The cover to this album was corny and sentimental, showed a young girl in a nightgown looking at the picture of a young man. Anyone other than Ron Holden and the Playboys who would like to contact the author can do so at This email address is being protected from spambots. For years Christopher pictured herself as the lead inspiration and guiding light behind the Fleetwoods. However, it all worked out fine.” Troxel had written the lyrics to his part and Gretchen and Barbara sang another part of the song. Liberty was now taking a more active role in song selection, and the songs that Liberty picked for release were often poor choices for the teen market. for the month of FEBRUARY, separate shipment below, Ship order to: (print name and address, He recorded the group acappella. and Mail to .Reprinted by permission of Rock & Blues News, High Sierra Books, P. O. With Gary Troxel’s smoky good looks and Gretchen and Barbara’s blonde-haired beauty, the Fleetwoods were poised to be teen idols. (There was already a Dolphin Records so they soon changed the name to Dolton. The Fleetwoods - You Mean Everything to Me (Remastered) Lyrics. It was a nice hook but little more than that.                                                                       OLYMPIA, WA 98508-1311, Order autographed SWEET SIXTEEN! But the differences between the original members was driving a wedge into the group.There was a temporary peace when they renegotiated a long term contract with Liberty. with just a few The Fleetwoods - Mr. Blue (Remastered 2014) Album Lyrics; 1. These influences had a direct bearing upon Gary Troxel’s songwriting as his tunes not only had a jazz inflection but were highly commercial tunes.One of the best early examples of Troxel’s jazz side was the ‘B’ side of “Come Softly To Me.” This tune, “I Care So Much,” had Gary opening with a scat singing style that put the Fleetwoods into a decided jazz vein. Mail $5.40: 2:24 PREVIEW I Care So Much. At Gretchen’s house, they sang “Come Softly To me” into an inexpensive tape recorder.Shortly after graduation, Gretchen became a dancer in Seattle at Norm Bobrow’s Colony Club. And 3. 「ミスター・ブルー」(原題: Mr. Blue)は、男一人、女二人から成るボーカル・グループ、フリートウッズが1959年に発表した楽曲。 概要. Billboard's Hot 100in a single year (1959), "Unchained Melody" There were four albums that kept the groups sound alive. Blue” was augmented by the jazz guitar of Ray Lanham and Si Zentner’s trombone. “The Ed Sullivan Show,” on the other hand, was an unmitigated disaster. Reisdorff’s insistence that they share in the tune was the beginning of the early discord.The Fleetwoods’ sound owes a great deal to Reisdorff. "Mr. Blue" is a popular song written by DeWayne Blackwell that was a hit for The Fleetwoods, reaching #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in November 1959 and giving the group its second chart-topping hit of the year. Bobby Darin was in town and he was recording some songs in West Seattle, It was a heady time.”Pat O’Day broke the song on KJR in Seattle and it took off and became a Pacific Northwest hit. “I got a pass every weekend and we did shows all the time. 4. It is unclear how long Christopher danced at the Colony but it doesn’t appear to be too long. Serenade of the Bells (Remastered) 7. Then with her grade school pal, Barbara Ellis, they worked up a cover version of the Five Satins’ “In The Still of the Night” as well as a blues version of “Stormy Weather.” Then they began to write a whispering vocal known simply as “Softly, Softly.” But the song was incomplete. Totaling fifteen Order your very own Mr. BLUE CD, autographed by The Fleetwoods' Founder Gretchen Christopher, below! Reisdorff had a sharp eye for commercial music. 2006, 2005, This song, as well as “Ten Times Blues,” did not appear on an album and became coveted “B” sides. Blue” was on key but the Fleetwoods weren’t. Raindrops, Teardrops (Remastered) 6. This is simply not true.Another myth is that the Fleetwoods didn’t tour or perform regularly. Grading is subjective, look at the pictures please. "We Belong Together" These are the original Dolton masters and Between 1959 and 1963 the Fleetwoods had eleven Top 100 records; with three making the Top 10 and two reaching #1 (their other #1 record was "Mr. Blue", for 1 week and also in 1959). Graduation’s Here Read the Lyrics #39. But there was still something missing in “Come Softly To Me.” Bonnie Guitar suggested that they take the tune to Hollywood to add acoustic guitar, bass and percussion. He was not only the genius behind the Fleetwoods’ sound but the voice that attracted other performers.                                                                                              