The Chantels were a highly acclaimed R&B/pop girl group with sweet sounding harmonies that became famous during the late 1950s and early 1960s. Their best known songs include the soulful doo-wop ballads, "Maybe" (1958) and "Look In My Eyes" (1961), and their many other hits include the sassy and more uptempo "Well, I Told You" (1961), an answer song to Ray Charles' "Hit The Road Jack."
Formed in the early 1950s in the Bronx, New York while all members were still in their early teens, the original lineup consisted of Sonia Goring, Lois Harris, Jackie Landry, Renee Minus, and lead singer Arlene Smith, with some personnel changes. The quintet was discovered in 1957 by then-lead singer of The Valentines, Richard Barrett, who also went on to manage and produce for the group. After disbanding in 1970, The Chantels reunited in 1999 for the PBS TV special, "Doo Wop 50." They were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2002.
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- Look In My Eyes 1961
(This song later also became a hit for the 3 Degrees (1966).)
- Well, I Told You 1961
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