Groupe Doo Wop US formé en 1958 à Olympia (Washington), les Fleetwoods étaient composés de Gretchen Christopher, Barbara Ellis et du trompettiste Gary Troxel. Ils se sont séparés en 1963.

Although the Fleetwoods' sound was smooth, without many of the rougher edges of doo wop groups, they were one of the few white Vocals groups of the late '50s and early '60s to enjoy success not only on the pop charts, but also the R&B charts. Their forte was ballads -- beginning with the 1959 debut single "Come Softly to Me," they racked up a number of hits over the next three years, and nearly all of them were ballads. the Fleetwoods broke up in 1963, but their songs -- particularly "Come Softly to Me" -- became pop/rock classics of the pre-British Invasion era.
Gretchen Christopher, Barbara Ellis, and Gary Troxell formed the Fleetwoods while attending high school in Olympia, WA. Originally, the group consisted only of Christopher and Ellis, but the duo soon asked Troxell to accompany them on trumpet. Shortly after his arrival in the group, Troxell abandoned the trumpet and concentrated on singing once the other two members heard a portion of a song he had written. With some notable contributions from Christopher and Ellis, the group wrote "Come Softly to Me" and began performing the song at various events around Olympia, eventually gaining the attention of Bob Reisdorff, who ran the Seattle-based label Dolphin Records.
Dolphin released "Come Softly to Me" early in 1959 and the song became an instant hit, climbing to number one on the pop charts and number five on the R&B charts; it also reached the Top Ten in U.K. 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. By the time of its release, Dolphin had changed its name to Dolton. For the next three years, the Fleetwoods had a string of minor pop hits. The group wasn't able to consistently place singles in the upper regions of the charts partially because Troxell was drafted into the Navy at the height of the group's popularity at the end of 1959. Troxell was replaced by Vic Dana, who would later have a string of his own hit singles in the early '60s.
The Fleetwoods' last Top Ten single arrived in the spring of 1961, when "Tragedy" climbed the U.S. charts. The group disbanded two years later, after releasing its final single, a cover of Jesse Belvin's "Goodnight My Love." Over the next three decades, the Fleetwoods reunited occasionally to perform concerts and appear in oldies revues. In 1973, the group recorded an album with producer Jerry Dennon, but the resulting recordings were unsuccessful. In 1990, the Fleetwoods -- featuring Christopher, Troxell, and instead of Ellis a singer named Cheryl Huggins -- played a tour on the American oldies circuit after Rhino released the compact disc collection The Best of the Fleetwoods

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Style musical : Doo Wop, Pop

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COME SOFTLY TO ME (1959)

MR. BLUE (1959)

In The Still Of The Nite (1962)

Years in activity :

1910 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 2000 10

DISCOGRAPHY

Singles & EP

02/1959 SP DOLPHIN 1 (US) . Come Softly To Me / I Care So Much
04/1959 SP LIBERTY F-55188 (US) . Come Softly To Me / I Care So Much
04/1959 SP LIBERTY 7-77188 (US) (special edition) . Come Softly To Me / I Care So Much
05/1959 SP DOLTON 3 (US) . Graduation's Here / Oh Lord, Let It Be
05/1959 SP DOLTON 22-3 (US) (special edition) . Graduation's Here / Oh Lord, Let It Be
08/1959 SP DOLTON 5 (US) Mr. Blue / You Mean Everything To Me
1959 EP TOP RANK / ARTECO RES 102 (F)

Little boy in love (Jimmy CLANTON) / My own true love (Jimmy CLANTON) /  Mr. Blue / You Mean Everything To Me

01/1960 SP DOLTON 15 (US) . Outside My Window / Magic Star
1960 SP TOP RANK 45-JAR 294  (UK) Outside My Window / Magic Star
05/1960 SP DOLTON 22 (US) Runaround / Truly Do
09/1960 SP DOLTON 27 (US) . Dormilona / The Last One To Know
11/1960 SP DOLTON 30 (US) . Confidential / I Love You So
1960 EP LONDON REU 10028 (F) Come Softly To Me / I Care Too Much / Graduations Here / Oh, Lord Let It Be
04/1961 SP DOLTON 40 (US) . Little Miss Sad One / Tragedy
08/1961 SP DOLTON 45 (US) . (He's) The Great Imposter / Poor Little Girl
1961 SP LIBERTY 54515 (US) .

Come Softly To Me / Mr. Blue

1961 SP LIBERTY 54516 (US) .

Runaround / Confidential

1961 SP LIBERTY 54517 (US) .

Tragedy / (He's) The Great Imposter

1961 EP LONDON REU 10090 (F)

Confidential / I love you so / Tragedy / Little miss sad one

02/1962 SP DOLTON 49 (US) . Billy Old Buddy/ Trouble
08/1962 SP DOLTON 62 (US) . Lovers By Night Strangers By Day / They Tell Me It's Summer
03/1963 SP DOLTON 74 (US) . Sure Is Lonesome Downtown / You Should Have Been There
05/1963 SP DOLTON 75 (US) . Goodnight My Love / Jimmy Beware
11/1963 SP DOLTON 86 (US) . What'll I Do / Baby Bye-O
1963 EP DOLTON BEP-502 (US)

Runaround / Mr. Blue / Outside My Window / Come Softly To Me                      

04/1964 SP DOLTON 93 (US) .