They had to perform “Mr. The album was a mix of nostalgic tunes but it also included covers of Robert and Johnny’s “We Belong Together” and the Del Vikings “Come Go With Me.” In 1997 Van Meter Productions re-released the complete Mr. Blue album on a CD with three stereo bonus cuts of “Confidential,” “Come Softly To Me” and “Come Go With Me.” As Gary Troxel observed: “Now you can hear what we really sounded like in our early sessions.” Since Van Meter Productions has gone out of business this CD has become an instant collectible.The Fleetwoods hit record magic continued. In January, 1965 the release of the LP Before And After featured Gretchen Christopher’s excellent cover of Joni James’ “Little Things Mean A Lot.” The rest of Before and After was filled with strong material including a cover of the Chordettes’ “Mr. Will be sent wrapped securely. Gary Troxel soon hired Cheryl Huggins and Bonnie Hannukaine and this group was the best in retaining the Fleetwoods’ original sound. Gretchen Christopher was consumed with show business from an early age. In England “Come Softly To Me” and “Confidential” hit the charts.One of the most persistent points of misinformation is that Gary Troxel was in a band, the Blue Comets, and left that group to join the Fleetwoods. Blue,” but it was the other tunes, notably “Oh Lord Let It Be,” “The Three Caballeros” and “Serenade of the Bells,” which puzzled the critics. document.getElementById('cloak70c040a530ed3dbf0fd7d5a8efa5a1fc').innerHTML = ''; It was Mr. Blue by the Fleetwoods. I never really paid much attention to the Fleetwoods before I saw that performance. The Fleetwoods discography and songs: Music profile for The Fleetwoods, formed 1958. function gtag(){dataLayer.push(arguments);} The Fleetwoods story is one shrouded in myth and the group was plagued from the beginning by internal dissension.The earliest myths about the Fleetwoods were perpetuated by Gretchen Christopher who, in interviews, acts like Gary Troxel was a late addition to the group. and handling charge. The highlight of Deep In A Dream was Gretchen’s version of “Blues Go Away” and Gary’s leads on “One Little Star” and a cover of Sammy Turner’s “Lavender Blue.” Troxel co-wrote “Poor Little Girl,” with Vic Dana, which was one of the strongest songs on the album. Then, the third Dolton single, “Mr. When I looked up I saw an impeccably dressed older man and two equally impressively dressed older women singing this marvelous song. Beautiful condition. (If no printer available, just clearly hand print or type, on Picture Information. The Fleetwoods weren't able to immediately produce a follow-up single as successful as their debut, but their third single, "Mr. Blue," was a number one pop and Top Five R&B hit in the U.S. in late 1959. The group didn’t end in 1963 when the hits stopped. (Information & order form below). Get all the lyrics to songs by The Fleetwoods and join the Genius community of music scholars to learn the meaning behind the lyrics. Matthew from Toronto, On One of the slightest songs imaginable. Blue” that caught the attention of the musicians. 2 tracks (4:56). Come Softly to Me (Gold Record) 16 weeks Read the Lyrics #1. addy70c040a530ed3dbf0fd7d5a8efa5a1fc = addy70c040a530ed3dbf0fd7d5a8efa5a1fc + 'aol' + '.' + 'com'; the state of Washington. Mr. Blue (LP & CD); Very Best Of (CD) One For My Baby: The Fleetwoods, Gretchen, Gary, Barbara (LP) Man In A Raincoat: Buried Treasure (LP & C) Will You Love Me Tomorrow: Buried Treasure (LP & C) Little Things Mean A Lot: Before & After (LP) Serenade Of The Bells: Mr. Blue (LP & CD), Best Of (CD & C), The Fleetwoods, Gretchen, Gary, Barbara (CD) "Come Go With Me" When “Before And After (Losing You)” became a minor hit for the English duo Chad and Jeremy, they acknowledged Troxel’s unique soft vocal influences.Liberty Records  floundered in an attempt to rekindle the Fleetwoods’ magic. by the first group in the world to have in the first seven years of Rock & Roll history! with #1 Hits "Come Softly To Me" and "Mr. Blue" To book The Fleetwoods, jump to the Contact Us page. "You Mean Everything To Me", Including four Fleetwoods-penned originals: The Buried Treasures album  was soon buried in the cut-out bin of the local Woolworth’s store.During the 1970s some of the Fleetwoods’ material was rerecorded for the K-Tel and Jerden record labels. The Fleetwoods - Mr. Blue/You Mean Everything To Me 1959 7” 45 Single DOLTON 606. It was the home of jazz singing sensation, Pat Suzuki, and Seattle’s only legitimate nightclub. These songs were weak recreations of the original and did little for the Fleetwoods. