Friday, September 12, 2014

Everyone Covers The Chantels' "Maybe"

OK, maybe not everyone covers "Maybe." Just a few notables. Why? Mainly because "Maybe" is a great song, combining the yearning of a 50s love ballad with a smooth soulfulness that was to become more prevalent throughout the 60s and beyond. Throughout the ages, singers have risen to the challenge of the hopeful heart of "Maybe."

The Chantels, 1957 - Arlene Smith draws out that Maaaybe to beautifully inspirational effect.

The Shangri Las, 1964 - Betty Weiss (sister of main lead singer, Mary) sang lead on this one. Listen to her plead—she's 100% young and in love.

Janis Joplin, 1970 - Mercy! I really really really wish Janis had lived a long life. She had the kind of voice that only gets more evocative over time.

The Three Degrees, 1970 - I am always knocked out by this one. The video storytelling only adds to the luster. Wait for the song to (finally) kick in—you'll be glad. It's not easy giving an effective soliloquy into a studio mic and I don't throw around the word "epic," but this soliloquy is that and more.

Dave Edmunds, 1975 - One of a few solo wall-of-song homages. Bet you didn't see this coming. You'll have to view this video-maker's 1986 muscle-car collection. This is trial by fire, people.

John Frusciante, 2003 - Taking an all-by-himself moment at the Red Hot Chili Peppers show at Slane Castle in Ireland.

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