Saturday, September 25, 2010
Eddie Fisher - Pre-Rock n Roll Teen Idol
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Eddie Fisher, who invaded the Singapore air-waves about 60s years ago, has passed on at 82 (1928 - 2010). One of the great names during the pre-rock n roll period, Fisher's good looks and strong tenor voice made him an early 50's teen-idol.
Between 1950 and 1956, he had 17 songs in the Top Ten and 35 songs in the Top Forty. He was an influence in the 60s pop music scene in later years.
Even as a young boy, I could either whistle, hum or sing Eddie Fisher's Any Time (1951), Lady Of Spain (1952), *Oh My Papa (1953) and Cindy Oh Cindy (1956). Although Eddie Calvert's trumpet instrumental Oh My Papa still echoes in my head - it was the Top Ten US and UK hit in 1954 - Fisher's rendition was breaking the heartstrings for me.
Cindy Oh Cindy was the requesters' favourite on radio when Eddie Fisher covered it. It was playing day and night over the broadcast stations in Singapore, Asia and world wide.
The singer was the father of Carrie Fisher who acted as Princess Leia in Star Wars and was married to famous Hollywood personalities, Debbie Reynolds, Elizabeth Taylor and Connie Stevens.
Fisher hit the international headlines when he divorced Reynolds (I hear the cotton woods whisperin' above, Tammy...) and married Taylor, who later left him for Shakespearean superstar Richard Burton.
*Oh mein Papa (1939), a German original, was by Paul Burkhard. The English lyrics were written by John Turner and Geoffrey Parsons.
"Oh my papa, to me he was so wonderful,/Oh my papa to me he was so good.../Gone are the days when he would take me on his knees,/And with a smile, he'd change my tears to laughter.../Deep in my heart I miss him so to-day..."
Would anyone still write a song about his/her father today?
Original article: Andy Lim