A new version of Last.fm is available, to keep everything running smoothly, please reload the site. The new name of the group, The Fleetwoods, was based on the telephone exchanges in the areas where the three members lived, Fleetwood2-xxxx and Fleetwood7-xxxx. Submit Corrections. The trio consisted of Gretchen Christopher, Barbara Ellis and Gary Troxell, who were all students at an Olympia high school. Barbara is retired from performing. Try our signature meal - the Ultimate Surf & Turf with Mick's favorite beef Wellington. I appreciate it.” Fleetwood's marriage finally broke down with Jenny Boyd in 1978. Originally, the group consisted only of Christopher and Ellis, but the duo soon asked Troxell to accompany them on trumpet. 1959. The original members of the group, Gary Troxel, Gretchen Christopher, and Barbara Ellis, met when they were seniors at Olympia High School in Olympia, Washington. Rock & Blues News told The Fleetwoods’ story in 1999. Originally a female duo, they initially recruited Gary to play trumpet. They started singing and humming a song together, and liked it enough to ask Christopher's friend and singing partner, Barbara Ellis (b. February 20, 1940, Olympia, Washington), to join them as a trio to perform it. Their second hit, "Mr. Blue," was one of the few recordings by a white singing group to make the rhythm & blues chart. She has three children and three grandsons. She had worked for several agencies. The Fleetwoods were an American singing group from Olympia, Washington, United States, whose members were Gary Troxel, Gretchen Christopher, and Barbara Ellis. Let us know what you think of the Last.fm website. Her husband is a retired Credit Union CEO. In a time when teens were driving their parents crazy with rock and roll, The Fleetwoods were a breath of fresh air. All user-contributed text on this page is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. The Fleetwoods Biography by Stephen Thomas Erlewine + Follow Artist. Mick Fleetwood said, “This is a wonderfully inspiring marriage between two creative partners that understand all aspects of the business. Gary Troxel (b. November 28, 1939, Centralia, Washington) and Gretchen Christopher (b. February 29, 1940, Olympia, Washington) were two high school students waiting for Christopher's mother to pick them up after school. The Fleetwoods' version of "Come Softly To Me" can be heard on a portable radio at one point in the 1986 movie, Stand By Me, which was set in Washington state. Fleetwood Mac, which has sold more than 100 million records, is announcing a new tour today that kicks off in October. She retired from the state of Washington. With four gold records to their credit, the group has secured its place in musical history, having been inducted into the Northwest Rock & Roll Hall of Fame - a crowning achievement in a career that sprang from overnight success and grew to national stardom. gtag('config', 'UA-149486759-1'); The Fleetwoods were one of America's most popular doo-wop groups in the late '50s. He started pursuing his passion at the age of 15. They were responsible for the hit song "Come Softly to Me". Singer/keyboardist Christine McVie, from left, bassist John McVie and singer/songwriter Stevie Nicks perform onstage with Fleetwood Mac at the … Serving exquisite food, an exceptional wine list, cutting edge cocktails, and over the top service- we welcome you to the only restaurant with two floors of live entertainment and the only ro The Fleetwoods continued to record into the 1960s, with a number of other successes, although none so big as "Come Softly to Me". The Fleetwoods L to R: Barbara Ellis, Gray Troxel and Gretchen Christopher The Fleetwods were unique among the vocal groups in that their angelic, mellow style proved popular not only with their predominantly white pop audience, but with R&B 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. They released their first album in the year 1968 which was titled as Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac… Chart fame was instant for the distinctive trio and the haunting and catchy song (on which the vocal was recorded a cappella) shot to the top in the U.S. charts. The Fleetwoods were a singing trio from Olympia, Washington, United States; formed in the late 1950s. function gtag(){dataLayer.push(arguments);} Three decades later, The Fleetwoods reunited with Troxel, Christopher and a new member in the name of Cheryl Huggins (Ellis had since retired from singing) to do a tour to perform their old classics to nostalgic audiences, following the release of the compilation disc on Rhino records, The Best of The Fleetwoods. Foremost, BMG understands the … But CBS reports that the band has waded through the drama to sell over 100 million records as of 2017. Enjoy live music and a lively ambiance inside in our dining room, or outside on our open air rooftop! 