For the next year, the Chantels tried in vain to deliver a follow-up as successful as "Maybe." Two hit singles -- "Every Night (I Pray)" and "I Love You So" -- followed on End Records, but the label dropped them after a handful of other records failed to make an impact. Around that time, Smith
left the group to pursue a solo career and Harris had left the group. The Chantels replaced Smith with vocalist Annette Smith (no relation) and continued as a quartet.
In the summer of 1959, the group supported Richard Barrett on his single, "Summer's Love," which peaked at number 29 on the R&B charts. In 1961, the Chantels signed with Carlton Records
, where they had two minor pop hits: "Look in My Eyes" and "Well, I Told You." Carlton
dropped the group the following year and the band moved to Ludix, where they had a minor hit with "Eternally" in the spring of 1963.
The Chantels continued performing until the end of the decade; they officially disbanded in 1970. A few years later, Arlene Smith
re-formed the Chantels, recruiting four new members; the other original members all retired from the entertainment business. Smith
continued to lead various incarnations of the Chantels into the '90s. When she wasn't touring the oldies circuit with the Chantels, Smith
worked as a schoolteacher. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi