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Next week we’re gonna party like it’s 1959

Post by Ernest Jasmin on April 4, 2009 at 12:01 am with No Comments
April 4, 2009 12:01 am

My cover story for Sunday’s SoundLife section revisits 1959, the year the original Northwest Sound cracked the pop charts, and South Sound artists like the Wailers, the Ventures and the Fleetwoods helped put Washington on the musical map.

My story was inspired by a couple of Seattle shows set for next weekend. The Ventures/Wailers 50th anniversary show will take place on Friday (April 10) at the Moore, and the Ultimate Doo-Wop show, featuring Gary Troxel’s revamped Fleetwoods lineup (minus founding members Gretchen Christopher and Barb Ellis) will be at the Paramount on April 11. So in the days leading up to those shows, I’ll be posting clips from the folks who helped lay the foundation for five decades of Northwest trend setters that have followed.

I’ll start with a couple of clips from my interview with Troxel …

“We were kids all right …

How “Come Softly to Me” helped launch Dolton Records

… and a few clips from Fleetwoods hits for the uninitiated.

“Come Softly to Me”

“Mr. Blue”

“The Great Imposter”

An early promo shot of the Fleetwoods (from left) Barbara Ellis, Gary Troxel and Gretchen Christopher.


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