Blue,” the Fleetwoods were booked on the Dick Clark “American Bandstand” afternoon show and the premier Sunday night Ed Sullivan television show. email:  MyOrder@TheFleetwoods.com, The Fleetwoods' MR.                                                                                              and BMI Million Airs Songwriter, TO ORDER Mr. BLUE CD, PRINT THIS FORM (last page), then fill in (clearly hand printing or typing your information), (Information & order form below). One of Dick Clark’s “Best of American Bandstand” videos features this performance. FREE S&H, if Pre-ordered, prior to       Free Adobe Reader, Click here Image not available. "Confidential" The band was too loud and the Fleetwoods vocals were lost in the mix — or lack of it. Mr. BLUE CD With the vault nearly empty of Fleetwoods material, a Liberty album entitled Buried Treasures packaged some of the group’s lesser known songs. re-released by Vanmeter Recordings. when available). Suzuki eventually went on to star in “The Flower Drum Song” on Broadway. The Fleetwoods sound on “Mr. Height was a minimally talented performer who couldn’t cover the Fleetwoods’ record. One of the ironies of the Fleetwoods early career is that they were the biggest rock and roll act in the Pacific Northwest but seldom performed in their home state. Box 11311 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. for the month of FEBRUARY, var path = 'hr' + 'ef' + '='; Gretchen lied about her age and danced for a brief time in the chorus. On January 11, 1960, Dolton released the fourth Fleetwood single “Outside My Window” backed with “Magic Star” and this Hal David-composed tune rose to number 15. .Reprinted by permission of Rock & Blues News, High Sierra Books, P. O. His cane and spats gave Troxel the look of a regal gentleman. Thank you. artwork, 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. But first and foremost, it was Troxel’s plaintive lead vocals and jazz inflected scat sound made the group unique and the song a masterpiece.When Troxel joined the Fleetwoods, he could play jazz-oriented trumpet. When I looked up I saw an impeccably dressed older man and two equally impressively dressed older women singing this marvelous song. When I looked up I saw an impeccably dressed older man and two equally impressively dressed older women singing this marvelous song. About Mr. Blue "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. 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. (and their CD was UNsigned. He was a quiet, reflective family man who had the good sense to take care of business. Gretchen Christopher Reisdorff acknowledged Bonnie Guitar’s studio presence. Instead, she has helped to obscure and confuse the history of the Fleetwoods and create a myth that she brought Troxel in only to play the trumpet. These differences broke up the group. (SUITE 16) They sounded as good as they did when the song was originally recorded. 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. Matthew from Toronto, On One of the slightest songs imaginable. The group didn’t end in 1963 when the hits stopped. Collectors have They continued to turn out the hits but the infighting that resulted from writing, performing and being together was taking its toll. From 1959 to 1963 the Fleetwoods charted twelve songs on the Billboard Hot 100 with two number one hits, “Come Softly To Me” and “Mr. Mr. Blue Album by The Fleetwoods. Howard A. DeWitt is a Professor of History at Ohlone College, Fremont, California. She was a member of the high school choir and talked to her friends about forming a musical group.   Female Lead Vocalist/Arranger instruments over dubbed in L.A., Unchained Melody (Remastered) 9. for printable version of Order Form, Re: Special Instructions, Rush or Troxel and the girls were writing songs together but there was friction. Mr. Blue (Gold Record) 20 weeks #1. Since Troxel was in the U. S. Navy, many critics have written that this killed their career. I Care so Much (Remastered) 4. "Serenade of the Bells"              Fleetwoods (TCCU #13132), Enclose with Printed Form But it was the ‘B’ side of “Mr. The standards, the show tunes and the jazz numbers that Reisdorff favored were giving way to rhythm and blues and rock and roll songs and this made the Fleetwoods sound more contemporary.The Dolton label’s phenomenal success prompted Liberty Records to purchase the small, Seattle based label. 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. the state of Washington. With Gary Troxel’s smoky good looks and Gretchen and Barbara’s blonde-haired beauty, the Fleetwoods were poised to be teen idols. This song, as well as “Ten Times Blues,” did not appear on an album and became coveted “B” sides. BLUE     Gary is not only the lead singer but the only Fleetwood to remain true to the original sound and concept. Blue” that caught the attention of the musicians. “I got leave whenever I wanted it and we performed and recorded when we felt like it,” Troxel remarked. We could also record anytime that we felt like it.” The other female voice in the group, Barbara Ellis, didn’t care for touring and she went on the road grudgingly.Perhaps the strangest myth is that the Fleetwoods were a two hit act. Occasion, Relationship, Note or Memory), 3rd CD signed to This placed the Fleetwoods’s sweet harmonies in the background.The final regular issue album for the original Fleetwoods was Folk Rock.   