate take) / I'm Confessing / Whoever You Are / Goodbye To Love (alternate take) / He's Gone
DISC 2 : Every Night / Sure Of Love / Congratulations / I'm The Girl (alternate take) / I'll Walk Alone / Memories Of You (alternate take) / Come My Little Baby / I Love You So / How Could You Call It Off (alternate take) / My Darling / Prayee (alternate take) / If You Try / Goodbye To Love
DISC 3 : Never Let Go / To Live My Life Again / C'Est Si Bon / Ipic / How Could You Call It Off / Mon Cherie Au Revoir / Two Loving Hearts / I've Lied / All Is Forgiven / Is It Because / Summer's Love / Come Softly To Me / Maybe / Peruvian Wedding Song
05/1990 CD RHINO 70954 (US) THE BEST OF THE CHANTELS - He's Gone / The Plea / Maybe / Every Night (I Pray) / Whoever You Are / I Love You So / Prayee / Sure Of Love / Memories / If You Try / I Can't Take It (There's Our Song Again) / Goodbye To Love / Look In My Eyes / Well, I Told You / So Real / I've Lied [Willie WILSON & The TUNEMASTERS] / How Could You Call It Off? / Summer's Love [with Richard BARRETT]
11/1991 CD COLLECTABLES 5423 (US) THE CHANTELS - Maybe / The Plea / Come My Little Baby / Congratulations / Prayee / He's Gone / I Love You So / Every Night (I Pray) / Whoever You Are / How Could You Call It Off? / Sure Of Love / If You Try
02/1992 2 CD COLLECTABLES 8802 (US) THE CHANTELS FOR COLLECTORS ONLY :
CD 1 : Maybe / If You Try [alternate take] / Prayee / So Real / Plea / I Can't Take It (There's Our Song Again) / Look In My Eyes [stereo] / Every Night (I Pray) [alternate take] / I'm Confessin' (That I Love You) / Whoever You Are [stereo] / Goodbye To Love [alternate take] / He's Gone / Every Night (I Pray) / Sure Of Love / Congratulations / I'm The Girl [alternate take] / I'll Walk Alone / My Memories Of You [alternate take] / Come My Little Baby / I Love You So
CD 2 : How Could You Call It Off? [alternate take] / My Darling / Prayee [alternate take] / If You Try / Goodbye To Love / Never Let Go / To Live My Life Again / C'Est Si Bon / Ific / How Could You Call It Off? / Mon Cherie Au Revoir / Two Loving Hearts / I've Lied / All Is Forgiven [stereo] / Is It Because / Summer's Love / Come Softly To Me / Maybe [alternate take] / Peruvian Wedding Song [stereo] / I've Lied [alternate take]
10/1997 CD COLLECTABLES 5785 (US) THE LOOK IN MY EYES - THE BEST OF CARLTON & LUDIX YEARS - Look In My Eyes / Glad To Be Back / Well, I Told You / Anytime, Anyplace, Anywhere / Summertime / Here It Comes Again / I Pray For Love / Still / You'll Never Know / Eternally / That's Why You're Happy / Swamp Water / Some Tears Fall Dry
06/1998 CD WESTSIDE 564 (UK) WE ARE THE CHANTELS - THERE'S OUR SONG AGAIN - Maybe / The Plea / Come My Little Baby / Congratulations / Prayee / He's Gone / I Love You So / Every Night / Whoever You Are / How Could You Call It Off / Sure Of Love / If You Try / I Can't Take It (There's Our Song Again) / Never Let Go / Believe Me (My Angel) / C'est Si Bon / Ific / My Darlin' / I'm The Girl / I / My Memories Of You / I'll Walk Alone / I'm Confessin' / Goodbye To Love
07/2005 CD COLLECTABLES COLCD 9913 (US) MAYBE - Maybe / So Real / The Plea / Goodbye To Love / Everynight / Whoever You Are / Sure Of Love / He's Gone / I Can't Take It / Memories Of You
04/2009 CD COLLECTABLES 1343 (US) 20 DOO WOP CLASSICS - MAYBE - Maybe / Prayee / So Real / The Plea / I Can't Take It / Look In My Eyes / I'm Confessin' (That I Love You) / Whoever You Are / He's Gone / Every Night / Sure Of Love / Congratulations / I'll Walk Alone / Come My Little Baby / I Love You So / My Darling / If You Try / Goodbye To Love / Never Let Go / C'Est Si Bon
07/2009 CD COLLECTABLES 1377 (US) THE CHANTELS MEET FRANKIE LYMON - Maybe / He's Gone / The Plea / Goodbye To Love / Every Night (I Pray) / Goody Goody (Frankie LYMON) / Miracle In The Rain (Frankie LYMON) / Over The Rainbow (Frankie LYMON) / Little Bitty Pretty One (Frankie LYMON) / Little Girl (Frankie LYMON)

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