500 Greatest Songs of All Time

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The Chantels, 'Maybe'

199. The Chantels, 'Maybe'

Writer: Arlene Smith
Producer: Richard Barrett
Released: Dec. '57, End
18 weeks; No. 15

At 16, Smith wrote and sang lead on this towering doo-wop song, a template for a generation of girl groups. The Chantels' second single, "Maybe," was recorded at a church in midtown Manhattan in October 1957, when the girls were all still in high school at St. Anthony of Padua in the Bronx. The single was first credited to label owner George Goldner, but now the world knows better.

Appears on: The Best of the Chantels (Rhino)

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