The Chantels came out of the Bronx, New York, in the early 1950s. The group's members were students at St. Anthony of Padua School, and they took their name from that of a another Catholic school, St. Francs de Chantal. They signed their first recording contract, with End Records, in 1957, but the record, "He's Gone", wasn't a hit, but, in later years, a popular request on Oldies and Doo Wop stations. Their next record, however, was their biggest hit and is considered a classic of "doo-wop" girl groups: "Maybe", written by lead singer Arlene Smith. Read more... Janis Joplin, as "Maybe Maybe Maybe". It sold over a million copies for The Chantels and was performed by them, in 1958, on TV's "American Bandstand", "The Saturday Night Dick Clark Show" and locally in NYC on Ted Steele's "Dance Time". Though their next 2 singles " Every Night" and "I Love You So" didn't chart as well, the recordings received considerable airplay and are considered classics today. Nevertheless, in 1959, their recording company, End Records dropped them. After some personnel changes, the group signed with Carlton Records and had their second big hit, "Look In My Eyes". Again, they weren't able to follow that with another top 20 hit, and more personnel and label changes followed. In the 1970s former lead singer Arlene Smith, who had left the group for a solo career, formed a "new" Chantels to make the rounds of oldies shows and personal appearances. In 1999 the surviving members of the original Chantels reformed for the PBS TV special Doo Wop 50 (1999). The Chantels were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010.