Mr. Blue by The Fleetwoods

 

“Mack The Knife” by Bobby Darin dominated the BILLBOARD Hot 100 during the fall of 1959. It reached the top of the chart on October 5, 1959, and remained in that position for nine of the next ten weeks. The only time it was not number one was the weeks of November 16, when it slipped to number two.

Enter The Fleetwoods, who had a number one hit back in April with “Come Softly To Me.” They and their song “Mr. Blue” managed to spend the week of November 16, 1959 as the number one song in the country before “Mack The Knife” returned to the top position.

Very few groups ever reach the top of the charts; never mind two number ones in the same year. The problem was lead singer Gary Troxel entered the military and so they were unable to tour. They did keep releasing singles but would only have one more top ten hit.

The Fleetwoods split in 1966 but have re-united a number of times down through the years. They left behind two wonderful million selling pop hits.

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