Today, "Come Softly To Me"
and its writers are cited as BMI "Million Airs" with
nearly three million USA
radio air-plays logged by Broadcast Music, Inc. The
now-classic song appeals to all ages and has gained
new fans through inclusion in such motion pictures as STAND
BY ME; CLEAN AND
CROSSING DELANCEY, in which it is the recurring love theme.
Among movies of the new millennium,
28 DAYS includes "Come Softly To Me"
and its writers in the credits.
"Mr. Blue" and "(He's) The Great Imposter"
enliven the soundtracks of AMERICAN GRAFFITI;
DINER; RETURN TO
NATIONAL LAMPOON'S VACATION; and
AMERICAN HOT WAX in which The Fleetwoods are portrayed.
Today, The Fleetwoods remain the first group in the world to
have two #1
Billboard's Hot 100 in a single year.
An accomplishment held exclusively
for the first seven years of Rock & Roll history,
according to author(ities) Fred Bronson's THE BILLBOARD BOOK OF
NUMBER ONE HITS,
and Joel Whitburn's THE BILLBOARD TOP 10 SINGLES CHARTS
network television appearances,
are now featured on DICK CLARK'S BEST OF BANDSTAND video,
AMERICAN BANDSTAND'S40TH ANNIVERSARY television special.
Taped live in the '90s,
DANCIN' TO THE OLDIES
THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW is currently
licensing to share
The Fleetwoods' performance with the world,
in this new millennium.
CDs as THE BEST OF THE FLEETWOODS (Rhino), THE VERY BEST OF THE
(EMI/ERG), GREATEST HITS (CEMA), and MR. BLUE (Vanmeter) are
becoming collector items.
A limited number of MR. BLUE CDs are now available at the
and concerts, for signing.
TIME/LIFE is currently flashing vintage video clips of The
Fleetwoods on TV,
to promote their inclusion on the newest TIMIE/LIFE
Gretchen Christopher's autobiographical solo CD is a concept
album which includes
new recordings of the first hits she co wrote,
"Come Softly To Me" and "Graduation's Here", and a wealth of her
They create an intimate soundtrack of her life, from age 16 to the present,
when, as a leap year baby, she celebrates, Gretchen's SWEET SIXTEEN! (SUITE 16).
it as a Billboard Critics' Pick for 10 BEST ALBUMS of 2007,
BIllboard 'Chart Beat' Columnist Fred Bronson writes (for the
bible of the industry, Billboard.com), "The former Fleetwoods
born Feb. 29, celebrates her '16th birthday' by turning
her life into a stunning suite of 16 songs."
more than four decades, 11 hit singles, 15 albums and 6 CDs, The
Fleetwoods' Founder, Female
Lead Vocalist, Arranger and BMI Million Airs Songwriter, Gretchen
Christopher has remained the one
constant performer of the trio. Following the success of her solo
concerts, in 1982 the group contracted
Gretchen to reorganize The Fleetwoods and serve as Manager with
"the sole authority to bind the Original
and Replacement Fleetwoods by contract for any performance
commitment as manager deems appropriate
to carry out the business of THE FLEETWOODS."
expanded the typical Oldies Concert repertoire (top three Hits) to
a 20-song show, fully choreographed,fast-paced, complete with dialogue and costume changes. Noted as a
that quality has been maintained
nationally and internationally; from the Hollywood Bowl to
from Canada's biggest supper club
(drawing 4,000 - double the legal capacity - despite
Michael Jackson's opening his Victory Tour
just 60 miles away) to the World's Fair in British Columbia: from
the Marina del Rey Music Festival to Vegas in the '90s
Of the Originals, Barbara Ellis retired in 1974,
Gary Troxel gave his written resignation in 1983
and only Gretchen Christopher is authorized to carry on
"The Fleetwoods" per their legal Agreement.
She has trained Replacements on both
(including one who truly has
Fleetwood blood in her veins:
Christopher's "cute cousin
Karen Cone from Connecticut," >>-->
as first introduced at the World's Fair, Expo 86, and of
Barbara Ellis says approvingly,
"She sounds just like me!").
In Seattle, delighting the NAMA Awards audience by wearing the same gown she'd worn
29 years earlier
(on network television when Dick Clark presented the teenagers with their first two Gold Records),
dancer-trim, blonde and blue-eyed Gretchen, in 1988, accepted another Gold Record for the trio
The Fleetwoods were inducted into the Northwest Music HALL OF FAME.
along with a costume from the trio's first tour,
Fleetwoods' multi-million seller Gold Records(now equivalent to multi-Platinum)
exhibited (at the Seattle Center) in the Northwest Passage at
EXPERIENCE MUSIC PROJECT (EMP). For the EMP's grand opening,
June of 2000,
Gretchen performed "Come Softly To Me"
a cappella with audience participation,
causing an upsurge of
engagements for The Fleetwoods' timeless hits
Gretchen's new songs.
together and separately, Gretchen Christopher and The
Fleetwoods carry on the name
interspersing The Fleetwoods appearances with solo concerts.
benefit survivors of the September 11, 2001, terrorists attacks on
Gretchen dedicated one of her solo
concerts to an evening of fundraising.
October 13th, (chosen in
memory of the birth date, life, love and loss of her
Dawn Christopher, 1964 - 2001),
transported the audience beyond the tragedies, with
and two hours of her new music
and Fleetwoods hits, contributing
Salvation Army and American Red Cross)
all proceeds of her work,
"Come Softly To Me" For Peace on Earth.