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Eddie Fisher (singer)

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Edwin John "Eddie" Fisher August 10, 1928 – September 22, 2010 was an American singer and actor He was the most successful pop singles artist during the first half of the 1950s,1 selling millions of records and hosting his own TV show Fisher divorced his first wife, actress Debbie Reynolds, to marry Reynolds' best friend, actress Elizabeth Taylor, after Taylor's husband, film producer Mike Todd, was killed in a plane crash The scandalous affair was widely reported, bringing unfavorable publicity to Fisher He later married Connie Stevens Fisher fathered Carrie Fisher and Todd Fisher with Reynolds, and Joely Fisher and Tricia Leigh Fisher with Stevens


  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Career
  • 3 Personal life
  • 4 Death
  • 5 Discography
    • 51 Hit songs
    • 52 Albums
    • 53 Compilations
  • 6 Books
  • 7 See also
  • 8 References
  • 9 External links

Early lifeedit

Fisher was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the fourth of seven children born to Gitte later Katherine or "Katie"; née Winokur; 1902–1991 and Joseph Tisch 1901–1967, who were Russian Jewish immigrants23 His father's surname was originally Tisch, but was changed to Fisher by the time of the 1940 census4 To his family, Fisher was always called "Sonny Boy", a nickname derived from the song of the same name in Al Jolson's film The Singing Fool 19285

Fisher attended Thomas Junior High School,6 South Philadelphia High School, and Simon Gratz High School It was known at an early age that he had talent as a vocalist, and he started singing in numerous amateur contests, which he usually won He made his radio debut on WFIL,6 a local Philadelphia radio station He also performed on Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts, a popular radio show that later moved to television Because he became a local star, Fisher dropped out of high school in the middle of his senior year to pursue his career7


By 1946, Fisher was crooning with the bands of Buddy Morrow and Charlie Ventura He was heard in 1949 by Eddie Cantor at Grossinger's Catskill Resort Hotel in the Borscht Belt Cantor's so-called discovery of Fisher was later described as a totally contrived, "manipulated' arrangement by Milton Blackstone, Grossinger's publicity director8 After performing on Cantor's radio show he was an instant hit and gained nationwide exposure He then signed a recording contract with RCA Victor

Fisher was drafted into the US Army in 1951, sent to Fort Hood, Texas for basic training, and served a year in Korea From 1952 to 1953, he was the official vocal soloist for The United States Army Band Pershing's Own and a tenor section member in the United States Army Band Chorus an element of Pershing's Own assigned at Fort Myer in the Washington, DC Military District During his active duty period, he also made occasional guest television appearances, in uniform, introduced as "PFC Eddie Fisher" After his discharge, he began to sing in top nightclubs and had a variety television series, Coke Time with Eddie Fisher on NBC 1953–1957 Fisher also appeared on The Perry Como Show, Club Oasis, The Martha Raye Show, The Gisele MacKenzie Show, The Chesterfield Supper Club and The George Gobel Show, and starred in another series, The Eddie Fisher Show NBC 1957–1959, alternating with Gobel's series

Fisher's strong and melodious tenor made him a teen idol and one of the most popular singers of the early 1950s He had 17 songs in the Top 10 on the music charts between 1950 and 1956 and 35 in the Top 40

In 1956, Fisher costarred with then-wife Debbie Reynolds in the musical comedy Bundle of Joy He played a dramatic role in the 1960 drama Butterfield 8 with second wife Elizabeth Taylor His best friend was showman and producer Mike Todd, who died in a plane crash in 1958 Fisher's affair and subsequent marriage to Taylor, Todd's widow, caused a show business scandal because he and Reynolds had a very public divorce Due to the unfavorable publicity surrounding the affair and divorce, NBC canceled Fisher's television series in March 19599

Beginning in fall 1959, he established two scholarships at Brandeis University, one for classical and one for popular music, in the name of Eddie Cantor10

In 1960, he was dropped by RCA Victor and briefly recorded on his own label, Ramrod Records He later recorded for Dot Records During this time, he had the first commercial recording of "Sunrise, Sunset" from Fiddler on the Roof This technically counts as the biggest standard Fisher can claim credit for introducing, although it is rarely associated with him He also recorded the albums Eddie Fisher Today and Young and Foolish both 1965 The Dot contract was not successful in record sales terms, and he returned to RCA Victor and had a minor single hit in 1966 with the song "Games That Lovers Play" with Nelson Riddle, which became the title of his best selling album When Fisher was at the height of his popularity, in the mid-1950s, singles, rather than albums, were the primary medium for issuing recordings His last album for RCA Victor was an Al Jolson tribute, You Ain't Heard Nothin' Yet, released in 1968 In 1983 he attempted a comeback tour but this was not a success Eddie Fisher's last released album was recorded around 1984 on the Bainbridge record label Fisher tried to stop the album from being released, but it turned up as After All The album was produced by William J O'Malley and arranged by Angelo DiPippo DiPippo, a world-renowned arranger, worked with Eddie countless hours to better his vocals but it became useless His final recordings never released were made in 1995 with the London Philharmonic Orchestra According to arranger-conductor Vincent Falcone in his 2005 autobiography, Frankly: Just Between Us, these tracks were "the best singing of his life" Fisher performed in top concert halls all over the United States and headlined in major Las Vegas showrooms He headlined at the Palace Theater in New York City as well as London's Palladium