FREE S&H, if Pre-ordered, prior to var addy_text70c040a530ed3dbf0fd7d5a8efa5a1fc = 'Howard217' + '@' + 'aol' + '.' + 'com';document.getElementById('cloak70c040a530ed3dbf0fd7d5a8efa5a1fc').innerHTML += ''+addy_text70c040a530ed3dbf0fd7d5a8efa5a1fc+'<\/a>'; "Confidential" Gretchen Christopher was consumed with show business from an early age. Opens image gallery. The Fleetwoods discography and songs: Music profile for The Fleetwoods, formed 1958. The Fleetwoods’ lead singer had a voice which emitted the frustration of teenagers during the 1950s. Occasion, Relationship, Note or Memory), In case of question, please include the following 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. These included “Ruby Red Baby Blue” backed with a cover of Ricky Nelson’s “Lonesome Town,” the innovative “Ska Light, Ska Bright” b/w “Ten Times Blues,” a cover of “Mr. Then, the third Dolton single, “Mr. Mr. Blue Lyrics: Our guardian star lost all his glow / The day that I lost you / He lost all his glitter the day you said no / And his silver turned to blue / Like him, I am doubtful / That your 2. There were four albums that kept the groups sound alive. Blue” was on key but the Fleetwoods weren’t. addy70c040a530ed3dbf0fd7d5a8efa5a1fc = addy70c040a530ed3dbf0fd7d5a8efa5a1fc + 'aol' + '.' + 'com'; Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. The contracts were good ones for the Fleetwoods and Bob Reisdorff, the owner of Dolton Records, their first label, treated them with dignity and respect. Roy Lanham played guitar on the track, and Si Zentner played the trombone.  TOTAL, Please make Money Order Few people close to the group noticed because the hits just kept on coming.To follow up their first hit, Dolton released “Graduation’s Here” which rose to number 39 in the spring of 1959. 1959. 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. information, if possible. “I got a pass every weekend and we did shows all the time. She listened to Julie London as well as some blues, rhythm and blues and pop songs. Gretchen Christopher believed that she was the leader, so she began touring with a replacement lead vocalist. ), VALENTINE'S SPECIAL & BIRTHDAY BONUS! Blue” cut in early June 1971 at the New York Academy. "The Three Caballeros" About Mr. Blue "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. "I Care So Much" From collector’s estate, these discs were loved & taken care of. and the only group to achieve this Mr. BLUE, “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.As a result of heavy sales and the chart action of “Mr. He recorded the group acappella. It was the time of the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, the Animals and folk music meant the emerging sounds of the Byrds and Buffalo Springfield. Then on August 2, 1961 The Fleetwoods’ Greatest Hits appeared and charted in both the U. S. and the U. K.The navy did little to slow down the Fleetwoods. So his considerable energy went into the performances and songwriting which kept the group in the limelight.During the early 1960s the Fleetwoods remained a popular act and recorded and released some of their best music. Gary Troxel soon hired Cheryl Huggins and Bonnie Hannukaine and this group was the best in retaining the Fleetwoods’ original sound. Yet, “Come Softly To Me” was such a strong song that Height’s version did chart in at 45 on the Billboard chart.The Fleetwoods first album Mr. Blue was released in October 1959 and it told more about Dolton Records than it did about the group. With chart success the Fleetwoods spent more time on the road.From 1959 to 1963 the Fleetwoods were an important touring act. Reisdorff remained the producer and he opened a Fleetwoods International Fan Club from his office at 622 Union Street in downtown Seattle. This 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. 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. She was there to sell her music. After several huge successes he rented the Eagle’s Ballroom but drew only 60 fans to a Ron Holden and the Playboys concert. advertised price of $100, The Fleetwoods - Mr. Blue/You Mean Everything To Me 1959 7” 45 Single DOLTON DO-606. In 1962 “Lovers By Night, Strangers By Day” hit the charts and the ‘B’ side featured a song by Randy Newman, “They Tell Me It’s Summer.”Troxel was married and tired of touring. (Dolton Records), are now _______________________________________________________, ___________________________________________________________________________________________ 11 Nationally Charted Hit Singles: 1959. 2:11 PREVIEW Graduation's Here. Then he took the tapes to Los Angeles where they were mixed with the instrumental music. And if there's any memory or Blue” was augmented by the jazz guitar of Ray Lanham and Si Zentner’s trombone. There were regular singles releases in 1964 but none charted. The Ventures, the Fleetwoods, Vic Dana and other Dolton acts didn’t play the local ballrooms. The Fleetwoods lip synched the song and it remains one of their best television appearances. 