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The Fleetwoods' Gretchen Christopher Reflects on Topping the Hot 100 60 Years Ago Today

By WJAM-99.9 JAMZ Tampa, Apr 14 2019 07:26PM

One day they were three students singing at their high school football game. Then, seemingly overnight, they had the No. 1 song in the country and were being introduced on primetime television by Dick Clark. It was an amazing ride for the vocal group known as the Fleetwoods, who first claimed the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 exactly 60 years ago (April 13, 1959) with "Come Softly to Me." Seven months later, the trio was back in pole position with "Mr. Blue," making chart history as the first group to have two No. 1 hits in the same calendar year.

The Fleetwoods went on to have 11 entries on the Hot 100 before calling it a day, though reunions happened from time to time. Billboard caught up with founding member Gretchen Christopher to talk about 60 years of Fleetwoods history.

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