Due to a colossally bad personal decision and ensuing Hollywood scandal compounded by a lifelong addiction to illicit drugs, Eddie Fisher has all but disappeared from the names of America’s best male songbook interpreters.
With the passing of his daughter Carrie and his extraordinary former wife Debbie Reynolds, it seemed like an apt time to give a nod to one of the best trained, well controlled and naturally beautiful voices of the 50’s and 60’s.
If one listens to Fisher compared to Sinatra, Crosby, Martin, Bennett, Damone, Como and other great crooners of this same period, the ear quickly reveals a voice of even emission, sonorous placement and impeccable vowel formation. Fisher was a well trained vocalist and, even with the popular requirement to “swing” a song, he rarely sacrificed any of these qualities that made him the vocal envy of many.
Here is Fisher in the mid-60s (post scandal) at the Hollywood Palace in a smooth and virile rendition of “Mame” from the eponymous Broadway musical with music and lyrics by the great Jerry Herman.