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Eddie Fisher (Vocal)

Eddie Fisher ranked behind only Patti Page and Perry Como as the most successful pop singles artist of the first half of the 1950s, placing 35 songs in the Billboard charts between 1950 and 1954, including 22 Top Ten hits, among them seven gold records, four of which hit number one. Fisher was part of a new generation of male singers who eschewed the intimate crooning style of Como, Bing Crosby, and Frank Sinatra in favor of a more bravura approach that sometimes recalled Al Jolson. At the height of his popularity, Fisher was a teen idol whose records sold in the millions while he earned top dollar for personal appearances and hosted his own television show.

Edwin Jack Fisher was born into a large, poor family in Philadelphia, PA, on August 10, 1928. By his early teens he was appearing on local radio shows. He served a lengthy apprenticeship that included brief stints with big bands. His first appearance on record came on the Marlin Sisters' "You Can't Be True, Dear," which made the charts in June 1948. In 1949, his manager got him a berth with Eddie Cantor, and that led to a contract with RCA Victor Records. His revival of the 1920s hit "Thinking of You" peaked in the Top Five in December 1950. He hit the charts with five singles in 1951, his progress unencumbered by his induction into the U.S. Army early in the year. In fact, his first gold record came in late 1951 with another 1920s revival, "Any Time," followed immediately by his second million-seller, "Tell Me Why," the first of seven singles he charted in 1952, among them the number one gold-selling title song from the Broadway musical Wish You Were Here and a million-selling revival of the 1930s song "Lady of Spain." That was enough to rank him the top pop singles artist of the year. (He also charted with three LPs, including two, I'm in the Mood for Love and Christmas with Eddie Fisher, that hit number one.)

Upon completing his U.S. Army service, Fisher launched his own television series, the twice-a-week, 15-minute Coke Time with Eddie Fisher, on April 29, 1953. During the year, he charted another six singles, among them the gold-selling number ones "I'm Walking Behind You" and "Oh! My Pa-Pa" (O Mein Papa). Four more singles charted in 1954, including another number one million-seller, "I Need You Now," and again Fisher was the year's top pop singles artist. He slipped to sixth place for 1955, despite charting five singles including a Top Ten rendition of "Heart," from the Broadway musical Damn Yankees, and a Top Five LP, I Love You. Several factors may have contributed to this decline, including the rise of rock & roll and his highly publicized romance with Debbie Reynolds, culminating in their marriage on September 26, 1955, which put him out of reach to his fervent female fans. (The couple had two children, the first of whom was Carrie Fisher.)

Fisher began a transition to more of an adult-oriented middle-of-the-road entertainer, with appearances in Las Vegas, while also flirting with a film career by appearing with his wife in the movie musical Bundle of Joy. He scored two more Top Ten hits in 1956 that indicated he was trying new styles: "Dungaree Doll" leaned toward rock, while "Cindy, Oh Cindy" nodded toward the incipient folk revival. In 1957, he launched a new TV program, The Eddie Fisher Show.

Fisher's image suffered due to his separation from Reynolds and affair with Elizabeth Taylor; in 1959, he divorced Reynolds and married Taylor. In between, he ended his TV show. In 1960, he launched Ramrod Records, which released a new LP, Tonight with Eddie Fisher. It gained little recognition until 1961, when 7 Arts Records licensed "Tonight" (from West Side Story), which became a hit. Unfortunately, this potential comeback was scuttled by more bad publicity as Fisher's marriage to Taylor broke up when she began an affair with Richard Burton.

Ramrod released Eddie Fisher at the Winter Garden in 1963, returning him to the charts. In 1965, he signed to Dot Records and released several albums, beginning with the chart LP Eddie Fisher Today! In 1966, he returned to RCA and scored hits with "Games That Lovers Play" and "People Like You," also charting with LPs named after the singles. There was another high-profile marriage in 1967, this time to Connie Stevens, and it produced two children, Joely Fisher and Tricia Leigh Fisher, before ending in 1969.

After You Ain't Heard Nothin' Yet! (1968), Fisher did not release another album until Bainbridge Records issued After All in 1984. Meanwhile, he plied the oldies circuit while struggling with a drug addiction he detailed in his two autobiographies, ultimately emerging drug-free. In September of 2010, Fisher broke his hip and died on the 22nd of that month at his home in Berkeley, CA following surgery complications. ~ William Ruhlmann, Rovi
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I like to remember the happy times in my life with the music of guys like Eddie Fisher, Perry Como, Frank Sinatra, Nat Cole..
I love all of Eddie's songs. He was the best of all male singers. I have seen him in person many times and I got to know him in the 1980's and he was a very nice person. I am so glad to see other people enjoy Eddie's music.
Pandora you bring lumps to my throat and tears to my eyes .. Eddie Fisher was always up there....
Love this music. So glad to have found you Pandorra. June
mariongttmnn
Yes, he was one of the best and his voice will be hard to replace but we do have many of his great song on tape and film. Please we ask that you take the time to open my site at WWW.POETRYPO E M . C O M / P O E T R Y 3 8 7 8 the poetry is very personal and all in Rhyme with a story. All written by Marion Marshall Guttmann.
August 10 would have been birthday number 83 for Eddie. Hard to believe this greatest of singers is actually gone.
robtjackfish e r
My name in robert Jack Fisher....an d I remember when we first heard Eddie !!! He's been a favorite of ours eversin
peggycarouse l 4 5
I absolutely adored Eddie Fisher. There was a little grocery store on our corner.They had a life size cardboard cutout of Eddie advertising Coca Cola. I begged and begged them to let me have it and they finally did. I remember carrying it down the street to my room. There he stayed in that corner where I kissed him good night for a very long time. I wish I still had it. Love you still Eddie. Lady of Spain is my favorite.
I loved eddie, He was one of my fav's I'm yours was one of the best. Also loved Nat King Cole, all of his songs
Eddie Fisher had a 15 minute TV show sponsored by Coca-Cola in 1954. He sang "Moonlight and V.P.I." on the night of my ring dance. It was that night that I asked my angel to marry me. She said yes and we were married for 51 years and 51 days when she passed away in 2006.
nks for treating me to this wonderful Pandora Music. It's very pleasing and uplifting. It brings back a lot of nice memories.
flojack14
the best voice ever for a male singer- born in Philly- my husband Jack said he had an incredable voice- He lived in South Philly, and was not very popular as a youth. but was friendly to fellas in his neighborhood , and lived close to my husband- I look at him today. and feel sad!! Flora and Jack Miller Palm Beach county Florida
What a voice, what phrasing and such pleasant wonderful and beautiful memories
it brings just to hear him. Eddie Fisher, now there's a name to lift your hat
to. Thank you Pandora for making my mornings so joyful with your great selections of music.
Barbara Gazich
hi I wanted to thank you all at Pandora for your kindness. Its a joy to hear the music of my past .Its beautifull
joebetpit
One of my favorites.
We love his voice

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