“Come Softly to Me”: Cinematically Recast

Crossing Delancey – a surprisingly compelling “small film” about a pickle salesman in pursuit of love – features a soundtrack sprinkled with songs by The Roches, highlighted by their endearing cover of The Fleetwoods’ #1 1959 hit, “Come Softly to Me,” the film score’s emotional centerpiece:

Neither The Roches nor their record label released this version as a single, although they could have.  The song originally appeared on their fifth and final LP for Warner Brothers, Another World, in 1985.

Suzzy Roche with Amy Irving in scene from Crossing Delancey

Suzzy Roche & Amy Irving

“Come Softly to Me” Fun Facts

  • The 7-inch 1959 single by The Fleetwoods was the first release for Dolphin Records, a label that would soon be rechristened Dolton (since Dolphin was already in use for a Laurie Records subsidiary label) and serve as home to The Ventures, Roy Lanham, Vic Dana, and Wanderers Three.
  • The Fleetwoods laid down the original backing track at home a cappella accompanied only by car key percussion.  The tape was later augmented in Los Angeles with light instrumentation, including acoustic guitar played by Dolton label co-founder, Bonnie Guitar.
  • Cover versions include Frankie Vaughn with The Kaye Sisters, Astrud Gilberto, Percy Sledge, Sandy Posey, The Tokens, The New Seekers, Bob Welch, and Buck Dharma from Blue Oyster Cult.