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Fleetwoods, The

When childhood friends Barbara Ellis and Gretchen Christopher joined forces with Gary Troxel in Washington, the group Two Girls and A Guy was born.

After performing Come Softly To Me at school events,  they were persuaded to record it.

After they changed their name to The Fleetwoods, the track became their debut release on the newly-formed Dolphin label, which was later re-named Dolton and distributed by Liberty. The song took the #1 spot in the US in 1959 and peaked at #6 in the UK.

The third Fleetwood’s single was another softly sung ballad (Mr Blue) which, like their first, also hit the #1 spot. Their other major hit was Tragedy, released in early 1961.

Come Softly To Me was covered successfully in 1972 by British group, The New Seekers.

Barbara Ellis
Gretchen Christopher
Gary Troxel