Original Girl Group, The Chantels, at Santa Fe Station

May 15, 2001 10:42 AM

Doo-Wop queens, The Chantels, are set to perform at 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., Saturday, at the Ice Lounge inside Santa Fe Station Hotel & Casino. Tickets are $10 (plus tax) and can be purchased through tickets.com or at any Station Casino’s Boarding Pass Rewards Center.

Before "girl groups" were called girl groups and every band worth anything was called "the" something’s, there was The Chantels, doo-wop queens in their teens. The Bronx-raised quintet burst onto the R&B scene in 1956 when they were "discovered" by Richard Barrett, lead singer of The Valentines. Their songs "He’s Gone" and "The Plea" were passionate and soulful songs of love and loss, made more so by the fact that the singers were teenagers. The song "Maybe" made The Chantels stars.