Listening booth – Eddie Fisher, 1928-2010
One of the greatest, albeit lesser remembered, voices of pop was silenced this week when Eddie Fisher died on Wednesday. He was 82 years old. In addition to his high-profile marriages to Debbie Reynolds (with whom he had two children, one of them Carrie Fisher), Liz Taylor, and Connie Stevens, Fisher had a ridiculous run of chart success through most of the 1950s. He had seventeen songs in the Top 10 between 1950 and 1956 and 35 in the Top 40. That seems like a lot to me.
Fisher specialized in the top of sweet, symphonic pop music that was soon to be eclipsed by rock and roll. He had his last Top 10 hit in 1956 and in 1960 was dropped from his label, RCA Victor. By 1967 he was off the charts for good, but that in no way diminished the huge successes he achieved.
So as a small tribute to Eddie and his sweet, mellifluous tenor, I’m including a trio of his big hits for your listening pleasure. Up first is “Wish You Were Here”, which hit #1 in 1952:
Here’s “Cindy, Oh Cindy”, Fisher’s last Top 10 hit (1956):
And finally, Fisher’s #1 hit rendition of a classic German staple, “Oh! My Pa-Pa (O Mein Papa)” (1954):