Ruby Red, Baby Blue / Lonesome Town

07/1964 SP DOLTON 97 (US) .

Ska Light, Ska Bright / Ten Times Blue

08/1964 SP DOLTON 98 (US) .

Mr. Sandman / This Is My Prayer

11/1964 SP DOLTON 302 (US) . Before And After / Lonely Is As Lonely Does
07/1965 SP DOLTON 307 (US) .

Come Softly To Me / I'm Not Jimmy

09/1965 SP DOLTON 310 (US) .

Rainbow / Just As I Need You

01/1966 SP DOLTON 315 (US) . For Lovin' Me / This Is Where I See Her
1973 SP UNITED ARTISTS XW38 (US) .

Come Softly To Me / Runaround

1973 SP UNITED ARTISTS XW39 (US) .

Mr. Blue / Tragedy

1988 CD RHINO R3 73009 (US) . Mr. Blue / Come Softly To Me / Tragedy / Runaround
1992 SP COLLECTABLES COL-6013 (US) .

Mr. Blue / Come Softly To Me            

1993 SP COLLECTABLES COL-6097 (US) .

Tragedy / He's The Great Imposter







Albums

1959 LP 12" DOLTON BLP-8001 (mono) / BST-8001 (stereo) (US) MR. BLUE - Confidential / The Three Caballeros / Raindrops Teardrops / You Mean Everything To Me / Oh Lord Let It Be / Come Softly To Me / Serenade Of The Bells / Unchained Melody / We Belong Together / Come Go With Me / I Care So Much / Mr. Blue
1960 LP 12" DOLTON BLP-8002 (mono) / BST-8002 (stereo) (US) THE FLEETWOODS - GRETCHEN, GARY, BARBARA - Bye Bye Blackbird / Truly Do / Skylark / My Sister's Love / Runaround / Happy Happy Birthday Baby / I Believe /One For My Baby / Once In A While / Turtle Dove / Time Of Love / Outside My Window
1961 LP 12" DOLTON BLP-8005 (mono) / BST-8005 (stereo) (US) SOFTLY - The Little White Cloud That Cried / Tragedy / Dormilona / I'm So Alone / Days Dwindle By / Nancy / Their Hearts Were Full Of Spring / Little Miss Sad One / I Love You So / Love Drop / The Last One To Know / Love Alone
07/1961 LP 12" DOLTON BLP-8007 (mono) / BST-8007 (stereo) (US) DEEP IN A DREAM - Lavender Blue / Poor Little Girl / Daddy's Home / A Teenager In Love / Paradise Lost / Hey Little Tear / Little Girl Blue / Great Impostor / Lah-Dee-Dah / Blues Go Away / Lonely Cup Of Coffee / One Little Star
1962 LP 12" DOLTON BLP-8011 (mono) / BST-8011 (stereo) (US) THE FLEETWOODS SING THE BEST GOODIES OF THE OLDIES - Over The Mountain Across The Sea / A Thousand Miles Away / Poor Little Fool / Tears On My Pillow / In The Still Of The Nite / To Know Him Is To Love Him / Eddie My Love / Earth Angel / Venus / Happy Happy Birthday Baby / Donna / Bazoom (I Need Your Lovin')
1962 LP 12" DOLTON BLP-8018 (mono) / BST-8018 (stereo) (US) THE FLEETWOODS GREATEST HITS - Mr. Blue / You Mean Everything To Me / Outside My Window / Confidential / Truly Do / Tragedy / Come Softly To Me (45 version) / (He's) The Great Impostor / The Last One To Know / Poor Little Girl / Graduation's Here / Runaround
1962 LP 12" DOLTON BLP-8020 (mono) / BST-8020 (stereo) (US) THE FLEETWOODS SING FOR LOVERS BY NIGHT - Loving You / My Special Lover / Bon Soir Dame / Goodnight My Love / Lovers' Lullaby / If You Were The Only Girl In The World / Pledging My Love / The Twelfth Of Never / I Look At You / Lovers By Night Strangers By Day / Soft Eyes / Let It Be Me
1963 LP 12" DOLTON BLP-8025 (mono) / BST-8025 (stereo) (US) GOODNIGHT MY LOVE - Jimmy San / End Of The World / Sure Is Lonesome Downtown / Magic Star / I Just Can't Live Without You / Every Little Beat / Sad Little Girl / So Much In Love / It's Your Birthday / Figurines / Jimmy Beware / Hurt Him
1964 LP 12" DOLTON BLP-8030 (mono) / BST-8030 (stereo) (US) BEFORE AND AFTER - Softly As I Leave You / Mr. Sandman / Go Away / Little Things / Almost There / Since I Don't Have You / This Is My Prayer / Footsteps / Lonely Is As Lonely Does / What Am I Gonna Do / I'll Be There / Before And After
