I can’t say I had ever heard of The Fleetwoods before listening to this song. But surprisingly, they were very popular in 1959, with this song hitting #1 on April 13th, and staying on top for four weeks. Perhaps the Fleetwoods were just a victim of the similar name game, after all, there was a much more famous band a few years later with “Fleetwood” in their name. But, at the time, the Fleetwoods had a good amount of success with this song, and another, “Mr. Blue,” hitting number one later in the year, making the group the first in the history of the Hot 100 to have two #1 singles in one year (although, to be fair, the Fleetwoods did this 1959, only one year after the creation of the chart).
“Come Softly To Me,” while beautiful in its own right with its softly strummed acoustic guitar and jangling keys used as chimes, is a very nice, very likeable, lullabye like song that I imagine had no real lasting appeal once rock and roll really hit full swing in the 60’s. At the end of the day, it was left behind as another golden oldie, despite it being more popular than a lot of the other chart hits of that period.