11 Nationally Charted Hit Singles: 1959. The two #1 Hits: "Come Softly To Me" & "Mr. Blue" Gretchen : Gary : Barbara : THE FLEETWOODS were one of the few white vocal groups in the '50s and '60s They performed the song twice at school functions, and their classmates wanted recordings of it so they could learn the song. In the early 1980’s Gary teamed up again with Gretchen and replacement Cheryl Huggins. "The Chain" was created from combinations of several previously rejected materials, including solo work by Buckingham, Nicks and Christine McVie. The Fleetwoods The Fleetwoods were one of America's most popular doo-wop groups in the late '50s. Over the last five decades, the members of Fleetwood Mac have weathered a bevy of tumultuous relationships and numerous changes of staff. Gary says that both Cheryl and Bonnie are able to do the close harmony and sound just like Barbara and Gretchen. The original set-up consisted of Gary Troxel, Gretchen Christopher and Barbara Ellis. Read The Fleetwoods - then and now. To this day, The Fleetwoods remain the only mixed gender trio to have multiple #1 hits! Originally a female duo, they initially recruited Gary to play trumpet. He also thought that the group's original name wasn't commercial-sounding enough. When Gretchen decided she wanted to stay home and be a wife and mother, Barbara and Gary did a couple of shows together and re-recorded their hits for K-Tel records. The year was 1959. He thought that the title was too risque and not commercial-sounding enough, so he had it changed to "Come Softly to Me". Graduation’s … Bonnie and her husband met at Grays Harbor Community College. Gretchen Christopher, Barbara Ellis, and Gary Troxell formed the Fleetwoods while attending high school in Olympia, WA. In 1997, Gary, Cheryl and Bonnie recorded Little Altar Boy for the Street Carols December Voices CD. The fact that Rumours, Fleetwood Mac’s hit album, was ever finished, let alone stayed atop the charts for 31 weeks, win the Grammy for Album … To book The Fleetwoods, jump to the Contact Us page. THE FLEETWOODS were the first group (of any size or gender) to have TWO #1 Records top the Billboard Hot 100 in a single year! But lead guitarist Lindsey … When Fleetwood told Lindsey Buckingham he and Nicks were together, he reportedly said: “Nice of you to tell me. Fleetwood Mac are a British-American rock band, originally formed in London.Formed in July … The beginning of the end for the group came when Troxel was drafted into the U.S. Navy. Connect your Spotify account to your Last.fm account and scrobble everything you listen to, from any Spotify app on any device or platform. The Fleetwoods were a 1950s trio out of Olympia, WA, who had several hit records, including the "doo-wop" standards "Come Softly to Me" (1959) and "Mr. Blue" (1959). Fleetwood's is open for Dinner on both levels daily from 5pm-10pm. Gary Troxel is flanked by group members Gretchen Christopher and Barbara Ellis to create a sound unlike anything else I have ever heard. Despite Gary's absence, the hits continued and they totaled nine Top 40 hits between 1959 and 1963 and included the number 10 hit Tragedy, a revival of the Thomas Wayne song. By early 1971, with Christine McVie becoming an official member of the band, Fleetwood and the group boarded a plane to San Francisco. Mick Fleetwood was passionate about music since his childhood. Bonnie Hannukaine grew up in Aberdeen, Washington. The song was originally called "Come Softly", and the group was originally named Two Girls and a Guy, but both were changed en route to the song becoming a hit. Come Softly to Me (Gold Record) 16 weeks Read the Lyrics #1. They perform regularly at “oldies” concerts, special private functions and class reunions. The Fleetwoods were a 1950s trio out of Olympia, WA, who had several hit records, including the "doo-wop" standards "Come Softly to Me" (1959) and "Mr. Blue" (1959). The court held that under the United States Constitution, non-parents seeking custody or visitation rights of a child against the wishes of the child's parents must prove that the parents are not acting in the best interest of the child in refusing custody or visitation. Find album reviews, stream songs, credits and award information for The Best of the Fleetwoods - The Fleetwoods on AllMusic - 1990 - Rhino's Best of the Fleetwoods contains all of… Members Gretchen Christopher (vocals), Gary Robert Troxel (vocals, 1958-83), Barbara Ellis (vocals, 1958-74) Fleetwood's on Front St. is a restaurant and bar owned by rock and roll icon Mick Fleetwood in Maui, Hawaii. The girls had composed a song while, independently, Gary had written a hook that went “n-do-be-do dum dum-dum do dum.” They put them together and Come Softly To Me was born. Let us know what you think of the Last.fm website. In 1990 Christopher and Troxel gigged as the Fleetwoods, with Cheryl Huggins in Ellis' place, to capitalize on the release of Rhino Records' Fleetwoods retrospective, The Best of the Fleetwoods. 