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"Mr. Blue" by The Fleetwoods
"Then turn around, head for the lights of town, hurtin' me through and through, call me Mr. Blue"

The Fleetwoods, (Barbara Ellis, Gretchen Christopher, and Gary Troxel) had their first number one recording in 1959, "Come Softly to Me." Producer Bob Reisdorf came up with a followup he thought could be just as big, a song written by Dewayne Blackwell for The Platters. Gretchen thought it was a great song and told Blackwell he should record it himself -- Gary Troxel wasn't as enthusiastic about the record. Blackwell thought the song would get more airplay being recorded by The Fleetwoods. The song was released in September and reached #1 on November 16th. The Fleetwoods continued recording success was limited by Troxel's enlistment in the Naval Reserves.

 


 

 

LYRICS:
Our guardian star lost all his glow
The day that I lost you
He lost all his glitter the day you said, no
And his silver turned to blue
Like him, I am doubtful that your love is true
But if you decide to call on me
Ask for Mr. Blue
I'm Mr. Blue (wah-a-wah-ooh)
When you say you love me (ah, Mr. Blue)
Then prove it by goin' out on the sly
Provin' your love isn't true
Call me Mr. Blue
I'm Mr. Blue (wah-a-wah-ooh)
When you say you're sorry (ah, Mr. Blue)
Then turn around, head for the lights of town
Hurtin' me through and through
Call me Mr. Blue
I stay at home at night (I stay at home)
Right by the phone at night (right by the phone)
But you won't call
And I-I won't hu-urt my pride (call me Mr)
I won't tell you (wah-a-wah-ooh)
Why you paint the town (ah, Mr. Blue)
A bright red to turn it upside down
I'm paintin' it too
But I'm paintin' it blue
Call me Mr. Blue (wah-a-wah-ooh)
Call me Mr. Blue (wah-a-wah-ooh)
Call me Mr. Blue

week debuted highest ranking Date Highest Rank Weeks in Top Twenty Weeks in Top Forty BillBoard Rank Cashbox Ranking GT rank
1959 9 14 1 1959 11 16 14 17 10 16 13