Fred Fisher

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Fred Fisher
Birth name Albert von Breitenbach
Also known as Fred Fischer
Born (1875-09-03)September 3, 1875
Cologne, Germany
Died January 14, 1942(1942-01-14) (aged 66)
Manhattan, New York, United States
Occupations Songwriter, music publisher
Years active 1900s–1940

Fred Fisher (September 3, 1875 – January 14, 1942) was a German-born American songwriter and Tin Pan Alley music publisher.

Biography[edit]

Fisher was born as Albert von Breitenbach in Cologne. After visiting the United States in 1892, he immigrated in 1900, where he adopted the name Fred Fischer. He founded the Fred Fischer Music Publishing Company in 1907. During World War I he changed his surname to Fisher to make it seem less Germanic.[1]

In 1914, Fred Fisher married Ana Fisher (née Davidovitch, later anglicized as Davis; born 1896). Their children – Daniel ("Danny"; 1920–2001), Marvin (1916–1993), and Doris (1915–2003) – also wrote songs professionally.[2] Fisher died in Manhattan, New York[3][4] and was interred at Maimonides Cemetery in Brooklyn.

In 1970 Fred Fisher was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. The Ripley's "Believe It or Not" column credited him with writing more Irish songs than anyone else.[5]

Selected compositions[edit]

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References[edit]

General references Source Citation:

  • American National Biography. 24 volumes. Edited by John A. Garraty and Mark C. Carnes. New York: Oxford University Press, 1999
  • American Popular Songs. From the Revolutionary War to the present. Edited by David Ewen. New York: Random House, 1966
  • American Songwriters. By David Ewen. New York: H.W. Wilson Co., 1987
  • The ASCAP Biographical Dictionary. Third edition. New York: American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, 1966
  • ASCAP Biographical Dictionary. Fourth edition. Compiled for the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers by Jaques Cattell Press. New York: R.R. Bowker, 1980
  • Biographical Dictionary of American Music. By Charles Eugene Claghorn. West Nyack, NY: Parker Publishing Co., 1973
  • Biography Index. A cumulative index to biographical material in books and magazines. Volume 1: January 1946 - July 1949. New York: H.W. Wilson Co., 1949
  • Biography Index. A cumulative index to biographical material in books and magazines. Volume 6: September 1961 - August 1964. New York: H.W. Wilson Co., 1965
  • Biography Index. A cumulative index to biographical material in books and magazines. Volume 15: September 1986 - August 1988. New York: H.W. Wilson Co., 1988
  • Biography Index. A cumulative index to biographical material in books and magazines. Volume 16: September 1988 - August 1990. New York: H.W. Wilson Co., 1990
  • The Complete Encyclopedia of Popular Music and Jazz, 1900-1950. Three volumes. By Roger D. Kinkle. New Rochelle, NY: Arlington House Publishers, 1974. Biographies are located in Volumes 2 and 3
  • Dictionary of Pseudonyms. Third edition. By Adrian Room. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co., 1998
  • The Encyclopedia of Popular Music. Third edition. Eight volumes. Edited by Colin Larkin. London: MUZE, 1998. Grove's Dictionaries, New York, 1998
  • The Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music. Composers and their music. Supplement. By William H. Rehrig. Westerville, OH: Integrity Press, 1996
  • The New American Dictionary of Music. By Philip D. Morehead with Anne MacNeil. New York: Dutton, 1991
  • The New Grove Dictionary of American Music. Four volumes. Edited by H. Wiley Hitchcock and Stanley Sadie. London: Macmillan Press, 1986
  • Notable Names in the American Theatre. Clifton, NJ: James T. White & Co., 1976. Earlier edition published as The Biographical Encyclopaedia and Who's Who of the American Theatre
  • The Oxford Companion to Popular Music. By Peter Gammond. Oxford, England: Oxford University Press, 1991
  • Popular American Composers. From Revolutionary times to the present. A biographical and critical guide. First edition. Compiled and edited by David Ewen. New York: H.W. Wilson Co., 1962
  • Songwriters. A biographical dictionary with discographies. By Nigel Harrison. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co., 1998
  • Sweet and Lowdown. America's popular song writers. By Warren Craig. Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press, 1978. Biographies appear in the 'After Tin Pan Alley' section, beginning on page 91
  • Tin Pan Alley. An encyclopedia of the golden age of American song. By David A. Jasen. New York: Routledge, 2003

Inline citations

  1. ^ Jack Gottlieb, Funny, It Doesn't Sound Jewish: How Yiddish Songs and Synagogue Melodies Influenced Tin Pan Alley, Broadway, and Hollywood, Volume 1, pg. 25, SUNY Press (2004) ISBN 0-8444-1130-2 ISBN 9780844411309
  2. ^ Honor Roll of Popular Song Writers: No. 13 – Fred Fisher, by Jack Burton, Billboard (magazine), pg. 48, March 19, 1949
  3. ^ Songwriters Attend Fred Fisher's Rites: Buck Praises Him for Great Contribution to Music, The New York Times, January 17, 1942
  4. ^ Hit Songs' Author Suicide by Hanging, The New York Times, January 15, 1942
  5. ^ Jack Gottlieb, Funny ... , pg 25

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