Friday, May 20, 2011

The Fleetwoods

The Fleetwoods
 Remember "puppy love". Remember the first time you and your gal or guy had a special "song" ?  That song you thought belonged to the two of you and no one else ? Do you remember the girl or guy ? Do you remember the song ? 

I can and I can. It's o.k. to remember dumb stuff. It'll help you relate to your children or in my case grand kids. It still happens I'm told.

The Fleetwoods

The Fleetwoods seemed to be singing directly into our confused little heads. Their stories about young love and heartbreak reached into our sensitive little hormone packed hearts.

In reality, we needed someone to sing softly of love and romance. The beat was faster and we were rocking but we little rockers needed that "slow dance" as bad as any generation. The Fleetwoods and the rest of doo-wop groups gave us what we were missing. They were giving us our romantic moments. 

The Fleetwoods

The Fleetwoods brought that to us all the way from Olympia, Washington. As far as I know this was the first northwest coast influence. The rock music seemed to be touching every corner of the U.S. and Europe. Maybe more I don't know. 

Breaking into the business in 1959 they had two Number One hits. Pretty good for their first two efforts. Not bad for two 19's and a 20 year old. They had 8 more hits and seemed to be doing well until Gary was drafted. If that were not enough the next year gave us the British invasion.  It was all downhill from 64.

Mr. Blue by The Fleetwoods

If you get a chance, listen to their a cappella version of "Unchained Melody". It is amazing.  As long as your there, check out the intricate vocal arrangement on Run Around. I had forgotten how much talent these kids had. 

They didn't have a huge number of hits. They didn't last for a gillion years. But damn they were good while they had the chance. That puts them into:

        "The Fan's Hall of Fame"

Y'all enjoy !

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