Saturday, December 15, 2007

All Hail Arlene Smith! Let the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame Prostate Fall!

Arlene Smith, the powerful lead vocalist behind the Chantels' seminal 1958 classic "Maybe," had a voice good enough to be accepted into the fabled Julliard School of Music. Still, she kept a foot in the pop music business, recording as a soloist for a young Phil Spector and performing background vocals on a number of sessions.

But perhaps the real essence of Smith lies not in her overlooked contributions to popular music, but what she does outside the business. A school teacher by day, she devotes a lot of her outside time and energies to after-school programs for disadvantaged youth. Perhaps this little-known fact about her reveals more about her than anything she waxed on vinyl.

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