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Lessly "Count" Fisher

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Profession

Category:
EntertainmentMakers
CivicMakers
MusicMakers
Occupation(s):
Talent Management Chief Executive
Police Chief
Bandleader

Favorites

Favorite Color:
None
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Hammond, Indiana, Austin, Texas
Favorite Quote:
Let There Be Light, And There Was Light.

Birthplace

Born:
8/19/1923
Birth Location:
Canton, Mississippi

Profession

Category:
EntertainmentMakers
CivicMakers
MusicMakers
Occupation(s):
Talent Management Chief Executive
Police Chief
Bandleader

Favorites

Favorite Color:
None
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Hammond, Indiana, Austin, Texas
Favorite Quote:
Let There Be Light, And There Was Light.

Birthplace

Born:
8/19/1923
Birth Location:
Canton
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Biography

Band leader, nightclub owner, and police chief Lessly “Count” Fisher was born on August 19, 1923 in Canton, Mississippi to Ruby Mosby Fisher and future steelworker Seaser Fisher. Fisher was given the nickname of “Count” by Count Basie. He grew up in the New Edition section of East Chicago, Indiana and attended Calumet Elementary School, Garfield Elementary School, and Columbus School, Fisher graduated from Washington High School in 1941. An accident in the steel mill inspired him to join his cousin, Wallace Hayes playing drums for the Nightsteppers. Fisher, along with childhood friend Jack McDuff, learned to read music from Jesse Evans while working as driver and bodyguard for entertainment businessman, Jake Brennan.

Touring the Midwest, Fisher’s band also included Schoolboy Porter, Johnny Mott, Bill Lane and Aretta Lamar. In 1951, he met and toured several cities with singer Eve Rene. Later reunited with Rene, they played Indianapolis’ Joy Lounge and the Hubbub. Fisher married Eve Rene and established the Carousel Club in the late 1950s. Over the years, they featured The Hampton Family, Rodney Dangerfield, June Christie, Leroy Vinegar, Freddie Hubbard, George Kirby, Redd Foxx, Moms Mabley, Jimmy McGriff, Jack McDuff, John Coltrane and James Brown. The Fishers also participated in muscular dystrophy telethons with Lorne Greene. From 1963 to 1965, the couple operated the Chateau de Count et Eve near the Indiana State Capitol. There, they showcased Roy Hamilton, Lula Reed and Motown acts along with many other names.

In 1966, Fisher and Eve Rene moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan and performed at the London House as the house band. Eventually, Fisher moved away from show business and took a job as Sheriff’s Deputy for Kent County, Michigan. He was also Idlewild, Michigan’s first chief of police. Fisher and wife, Eve, a retired civil servant, lived in Grand Rapids. Their son, Rodney, is a musician who once portrayed Sir Nose D’Voidoffunk with George Clinton’s Parliament-Funkadelic.

Lessly "Count" Fisher was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on March 10, 2007.

Fisher passed away on November 22, 2015.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Lessly "Count" Fisher's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Lessly "Count" Fisher lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Lessly "Count" Fisher describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Lessly "Count" Fisher describes the racial discrimination in Canton, Mississippi
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Lessly "Count" Fisher describes his father's escape from Mississippi
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Lessly "Count" Fisher describes his father's move to Calumet, Indiana
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Lessly "Count" Fisher describes his parents' education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Lessly "Count" Fisher describes his early personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Lessly "Count" Fisher describes his neighborhood in East Chicago, Indiana
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Lessly "Count" Fisher describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Lessly "Count" Fisher remembers working at the Inland Steel Company
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Lessly "Count" Fisher recalls his childhood pastimes
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Lessly "Count" Fisher describes the New Addition gang in East Chicago, Indiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Lessly "Count" Fisher recalls the radio programs of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Lessly "Count" Fisher describes his early education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Lessly "Count" Fisher remembers Joe Louis and Jack Johnson
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Lessly "Count" Fisher describes the influence of his teachers
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Lessly "Count" Fisher remembers graduating from Washington High School in East Chicago, Indiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Lessly "Count" Fisher recalls his experiences in fights
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Lessly "Count" Fisher remembers wrestling at Washington High School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Lessly "Count" Fisher recalls his early aspirations
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Lessly "Count" Fisher remembers his early musical career
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Lessly "Count" Fisher remembers working for Jake Brenneman
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Lessly "Count" Fisher remembers performing in nightclubs in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Lessly "Count" Fisher recalls being hired by Jake Brenneman
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Lessly "Count" Fisher describes his early career
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Lessly "Count" Fisher remembers his fellow musicians
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Lessly "Count" Fisher talks about touring as a musician
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Lessly "Count" Fisher talks about contemporary music
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Lessly "Count" Fisher describes his income as a musician
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Lessly "Count" Fisher recalls how he met his wife
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Lessly "Count" Fisher recalls purchasing a nightclub in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Lessly "Count" Fisher remembers the entertainment at his nightclub
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Lessly "Count" Fisher remembers his nightclub's patrons
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Lessly "Count" Fisher remembers the rules at his nightclub
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Lessly "Count" Fisher remembers hiring John Coltrane and Elvin Jones
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Lessly "Count" Fisher recalls being cheated by a bartender
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Lessly "Count" Fisher remembers selling the Chateau de Count et Eve nightclub
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Lessly "Count" Fisher remembers joining the police department
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Lessly "Count" Fisher recalls his business ventures in Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Lessly "Count" Fisher recalls becoming the chief of police in Lake County, Michigan
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Lessly "Count" Fisher recalls his career as the chief of police in Idlewild, Michigan
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Lessly "Count" Fisher describes his retirement
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Lessly "Count" Fisher reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Lessly "Count" Fisher reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Lessly "Count" Fisher remembers raising his children
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Lessly "Count" Fisher describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Lessly "Count" Fisher describes his hopes for the world
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Lessly "Count" Fisher narrates his photographs