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The Chantelles
The Chantelles
Not to be confused with the American Chantels (renowned for their 1957 genre classic "Maybe"), British girl group the Chantelles emerged from the remnants of the Lana Sisters, the vocal trio best remembered for launching the career of the immortal Dusty Springfield. Following the singer's initial rise to fame as a member of the folk-rock act the Springfields, the Lana Sisters soon reconvened as the Chantelles, led by vocalist Iris "Riss" Chantelle; signing to Parlophone, in 1965 the trio issued their debut single, the Phil Spector homage "I Want That Boy," trailed later that same year by "Sticks and Stones" and "Gonna Get Burned." After appearing alongside the Small Faces and Kiki Dee in the rock & roll B-movie Dateline Diamonds, where they performed both sides of their 1966 single, "I Think of You" and "Please Don't Kiss Me," the Chantelles briefly signed to Polydor to cut the single "There's Something About You," a subsequent favorite among Northern soul crowds. A move to CBS preceded the group's 1967 rendition of the Gershwin perennial "The Man I Love"; their 1968 swan song, "Out of My Mind," was issued solely in the U.S., where the label read "the Chantelles of London" to avoid confusion with their girl group antecedents. In the wake of the Chantelles' dissolution, Riss Chantelle retired from performing to devote her energies to a career in music publishing. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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