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Eddie Fisher

American singer and entertainer, who was one of the world's most famous and successful singers in the 1950s, selling millions of records and having his own TV show.

Young crooner, protege of Eddie Cantor; got first wide exposure as frequent guest performer on Cantor's early-50's TV broadcasts. Later responsible for million-selling records during the 50's, including "Any Time" (his signature song), "O My Papa!" and many others. He was married to Debbie Reynolds, Elizabeth Taylor, and Connie Stevens. His divorce from his first wife, Debbie Reynolds, to marry his best friend's widow, Elizabeth Taylor, garnered scandalously unwelcome publicity at the time. Fisher was crooning with the bands of Buddy Morrow and Charlie Ventura in 1946 and was heard in 1949 by Eddie Cantor at Grossinger's Resort in the Borscht Belt

ARTICLE: RADIO

Moaning, Whistling, Sighing and Other Jazz Sounds

Read "Moaning, Whistling, Sighing and Other Jazz Sounds" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Jazz--the quintessential open door genre--has a capacity to beautifully integrate all kinds of sources. From music from faraway places to compositions written and instruments used for completely different genres. When it comes to the human voice, jazz has shown an uncanny openness to its endless possibilities finding a musical role for all sorts of non verbal ...

ARTICLE: CATCHING UP WITH

Onaje Allan Gumbs: Dare To Dream

Read "Onaje Allan Gumbs: Dare To Dream" reviewed by La-Faithia White

Onaje Allan Gumbs is a New York based pianist, composer, lyricist, and bandleader. Gumbs' professional career began in 1971 when Leroy Kirkland introduced him to Kenny Burrell, by sharing a demo tape. The next day Gumbs received a phone call to play with Burrell at Baker's Keyboard Lounge in Detroit. Onaje, (Gumbs) talks about the beginnings ...

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Who Was Eddie Fisher?

Who Was Eddie Fisher?

With the stunning deaths this week of Carrie Fisher on Dec. 27 and her mother, Debbie Reynolds, the following day, the media has been awash in articles on Star Wars, cocaine abuse, extra-marital affairs on the set of Star Wars, depression, Singin' in the Rain, Tammy and the Bachelor, drinking, Elizabeth Taylor and whether a mother ...

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STLJN Audio Archive: Eddie Fisher - The Promise

STLJN Audio Archive: Eddie Fisher - The Promise

Today's Audio Archive post revisits a rare session from guitarist Eddie Fisher, the guitarist and East St. Louis native who's best known for the jazz/funk albums The Next One Hundred Years and The Third Cup. Fisher, who died in 2007, never really achieved major stardom, but has become something a cult figure over the past ten ...

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The Man Who Created the Word "Grammy" and Other Idle Gossip

The Man Who Created the Word "Grammy" and Other Idle Gossip

According to the Grammy Awards website, the music industry's highest honor got its name from a nationwide “name the award" contest back in 1959. Not so according to Grammy-, Emmy- and Clio-winning writer-comedian Stan Freberg, who recently toured the Grammy Museum and emerged incensed. He says the honor's origins (and his role in them) have been ...


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