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“Maybe” by the Chantels

The Chantel’s were one of the first successful African American girl groups in the 1950’s. The group was made up of five young girls who met in a chorus class at a school in the Bronx. Some of the girls played basketball for the school and actually came up with the name for their group from an opposing team named St. Frances de Chantal. In 1957 they were signed by End Records after the lead singer of the Valentines discovered them and very quickly they began to produce music. Maybe was their second single released with End Records. It was so popular that it actually reached number two on the Billboard’s top 100. Surprisingly after two years, End Records dropped the girls because their music wasn’t gaining as much popularity as it was in the beginning. The Chantels’ success was quick and grew to levels no one expected but what is fascinating is how quickly their success was lost.

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