Fisher created interest as a pop culture icon Betty Johnson's "I Want Eddie Fisher For Christmas", containing references to a number of hit songs, reached #28 in the Music Vendor national survey during an 11-week chart run in late 1954

Fisher has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, one for recording, at 6241 Hollywood Boulevard, and one for television, at 1724 Vine Street

Personal lifeedit

Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher at their wedding in 1955

Fisher had five marriages and four children:

  • Debbie Reynolds m 1955–div 1959
    • Carrie Fisher b 1956–d 2016
    • Todd Fisher b 1958
  • Elizabeth Taylor m 1959–div 1964
  • Connie Stevens m 1967–div 1969
    • Joely Fisher b 1967
    • Tricia Leigh Fisher b 1968
  • Terry Richard m 1975–div 1976
  • Betty Lin m 1993 – April 15, 2001; her death

In 1981, Fisher wrote an autobiography, Eddie: My Life, My Loves ISBN 0-06-014907-8 He wrote another autobiography in 1999 titled Been There, Done That ISBN 0-312-20972-X The later book devotes little space to Fisher's singing career, but recycled the material of his first book and added many new sexual details that were too strong to publish before Upon the book's publication, his daughter Carrie declared: "That's it I'm having my DNA fumigated"

When she was interviewed, Debbie Reynolds said that she could understand being dumped "for the world's most beautiful woman", referring to Taylor, who was previously a close friend Taylor and Reynolds later resumed their friendship, and mocked Fisher in a TV movie written by Carrie Fisher, These Old Broads, in which their characters ridiculed the ex-husband they shared, named "Freddie"11


Fisher suffered from knee, back, hearing, and eyesight problems in his later years, the last of which were worsened by complications stemming from cataract removal surgery, and he rarely appeared in public According to friends, he remained mentally vigorous and kept himself busy following news and politics, and singing his old songs while friend George Michalski played the piano Michalski had worked on several occasions over the years to help Fisher get his name back on the music charts He said 'The '60s passed Eddie by; he missed that entire era of music I'd play a Beatles song like "Something" for him and he'd think I wrote it'

Fisher broke his hip on September 9, 2010, and died 13 days later on September 22, 2010 at his home in Berkeley, California, from complications from hip surgery He was 82 years old12


Hit songsedit

Year Single Chart positions
1948 "You Can't Be True, Dear" with Marlin Sisters 19
1950 "Thinking of You" 5
1951 "Bring Back the Thrill" 14
"Unless" 17
"I'll Hold You In My Heart" 18
"Turn Back the Hands of Time" 8
"Any Time" 2
1952 "Tell Me Why" 4
"Trust In Me" 25
"Forgive Me" 7
"That's the Chance You Take" 10
"I'm Yours" 3
"Just a Little Lovin'" 20
"Maybe" with Perry Como 3
"Watermelon Weather" with Perry Como 19
"I Remember When" 29
"Wish You Were Here" 1 2 8
"The Hand of Fate" 24
"Lady of Spain" 6 6
"Outside of Heaven" 8 13 1
"Everything I Have Is Yours" 23 38 8
"Christmas Day" 22
1953 "You're All I Want for Christmas" 22
"Even Now" 7 9
"Downhearted" 5 16 3
"How Do You Speak to an Angel" 14 25
"I'm Walking Behind You" 1 1 1
"Just Another Polka" 24 18
"With These Hands" 7 8
"Many Times" 4 8
"Just to Be with You" 18
"Oh! My Pa-Pa" 1 1 9
1954 "A Girl, a Girl" 6 6
"Anema E Core" 14 12
"Green Years" 8 13
"My Friend" 15 12
"The Little Shoemaker" with Hugo Winterhalter 9 2
"The Magic Tango" with Hugo Winterhalter 22 27
"Heaven Was Never Like This" 21 27
"I Need You Now" 1 1 13
"Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep" 5 7
"Fanny" 29 18
1955 "A Man Chases a Girl" 16 16
"Just One More Time" 27
"Take My Love" 36
"I'm Always Hearing Wedding Bells" 20 13 5
"Heart" 6 12
"Song of the Dreamer" 11 10
"Don't Stay Away Too Long" flip 41
"Magic Fingers" 52 33
"I Wanna Go Where You Go" 75 26
"Dungaree Doll" 7 7
"Everybody's Got a Home But Me" 20 34
1956 "Without You" 41 28
"No Other One" 65 29
"On the Street Where You Live" 18
"Sweet Heartaches" 42 35
"O My Maria" 80
"Cindy, Oh Cindy" 10 9 5
1957 "Some Day Soon" 94
"Tonight My Heart Will Be Crying" 96
"Sunshine Girl" 94
"That's the Way It Goes" 55
"Sayonara" 56
1958 "What's the Use of Cryin'" 43
1961 "Tonight" 44 109 12
"Milk and Honey" 104
"Shalom" 105
1962 "Arrivederci Roma" 112 142
1965 "Sunrise, Sunset" 119 119 22
"Young and Foolish" 25
1966 "Games That Lovers Play" 45 41 2
1967 "People Like You" 97 74 4
"Now I Know" 131 135 23


