The Chantels

Maybe

Composed by Richard Barrett

Song Review by

A #15 hit in early 1958, "Maybe" was, arguably, the first true glimmering of the girl group sound, a piping lament that rose above its clunky piano accompaniment and the ponderous bass and drums that lurch behind it... escapes even a distinct resemblance to "Unchained Melody"... to focus all of one's attention of Arlene Smith's soaring, soul-soaked lead vocal. With its entire lyric focussed around Smith’s ability to draw the title alone out to virtual verse-length, the song itself is built firmly in the tradition of the doo wop street singers then taking the charts by storm. But Smith's passion is palpable and, though there have been better recorded versions of the song (Jill Read's Dave Edmunds produced mid-70s take paramount among them), none carries the emotional impact of this, the original.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
No Image 1962
Various Artists
Chess
No Image 1976
Various Artists
MCA 2:37
For Collectors Only 1988 Collectables 2:55
The Best of the Chantels [Rhino] 1990 Rhino 2:40
Group Sounds: WCBS New York, Vol. 2 1991
Various Artists
Collectables 2:55
Rhythm & Blues: 1958 1992
Various Artists
Time / Life Music
Heartbreakers, Vol. 1: Tearjerkers 1993
Various Artists
Dominion / K-Tel Distribution 2:34
End Records, Vol. 2 1994
Various Artists
Collectables 2:48
No Image 1994
Various Artists
MGM
The Doo Wop Box 1994
Various Artists
Rhino 2:51
The Golden Age of American Rock 'n' Roll, Vol. 4 1994
Various Artists
Ace 2:55
The R&B Box: 30 Years of Rhythm & Blues 1994
Various Artists
Rhino / Warner Bros.
The Best Doo Wop Love Songs, Vol. 1-2 1995
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 2:39
Four by Four, Vol. 2 1996
Various Artists
Stardust Records 2:54
Only Love 1955-1959 1997
Various Artists
Rhino / Essex 2:52
Fabulous 50's [1997 Madacy Box] 1997
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:35
1950's Rock N Roll 1997
Various Artists
Madacy 2:34
The Ultimate History of Rock 'N' Roll Collection 1997
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:34
100 Jukebox Hits: 50's & 60's 1998
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:35
The Ultimate History of Rock & Roll Collection, Vol. 5: Girl Group Sound 1998
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:34
George Goldner Presents End Story 1999
Various Artists
Westside Records 2:37
Respect: A Century of Women in Music [Sampler] 1999
Various Artists
Rhino 2:53
Oldies But Goodies, Vol. 1 & 2 2000
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 2:39
The 50's Decade: Vocal Groups 2001
Various Artists
St. Clair 2:35
Spotlight on End, Vols.1-4: R&B Classics 2001
Various Artists
Collectables 2:48
Doo Wop Greats 2001
Various Artists
Goldies 2:38
More Girl Group Greats [Rhino] 2001
Various Artists
Rhino 2:53
As Good as It Gets: Doo Wop 2001
Various Artists
As Good As It Gets 2:45
20th Century Rocks: '50s Rock 'n Roll - At the Hop 2001
Various Artists
Dominion Entertainment / K-Tel Distribution 2:34
Lowrider Oldies, Vols. 1-9: Cruisin' Chrome Series 2001
Various Artists
Thump Records 2:55
Move Closer [K-Tel 2002] 2002
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:34
The Definitive Love Collection [K-Tel UK] 2002
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:34
Old School Oldies 2003
Various Artists
Thump Records 2:30
The Ultimate Doo Wop 2005
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:49
No Image
Various Artists
Telerad
No Image
Various Artists
Roulette Records 2:37
No Image
Various Artists
Time / Life Music