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Then he took the tapes to Los Angeles where they were mixed with the instrumental music. Blue.” “It was fun to watch he and his family perform our hit,” Troxel remarked. No tax if you live outside I Care so Much (Remastered) 4. In 1963 the Fleetwoods also cut a version of Ferlin Huskey’s “Gone,” but it remained unreleased until the 1993 EMI CD Come Softly To Me: The Very Best of the Fleetwoods. The album cover to Deep In A Dream shows Gary in his navy uniform and the LP featured the Jackie DeShannon and Sharon Sheeley tune “(He’s) The Great Imposter.” There were also covers of Dion’s “A Teenager In Love” Shep and the Limelights “Daddy’s Home”, Billy and Lillie’s “Lah-Dee-Dah” and Vic Dana’s “One Little Star.” After four albums the Fleetwoods were finally recording material that fit their voices. They were the forerunners of a style that the Carpenters and Simon and Garfunkel, among others, took to the bank.Today, Gretchen continues to perform as Gretchen Christopher of the Fleetwoods while Gary Troxel leads his highly successful Fleetwoods group with Cheryl and Bonnie.The Fleetwoods sound remains available on CD with twenty-eight cuts on Come Softly To Me: The Very Best of the Fleetwoods released as part of EMI’s Legend of Rock ‘N’ Roll Series in 1993 and the eighteen-cut Rhino CD The Best of the Fleetwoods.” These two albums contain the essence of the soft sounds and pop ministering of one of the tightest and most professional vocal groups to ever dominate the charts. "Confidential" ), VALENTINE'S SPECIAL & BIRTHDAY BONUS! the first of 15 LPs, is also the first Original In January 1963 the album The Fleetwoods Sing For Lovers By Night was released with covers of “Pledging My Love,” “Goodnight My Love” and “Loving You.” Among the future starmakers on this LP was songwriter David Gates, who wrote “My Special Lover” and later emerged as the lead singer for Bread. and you may receive up to three CDs sent to the same address "Raindrops, Teardrops" Find album reviews, stream songs, credits and award information for Mr. Blue - The Fleetwoods on AllMusic - 1959 The Fleetwoods’ lead singer had a voice which emitted the frustration of teenagers during the 1950s. Roy Lanham played guitar on the track, and Si Zentner played the trombone. Mr. BLUE, The Fleetwoods sound on “Mr. (flip side of the hit "Come Reisdorff easily adjusted the sound. 2. His cane and spats gave Troxel the look of a regal gentleman. These two #1 Hits, will be FOILGIFT BOXED and priced at just seventy-five dollars, var addy_text70c040a530ed3dbf0fd7d5a8efa5a1fc = 'Howard217' + '@' + 'aol' + '.' + 'com';document.getElementById('cloak70c040a530ed3dbf0fd7d5a8efa5a1fc').innerHTML += ''+addy_text70c040a530ed3dbf0fd7d5a8efa5a1fc+'<\/a>'; Editor’s Note: Howard promoted dances at Dick Parker’s Ballroom in Seattle in 1958. “Runaround” had been a top twenty hit for The Three Chuckles in 1954 and it was a song picked out by Reisdorff as a sure commercial hit.As Dolton was selling as many records as they could press, the company finally put together an album which reflected the groups’ vocal diversity. re-released by Vanmeter Recordings. After a long night’s work, a demo was dropped off at Los Angeles radio station KFWB just before six o’clock in the morning. It wasn’t because Gary was shy as Gretchen maintains, it was because Troxel was happily maried with a family. ), Click on Icon to download advertised price of $100,                         Fleetwoods/Gold Cup Music Si Zentner’s trombone on “Mr. “We played Dick Parker’s Ballroom in the north end of Seattle,” Troxel recalled, “and it was the first place that we got paid. (and their CD was UNsigned. THE   Blue” that caught the attention of the musicians. Sad, because there were some great tunes on this album including “Every Little Beat,” a strong Barry-Greenwich tune, “Hurt Him” written by Barbara Ellis, Gary Troxel and a co-songwriter, and “Magic Star,” composed by Bonnie Guitar and Troxel. I was happy with the money, Liberty was fair with us.”But Troxel never wavered from keeping the original concept of the Fleetwoods alive. He didn’t need the Pacific Northwest to survive. “That’s simply not true,” Troxel recalled, “I hung around the band, that’s all.” By chance one day Gary met Barbara and Gretchen in downtown Olympia and began filling in the bridge to a song that they had composed and soon they were crooning “Come Softly To Me.” “I bought records at the Music Box in Olympia and simply loved the music,” Troxel recalled.An equally strange myth is that the Fleetwoods didn’t receive their full royalties. They were typical junior high girls who shared a love for music and became popular cheerleaders. The Fleetwoods - Mr. Blue / Tragedy Album Performer: The Fleetwoods Title: Mr. Blue / Tragedy Style: Vocal, Pop Rock Cat#: X 39 Country: US Label: Capitol Records Size MP3 version: 2283 mb Size FLAC version: 1915 mb Size WMA version: 2119 mb Rating: 4.4 Votes: 154 Genre: Rock / Pop They continued to turn out the hits but the infighting that resulted from writing, performing and being together was taking its toll. Blue” live and there was only one microphone. Mr. BLUE Female Lead Vocalist/Arranger This email address is being protected from spambots. Genres: Doo-Wop, Pop, Vocal Group. Olympia is the capital of the state and there Gretchen, Barbara and Gary all attended Olympia High School.Gretchen was the first of the Fleetwoods to begin to sing for fun.   (Special Person, One of Dick Clark’s “Best of American Bandstand” videos features this performance. Mr. Blue Album by The Fleetwoods. Reisdorff hated the name, so began thumbing through a telephone book and pulled out a prefix Fleetwood. to be reproduced, intact, on CD. The Best of the Rock and Roll Revival, Volume 2 on Deja Vu Records contained a live version of “Mr. “You Mean Everything To Me” not only had a soft vocal presence but smooth guitar chording made it the only Fleetwood’s flip side to chart. THE FLEETWOODS MR BLUE/YOU MEAN EVERYTHING TO ME DOLTON 5 . She brought the trio into the basement studio of Joe Boles in Seattle and recorded almost one hundred takes of “Come Softly To Me.” “No one knew about overdubbing,” Troxel recalled, “and they weren’t sure about how to record us. He was a jazz lover and he convinced the Frantics, an instrumentally hot Seattle group, to record along cocktail jazz lines and Pacific Northwest rock and roll lost one of its most original acts to the lounges. time, we're celebrating with this Special: Save The Sullivan producer also hired back up singers to fill in the Fleetwoods sound and this led to an embarrassing moment.In the midst of their problems Gone Records released Ronnie Height’s version of “Come Softly To Me.” Reisdorff and Dolton Records worried that the Philadelphia based label with its connections to Dick Clark, would destroy the Fleetwoods hit. "Serenade of the Bells" including a FREE 8X10 PHOTO signed to whomever you choose. when available). var path = 'hr' + 'ef' + '='; Occasion, Relationship, Note or Memory), 3rd CD signed to In September, 1966, on the budget oriented Sunset label, Liberty released In A Mellow Mood which reissued ten of the best, if less known, Fleetwood tunes. They liked “Come Softly To Me” and reasoned the Fleetwoods’ song was a sure radio hit. Sandman,” as well as such pop favorites as “Softly, As I Leave You,” “Go Away Little Girl” and “This is My Prayer.” When this album failed to sell well, Liberty finally began looking for more contemporary material for the Fleetwoods.As they began searching out folk and rock tunes for the Fleetwoods, Liberty had the group rerecord a new version of “Come Softly To Me” backed with ““I’m Not Jimmy” and released it to general disinterest. Fleetwoods, multi-million-selling Recording Trio, and their founder, http://www.myspace.com/gretchenchristopher. They sounded as good as they did when the song was originally recorded. These differences broke up the group. “As founder and manager, maintaining the original sound, quality and image of the Fleetwoods has been an ongoing concern for me,” Christopher remarked. 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