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Posted By: Bob Mathers on: 05/08/2016 05:59:28 EDT|
Subject: RE: The Fleetwoods - Mr. Blue, Take#2
Interesting piece of audio John.|
Several years back I interviewed Gretchen Christopher at length about the whole Fleetwoods experience. If I locate the tape, I will clean it up and place it on the site for all to hear.
She shared some interesting things in that talk. Regarding their hits, she said they developed their style with a heavy jazz influence. Which is easy to pick up through use of the oboe and other instruments in the songs.
Unfortunately (and I didn't probe in this area when we talked because Gretchen was a nice lady and most accommodating but very much wanting to prioritize promoting her recording efforts at the time), original members of the group had some conflicts along the way and several versions of the Fleetwoods sprung up, resulting in hard feelings and reportedly some litigation.
Which as you and I know....happens all too frequently in the music biz.
Hope you are well.