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"Pipeline" became a number one single and rocketed the quintet out of Santa Ana and straight to national fame. They followed it up with a brace of singles, none of which saw even a shadow of the sales of "Pipeline," and also cut two albums, Pipeline and The Two Sides of the Chantays. Those were fine showcases for the group's strengths -- and a few weaknesses -- but made very little impact. Their repertoire was crowded with rock & roll covers and "Pipeline" sound-alikes, as well as some cutesy plays on the Shadows' sound of the same period, and none of their follow-up singles charted. Meanwhile, "Pipeline" not only got heavy radio play for years after it left the charts, but also entered the musical mainstream as a pop instrumental standard (in particular, television viewers who lived in the New York area during the early/mid-'60s may remember "Pipeline" being used almost weekly as background music whenever kids show host Chuck McCann would come out dressed as Ace Jackson, to read the "Smilin' Jack" comic strip on his Sunday television show Let's Have Fun.
Competent players who went heavy on the rumbling bass, ghostly reverb, and electric keyboards, the Chantays were very much a one-shot act. The group remained perennially popular on the nostalgia and oldies circuits, with new members coming in alongside of Carman and Spickard, and Welch subsequently rejoined. In 1994, the group released their first new album in over 30 years, called Next Set, and they followed it up in 1997 with Waiting for the Tide. As of 2005, the band was still working regularly. ~ Bruce Eder & Richie Unterberger, Rovi