Freddie Fisher (musician)

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Freddie Fisher (11 June 1904–28 March 1967) was an American musician, leader of a band variously known simply as the Freddie Fisher Band, Freddie Fisher and His Schnikelfritz Orchestra (The word schnikelfritz is an affectionate term of German origin for "a mischievous little boy"; comparable to scamp.[1]), or Colonel Corn and His Band.[2] The band, which first made its name in Minnesota, was essentially a novelty act, influenced by such vaudeville performers as Clayton, Jackson, and Durante.[3] His deliberately corny approach to songs was a precursor to Spike Jones.[4]

Fisher was born in 1904 in Lourdes, Iowa (near Garnavillo, Iowa[3]) and died in 1967 in Aspen, Colorado.[2] He appeared in at least nine films between 1938 and 1949.[2][5] The latter part of his life was lived in Aspen, where he ran a repair shop called Fisher the Fixer and played in a band that included his son King Fisher.[6]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ schnickelfritz, Dictionary of American Regional English. Retrieved online 14 August 2011.
  2. ^ a b c Freddie Fisher at the Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 14 August 2011.
  3. ^ a b Music: Schnickelfritz, Time magazine, 6 September 1937. Retrieved online 14 August 2011.
  4. ^ Cub Koda, Spike Jones and His City Slickers (biography), Pandora Radio. Retrieved 14 August 2011.
  5. ^ At least one source says he appeared in 15 films, but does not list them: Mary Eshbaugh Hayes, Freddie Fisher, The Aspen Times, 3 July 2005. Retrieved 14 August 2011.
  6. ^ Mary Eshbaugh Hayes, Freddie Fisher, The Aspen Times, 3 July 2005. Retrieved 14 August 2011.

Further reading[edit]

  • Su Lum & Barbara A. Lewis, Fisher the Fixer (Second Edition, 1974), self-published. Lum is a longtime columnist for the Aspen Times.

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