  • Eddie Fisher Sings 10-inch album RCA Victor 1952
  • I'm in the Mood for Love RCA Victor 1952/55
  • Christmas With Eddie Fisher 10-inch album RCA Victor 1952
  • Irving Berlin Favorites 10-inch album RCA Victor 1954
  • May I Sing to You RCA Victor 1954/55
  • I Love You RCA Victor 1955
  • Academy Award Winners RCA Victor 1955
  • Bundle of Joy film soundtrack RCA Victor 1956
  • As Long as There's Music RCA Victor 1958
  • Scent of Mystery film soundtrack Ramrod 1960
  • Eddie Fisher at the Winter Garden Ramrod 1963
  • Eddie Fisher Today! Dot 1965
  • When I Was Young Dot 1965 re-recordings of his RCA Victor hits
  • Mary Christmas Dot 1965
  • Games That Lovers Play RCA Victor 1966
  • People Like You RCA Victor 1967
  • You Ain't Heard Nothing Yet RCA Victor 1968
  • After All Bainbridge Records 1984


  • Thinking of You RCA Victor 1957
  • Eddie Fisher's Greatest Hits RCA Victor 1962
  • The Very Best of Eddie Fisher MCA 1988
  • All Time Greatest Hits Vol1 RCA 1990
  • Eddie Fisher – Greatest Hits RCA 2001


  • Fisher, Eddie 1984 Eddie: My Life, My Loves Harper Collins ISBN 978-0-06-014907-9

See alsoedit

  • Biography portal


  1. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top 40 Pop Singles 12th Edition
  2. ^ Genealogycom – Ancestry of Carrie Fisher Archived February 11, 2012, at the Wayback Machine Dead link
  3. ^ 'Jewish Sinatra' tells all Dead link
  4. ^ Fisher, Eddie; Fisher, David September 1999 Been There, Done That New York: St Martin's Press p 3 ISBN 0-312-20972-X 
  5. ^ Been There, Done That, p 2
  6. ^ a b Been There, Done That, p 11
  7. ^ Been There, Done That, p 14
  8. ^ Kanfer, Stefan 1989 A summer world : the attempt to build a Jewish Eden in the Catskills from the days of the ghetto to the rise and decline of the Borscht Belt 1st ed New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux pp 205–209 ISBN 978-0374271800 
  9. ^ Grimes, William 24 September 2010 "Eddie Fisher, Pop Singer, Dies at 82" New York Times New York Times Company 
  10. ^ "Schottland to Head Social Welfare School at Brandeis University" Jewish Telegraphic Agency December 1, 1958 Retrieved May 10, 2016 
  11. ^ Keck, William 12 Feb 2001 "Scandal's History for 'These Old Broads'" Los Angeles Times Retrieved 1 October 2015 
  12. ^ "Eddie Fisher, Pop Singer, Dies at 82", The New York Times 
  13. ^ Whitburn, Joel 2002 Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001 Record Research p 93 
  14. ^ Roberts, David 2006 British Hit Singles & Albums 19th ed London: Guinness World Records Limited p 201 ISBN 1-904994-10-5 

External linksedit

  • Eddie Fisher on Internet Movie Database
  • Eddie Fisher at the Internet Broadway Database
  • Thinking Of You: Eddie Fisher on The Interlude Era site
  • New York Times Obituary
  • Eddie Fisher: Life and Times – slideshow by Life magazine
Husband of Elizabeth Taylor
Preceded by
Mike Todd
Husband of Elizabeth Taylor
by order of marriage

Succeeded by
Richard Burton

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