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Encyclopedia > The Fleetwoods

The Fleetwoods were a singing trio from Olympia, Washington, USA. Singing is the act of producing musical sounds with the voice, often constrasted with speech. ... State Capitol and waterfront, Olympia, Washington. ...


Gary Troxel and Gretchen Christopher were two high schoolers waiting for Gretchen's mother to pick them up after school to take them home. They started singing and humming a song together, and liked it enough to ask Gretchen's friend and singing partner, Barbara Ellis, to join them as a trio to perform it. The song was at first called "Come Softly" and the group was named "Two Girls and a Guy," but both were changed en route to the song's becoming a hit. They performed the song twice at school functions and their classmates wanted recordings of it so they could learn the song. After six months, they got the song recorded. They sang it a capella, then dubbed the instrumental accompaniment, consisting only of Latin-styled acoustic guitar and the rhythmic shaking of Troxel's car keys. A cappella music is vocal music or singing without instrumental accompaniment, or a piece intended to be performed in this way. ... An acoustic guitar is a modern form of guitar descended from the Classical guitar, but generally strung with steel strings for a brighter, louder sound. ... Rhythm (Greek ρυθμός = tempo) is the variation of the duration of sounds or other events over time. ...


Bob Reisdorf, the owner of Dolphin Records (later changed to Dolton Records), was responsible for the name changes. He thought that the title was too risque, so he had it changed to "Come Softly to Me," and he also thought that "Two Girls and a Guy" didn't sound commercial enough. The three singers all lived in an area where the local telephone exchange name was Fleetwood, and they took their new name from the exchange, becoming The Fleetwoods. Dolton Records was a record label based in Seattle which was originally Dolphin Records. ... In the field of telecommunications, a telephone exchange (US: telephone switch) is a piece of equipment that connects phone calls. ...


The song was also recorded by some other artists, and Frankie Vaughan and the Kaye Sisters in particular had a chart hit in the United Kingdom with it. Frankie Vaughan (February 3, 1928-September 17, 1999) was a singer of traditional pop music in the United Kingdom. ...


The Fleetwoods continued to record into the 1960s, with a number of other successes, though none so big as "Come Softly to Me" Their second hit, "Mr. Blue," however, was one of the few recordings by a white group to make the rhythm & blues chart as well as the pop music chart. Rhythm and blues (or R & B) is a musical marketing term introduced in the United States in the late 1940s by Billboard magazine. ... This article mainly describes pop as used in its more recent sense, as a subgenre of popular music. ...


Gretchen was born on February 29th, 1940; The same day that Frederic would have been finally able to leave the Pirates of Penzance February 29 is the 60th day of a leap year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 306 days remaining. ... The Pirates of Penzance, or The Slave of Duty, is a Gilbert and Sullivan comic operetta in two acts. ...


Fleetwoods' Hits

  • Come Softly to Me - 1959 (Gold Record)
  • Mr. Blue - 1959 (Gold Record)
  • Graduation's Here - 1959
  • You Mean Everything to Me - 1959
  • Runaround - 1960
  • Outside My Window - 1960
  • The Last One to Know - 1960
  • Tragedy - 1961
  • The Great Imposter - 1962
  • Lovers by Night, Strangers by Day - 1962
  • Goodnight My Love - 1963

1959 was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1959 was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1959 was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1959 was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1960 was a leap year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1960 was a leap year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1960 was a leap year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1961 was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1962 was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1962 was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1963 was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ...

External links

  • Fleetwoods Home Page
  • Pacific Northwest Bands page on The Fleetwoods

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