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Profession

Category:
EntertainmentMakers
MusicMakers
Occupation(s):
Nightclub Owner
Singer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Gumbo (Creole Shrimp)
Favorite Time of Year:
None
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
9/5/1927
Birth Location:
Thibodaux, Louisiana

Profession

Category:
EntertainmentMakers
MusicMakers
Occupation(s):
Nightclub Owner
Singer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Gumbo (Creole Shrimp)
Favorite Time of Year:
None
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
9/5/1927
Birth Location:
Thibodaux
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Biography

Lois Eve Fisher, also known as “Eve Rene,” was born Lois Eve Greene on September 5, 1927, in Thibodaux, Louisiana. Fisher’s parents were Georgia Milton Greene, a teacher, and Allen Earl Greene, a contractor. Growing up, Fisher attended Valena C. Jones Elementary School (where she was a classmate of Andrew and Walter Young) in New Orleans; she also attended McDonald’s #6 School and graduated from Washington High School in Thibodaux in 1944. Encouraged by her uncle, Adam Lambert, Fisher began performing “Stardust” and other popular songs as a teen; she later received voice training at Southern University.

In 1945, Fisher left Southern University and found work as a clerk at the United States Army’s Camp LaShay. Soon after, Fisher was singing with the Paul Barbrien Band. Fisher then auditioned with Duke Ellington and toured with Winonie Harris, Tampa Kid, Harold King, Big Joe Turner and Cecil Gant. In 1946, Fisher left the road when she briefly married and settled in Indianapolis, Indiana. In 1951, she met and toured with Lessly “Count” Fisher; around the same time, she also worked in Cincinnati, Covington, and Indianapolis, where she cut a record, Love is Strange. Eventually Fisher reunited with Count Fisher in Indianapolis; the couple later married and together established the Carousel Club. Over the years, the Fishers developed a loyal audience by featuring entertainers like Rodney Dangerfield, June Christie, Leroy Vinegar, Freddie Hubbard, George Kirby, Redd Foxx, Moms Mabley, Jimmy McGriff, Jack McDuff, John Coltrane and James Brown. From 1963 to 1965, the couple operated the Chateau de Count and Eve near the Indiana State Capitol; there, they showcased Roy Hamilton, Lula Reed and Motown.

In 1966, Fisher and her husband moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan, where they played at the London House. Fisher earned her B.A. degree in music and art in 1985 from Grand Valley College; from 1989 to 1997, she worked for the clerk of courts in Grand Rapids.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Lois Fisher's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Lois Fisher lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Lois Fisher describes her mother's family backgroud
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Lois Fisher remembers her great uncle, Adam Lambert
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Lois Fisher describes her maternal family's migration to Louisiana
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Lois Fisher describes her mother's upbringing
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Lois Fisher describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Lois Fisher describes her parents' marriage
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Lois Fisher describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Lois Fisher describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Lois Fisher remembers accompanying her father to work
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Lois Fisher remembers her mother's personality
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Lois Fisher recalls living with her maternal great-grandmother
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Lois Fisher remembers celebrating Mardi Gras
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Lois Fisher describes her parents' personalities and her likeness to her father
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Lois Fisher remembers Calvary United Methodist Church in Thibodaux, Louisiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Lois Fisher describes her chores
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Lois Fisher remembers Andrew Young
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Lois Fisher describes her early education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Lois Fisher recalls her early interest in music
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Lois Fisher remembers singing at white country clubs
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Lois Fisher recalls the ghost stories of her childhood
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Lois Fisher remembers Southern University and Agricultural and Mechanical College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Lois Fisher recalls the code of conduct at Southern University and Agricultural and Mechanical College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Lois Fisher remembers working at Camp Harahan in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Lois Fisher remembers the start of her musical career
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Lois Fisher recalls refusing an audition with Duke Ellington's band
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Lois Fisher remembers settling in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Lois Fisher remembers meeting Lessly "Count" Fisher
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Lois Fisher remembers working for the Marcello family
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Lois Fisher recalls performing for white audiences
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Lois Fisher remembers the musical scene in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Lois Fisher recalls fleeing Peter Marcello's harassment
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Lois Fisher remembers working in Ohio and Kentucky
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Lois Fisher remembers her first record
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Lois Fisher recalls being hired by Lessly "Count" Fisher
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Lois Fisher describes the community of black entertainers in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Lois Fisher recalls the performers at the Carousel Club, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Lois Fisher remembers John Coltrane's performance at the Carousel Club
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Lois Fisher recalls the performers at the Carousel Club, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Lois Fisher remembers singing with the Count Fisher Trio
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Lois Fisher remembers the Chateau de Count et Eve in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Lois Fisher describes her confrontations with white patrons
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Lois Fisher talks about the organized crime in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Lois Fisher remembers moving to Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Lois Fisher remembers her husband's law enforcement career
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Lois Fisher describes the racial demographics of Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Lois Fisher remembers Grand Valley State College in Allendale, Michigan
  • Tape: 5 Story: 12 - Lois Fisher recalls working at the welfare department in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Lois Fisher remembers the community of Idlewild, Michigan
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Lois Fisher describes her retirement
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Lois Fisher describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Lois Fisher reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Lois Fisher lists her children
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Lois Fisher reflects upon her legacy and describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Lois Fisher narrates her photographs