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. including zip code), WA State residents only, Please add 8.5% tax      ($8.50 tax per CD The reason was a simple one. and you may receive up to three CDs sent to the same address _______________________________________________________, ___________________________________________________________________________________________ Reisdorff hated the name, so began thumbing through a telephone book and pulled out a prefix Fleetwood. Gretchen thought of herself as a blues singer, Gary wanted to keep the Fleetwoods intact and Barbara wanted to retire. Reisdorff easily adjusted the sound. Reisdorff and the Dolton label had little to do with the mainstream part of Pacific Northwest rock and roll. Gretchen It was Mr. Blue by the Fleetwoods. Their soft sound and pleasing stage presence increased their bookings dramatically.While touring behind their early hits the Fleetwoods came to San Francisco and met Dewayne Blackwell, the composer of “Mr. The string of hits had been over for more than a decade and the Fleetwoods quietly slipped into the oldies but goodies circuit.The Fleetwoods remain one of the premier soft rock groups who bridged the popular culture gap in the period between Elvis Presley and the Beatles. 2:24 PREVIEW I Care So Much. When Bob Reisdorff, the owner of Dolton Records, insisted that they split the songwriting three ways, this action suggested the song was truly a group collaboration.      Shipping & Handling just $5.40,  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) both are included here. The marketing and distribution that Liberty offered led to the release of thirteen Fleetwood albums. "Come Go With Me". Inquiries, including International Postage & Handling, Totaling fifteen on Money Orders. He preferred to perform and not become part of the teen idol circuit.The British Invasion of 1964 temporarily derailed the Fleetwoods career and Liberty didn’t release any albums for a year. prominently exhibited at the Experience Music Project. He would like to thank Gary Troxel and Gretchen Christopher for their interviews. "Raindrops, Teardrops" Fleetwoods, multi-million-selling Recording Trio, and their founder THE FLEETWOODS' Founder and remit with payment to address at bottom. $4.99 + $2.80 shipping . He also recognized that the Fleetwoods were still a significant act. Listen free to The Fleetwoods – Mr. Blue (Mr. Blue, You Mean Everything to Me).    (Special Person, (flip side of the hit "Come The reason for the furtive release of Fleetwood material was that Gary Troxel went into the U. S. Navy. “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.                         Fleetwoods/Gold Cup Music Confidential (Remastered) 3. With two beautiful young blondes standing beside him, Troxel’s soft vocals and the young women’s lush harmonies created a soft rock ‘n roll revolution. But it was the ‘B’ side of “Mr. 6. This became their professional moniker. 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. In addition the two number one hits, they charted “Graduation’s Here” and “You Mean Everything To Me” in 1959, “Outside My Window” and “Runaround” in 1960, “(He’s) The Great Imposter” and “Tragedy” in 1961, “Lovers By Night, Strangers By Day” in 1962 and, finally, “Goodnight My Love”  in 1963 to end the string of hits. These songs were weak recreations of the original and did little for the Fleetwoods. I never really paid much attention to the Fleetwoods before I saw that performance. It is unclear how long Christopher danced at the Colony but it doesn’t appear to be too long. Three months later “Runaround” backed with “Truly Do” continued the group’s chart hits and “Confidential” b/w “I Love You So” released on November 1, 1960, made it three hits in a row for the Fleetwoods in one year. Grading is subjective, look at the pictures please. Not only was “Come Softly To Me” the first gold record produced in the Pacific Northwest but it gave an impetus to the Frantics, the Wailers, Ron Holden and the Playboys, Little Bill and the Bluenotes and a host of other area bands. "Mr. Blue", Ten more songs, from the original mono masters: Buy Mp3 Music Online / The Fleetwoods / Come Softly To Me - The Very Best Of The Fleetwoods The Fleetwoods — Come Softly To Me - The Very Best Of The Fleetwoods $3.36 They had to perform “Mr. 2004, Register as a friend of Gretchen and handling charge. I never really paid much attention to the Fleetwoods before I saw that performance.   (Special Person, THE Mr. BLUE CD (Information & order form below) ACQUIRE the Limited Edition signed Mr. BLUE CD for your Collection: Recorded a cappella in Seattle, with just a few instruments over dubbed in L.A., Mr. BLUE, the first of 15 LPs, is also the first Original Fleetwoods Album Mail $5.40: Thanks! Editor’s Note: Howard promoted dances at Dick Parker’s Ballroom in Seattle in 1958. THE ), Click on Icon to download “The Ed Sullivan Show,” on the other hand, was an unmitigated disaster. By the time of its release, Dolphin had changed its name to Dolton. Number sticker on one side. Thank you. the first of 15 LPs, is also the first Original "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. Serenade of the Bells (Remastered) 7. And There were a few Fleetwood appearances with Vic Dana as a stand in but since Gary was in the navy for only six months, Dana’s tenure was a brief and generally insignificant one.   She says that she filled in two shows for Pat Suzuki when the star became ill. Before she left the Colony, Christopher gave Bobrow, a former disc jockey, the tape that she had cut with her two friends.Bobrow had lunch with Bob Reisdorff of C and C Record Distributor who was on the verge of forming Dolphin Records. 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. 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