1965 LP 12" DOLTON BLP-8039 (mono) / BST-8039 (stereo) (US) FOLK ROCK - A Lover's Concerto / All I Really Want To Do / You Can't Grow Peaches On A Cherry Tree / It Ain't Me Babe / Walk Don't Run / For Lovin' Me / You've Got Your Troubles / Not The Lovin' Kind / You Were On My Mind / We'll Sing In The Sunshine / Baby Don't Go / This Is Where I See Her
1966 LP 12" SUNSET SUM 1131 (mono) / SUS-5131 (stereo) (US) THE FLEETWOODS IN A MELLOW MOOD - The Last One To Know / Love Alone / Little Miss Sad One / Days Dwindle By / Hurt Him / Figurines / Jimmy Beware / Dormilona / I Just Can't Live Without You / Love Drop
1975 LP 12" UNITED ARTISTS UA-LA334-E (US) THE VERY BEST OF THE FLEETWOODS - Come Softly To Me / (He's) The Great Impostor / Graduation's Here / We Belong Together / Mr. Blue / Tragedy / Run Around / Goodnight My Love / Confidential / Outside My Window
05/1990 CD RHINO 70980 (US) THE BEST OF THE FLEETWOODS - Come Softly To Me (45 version) / Graduation's Here / Outside My Window / (He's) The Great Impostor (unedited 45 version) / Runaround / Confidential / Tragedy / Mr. Blue / The Last One To Know / Truly Do / Lovers By Night Strangers By Day / Goodnight My Love / Imagination / Climb Ev'ry Mountain / Bye Bye Blackbird / Serenade Of The Bells / A Lover's Concerto / Before And After (Losing You)
1991 CD CEMA 57404 (US) THE FLEETWOODS' GREATEST HITS - Come Softly To Me / Graduation's Here / Mr. Blue / You Mean Everything To Me / Outside My Window / Runaround / Tragedy / (He's) The Great Imposter / Lovers By Night, Strangers By Day / Goodnight My Love
08/1993 CD CAPITOL 98830 (US) COME SOFTLY TO ME - THE VERY BEST OF THE FLEETWOODS - Come Softly To Me / I Care So Much / Graduation's Here / Mr. Blue / Unchained Melody (A Cappella Version) / You Mean Everything To Me / Outside My Window / Runaround / Skylark / The Last One To Know / Confidential / Tragedy / Little Miss Sad One / (He's) The Great Imposter / Lavender Blues / One Little Star / Lovers By Night, Strangers By Day / They Tell Me It's Summer / Goodnight My Love / My Special Lover / Gone / What'll I Do / Ten Times Blue / Before And After (Losing You) / Lonely Is As Lonely Does / Radio Jingle / Come Softly To Me (A Capella Version) / Mr. Blue (A Capella Version)
1997 CD VANMETER ? (US) MR. BLUE - Come Softly To Me / Mr. Blue / Unchained Melody / We Belong Together / Serenade of the Bells / Confidential / Come Go With Me / The Three Caballeros / You Mean Everything To Me / Raindrops, Teardrops / Oh, Lord, Let it Be / I Care So Much / Come Softly To Me / Confidential / Come Go With Me
10/2012 2 CD Jasmine JASCD 722 (UK) Come Softly To Me :
CD 1 : MR. BLUE : Confidential / The Three Caballeros / Raindrops Teardrops / You Mean Everything To Me / Oh Lord Let It Be / Come Softly To Me / Serenade Of The Bells / Unchained Melody / We Belong Together / Come Go With Me / I Care So Much / Mr. Blue / GRETCHEN, GARY, BARBARA : Bye Bye Blackbird / Truly Do / Skylark / My Sister's Love / Runaround / Happy Happy Birthday Baby / I Believe /One For My Baby / Once In A While / Turtle Dove / Time Of Love / Outside My Window
CD 2 : SOFTLY : The Little White Cloud That Cried / Tragedy / Dormilona / I'm So Alone / Days Dwindle By / Nancy / Their Hearts Were Full Of Spring / Little Miss Sad One / I Love You So / Love Drop / The Last One To Know / Love Alone / DEEP IN A DREAM : Lavender Blue / Poor Little Girl / Daddy's Home / A Teenager In Love / Paradise Lost / Hey Little Tear / Little Girl Blue / Great Impostor / Lah-Dee-Dah / Blues Go Away / Lonely Cup Of Coffee / One Little Star

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