2006-Doo Wopp Hall of Fame of America To really confuse things, Jenny previously also had an affair with former Fleetwood Mac member and Fleetwood's former best friend, Bob Weston. Mr. Blue, a Dewayne Blackwell song originally written for the Platters, was also number 1 and made Gary one of the leaders in the teen idol stakes. In the midst of their success he had to serve 2 years active duty in the Navy, his place being taken when necessary by later solo star Vic Dana. In 1987/1988 Gary and Cheryl performed as The Fleetwoods with Candy Johnson of Missoula, Montana. After this band, Mick worked in other bands too, and in the year 1967, he formed the band titled Fleetwood Mac with other band members including Bob Brunning, Jeremy Spencer, and Peter Green. Artist descriptions on Last.fm are editable by everyone. According to Jerry Osborne's Ask Mr. Music column (6/12/06), "From 1940 through 1969, The Fleetwoods are the only mixed-gender trio to have more than one No 1 hit." Additionally, the British Invasion of the mid 1960s ended the public's taste for sweet, melodic music. He started his career as a drummer, and soon he became part of the band The Cheynes in the year 1963. Danny Kirwan joined as … The Fleetwoods story is one shrouded in myth and the group was plagued from the beginning by internal dissension. Feel free to contribute! The Fleetwoods were an American singing group from Olympia, Washington, United States, whose members were Gary Troxel, Gretchen Christopher, and Barbara Ellis. Leave feedback. Find The Fleetwoods bio, music, credits, awards, & streaming links on AllMusic - Doo wop combo whose forte was balladry, including… In 1989, Bonnie Hannukaine joined with Gary and Cheryl to make up the group as they appear today. The sale of Fleetwood's recorded music rights marks the third time in less than two months that a member of Fleetwood Mac has sold all or part of … BMI Special Citation of Achievement (2-million broadcasts of Come Softly), Northwest Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (1988), Voice of America Certificate of Appreciation (1996), Doo-Wopp Hall of Fame of America - Lead Singer 2006, 2006 Vocal Group Hall of Fame ~ Induction Ceremony 2008. Cheryl Huggins grew up in Montana and moved to Olympia, Washington in 1978. A trio of vocalists from the 1950s and '60s, who met in Washington during their high school years. This is a hassle-free site -- no popups, no animations, no user IDs, no cookies, no spyware, and no huge graphics. "Come Softly to Me" was also recorded by Frankie Vaughan and The Kaye Sisters, who had a chart hit in the United Kingdom with the song. Barbara Ellis Gretchen Christopher Vic Dana Gary Troxel . Fleetwood Mac are a British-American rock band, formed in London in 1967. Bob Reisdorf, the owner of Dolphin Records (later changed to Dolton Records), was responsible for the changes to the group name and song title. After six months, they got the track recorded. Group Members. The Fleetwoods continued to record into the 1960s, with a number of other successes, although none so big as "Come Softly to Me". gtag('js', new Date()); By the late 1970s, Troxel was working in a plywood plant, Ellis was managing a trailer park in Canada, and Christopher was a housewife and modern dance teacher. Enjoy. The new name of the group, The Fleetwoods, was based on the telephone exchanges in the areas where the three members lived, Fleetwood2-xxxx and Fleetwood7-xxxx. The Fleetwoods Olympia, Washington 1958 - Present Members Gretchen Diane Christopher Barbara Liane Ellis Gary Robert Troxel HALL OF FAME INDUCTIONS, CELEBRATING THE FLEETWOODS: 1988 Northwest Area Music Association Hall of Fame. In 2018, according to Rolling Stone, the band fired longtime player Lindsey Buckingham and replaced him with stellar performers Mike … "The Chain" is a song by the British-American rock band Fleetwood Mac, released on their 1977 Rumours. Mr. Blue (Gold Record) 20 weeks #1. The Fleetwoods performed a few “oldies” revival shows in the early 1970’s. They sang it a cappella, then dubbed the instrumental accompaniment, consisting only of Latin-styled acoustic guitar and the rhythmic shaking of Troxel's car keys. The original members of the group, Gary Troxel, Gretchen Christopher, and Barbara Ellis, met when they were seniors at Olympia High School in Olympia, Washington. They own and operate a sign business in Olympia, Washington. 1959. Fleetwood and bassist John McVie cofounded the band with Green in 1967; its most commercially successful lineup formed when Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham — both of whom … She has two children and four grandchildren. It is the only song from the album credited to all five members (Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, Christine McVie, John McVie, and Mick Fleetwood). We highly recommend reservations at lea window.dataLayer = window.dataLayer || []; Doo wop combo whose forte was balladry, including their best known hit "Come Softly to … Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. The trio consisted of Gretchen Christopher, Barbara Ellis and Gary Troxell, who were all students at an Olympia high school. 2005 Olympia High School Alumni Association Hall of Fame. Gretchen continues to perform as a solist as Gretchen Christopher of The Fleetwoods. 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