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Profession

Category:
MusicMakers
Occupation(s):
Singer
Pianist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Oatmeal
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Sardinia
Favorite Quote:
If You Really Want To See The Daughter, First Look At The Mother.$

Birthplace

Born:
4/6/1942
Birth Location:
Clarksdale, Mississippi

Profession

Category:
MusicMakers
Occupation(s):
Singer
Pianist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Oatmeal
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Sardinia
Favorite Quote:
If You Really Want To See The Daughter, First Look At The Mother.$

Birthplace

Born:
4/6/1942
Birth Location:
Clarksdale
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Biography

Singer and pianist Shelley Fisher was born on April 6, 1942 in Clarksdale, Mississippi. In 1953, he moved to Chicago and grew up on the city’s West Side. Fisher studied music theory, composition and vocal technique in the Chicago Junior College System, and at Roosevelt University’s Chicago Conservatory of Music. He received his A.A. degree in music education and social science from Crane Junior College in 1963.

Upon graduation, Fisher became the featured vocalist with the Morris Ellis Orchestra in Chicago. In 1966 he had a principal role in Oscar Brown, Jr.'s musical production “Summer in the City.” Fisher went on to open for Stevie Wonder at the original Regal Theater in Chicago. He then moved to Los Angeles in 1970, where he played the piano and sang for the “jet set.” In 1972, Fisher co-starred in the comedy motion picture Calliope. He also played the role of the piano player in The Three Wishes of Billy Grier, starring Ralph Macchio, and in Letter to Three Wives, with Loni Anderson. Fisher wrote and performed the original music for the motion picture Drifting Clouds.

In 1977, Fisher returned to Chicago, where he taught in two Chicago public schools. In 1985, Fisher launched Vantown Productions, Inc., a publishing and production company. He has composed and published many musical titles, including Yesterday’s Dreams (Lou Rawls on Capital Records), Plainsville, USA (Jimmy Randolph on Motown Records), King Size Bed (The Valentine Brothers on Sony Records), and Girl, I Love You, which launched the career of Chicago R&B legend, Garland Green.

From 1978 through 1999, Fisher worked abroad, namely in Osaka, Japan, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, and Oslo, Norway. In 1997, he wrote, arranged and produced CELEBRATION, A Tribute to Nat “King” Cole, a Las Vegas style program produced at NRK TV (Norwegian TV). Fisher toured in Europe and broke two attendance records with performances in Den Hague, Holland and at Puntaldia, the jazz music festival on the island of Sardinia, Italy.

In 2000, Fisher moved to Las Vegas, where he performed at New York, New York, the MGM Grand, the Venetian, and the MGM/Mirage hotels. He has shared billing or recorded with other well-known artists like Earth, Wind & Fire, The Dells, Eartha Kitt and B.B. King. Fisher has also recorded two full-length CDs: 2003’s Driving Home, and 2004’s Stories.

Shelley Fisher was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on November 23, 2013.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Shelley Fisher's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Shelley Fisher lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Shelley Fisher describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Shelley Fisher describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Shelley Fisher talks about his family's affiliation with the Baptist church
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Shelley Fisher talks about his mother's death
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Shelley Fisher describes his early years in Crenshaw, Mississippi, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Shelley Fisher describes his early years in Crenshaw, Mississippi, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Shelley Fisher talks about his early understanding of gender identity
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Shelley Fisher remembers moving to Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Shelley Fisher describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Shelley Fisher talks about his difficult upbringing
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Shelley Fisher remembers joining his father in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Shelley Fisher talks about his behavior as an adolescent in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Shelley Fisher recalls his involvement in Chicago gangs
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Shelley Fisher talks about early gang activity in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Shelley Fisher recalls the gang violence that he experienced
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Shelley Fisher remembers his involvement in criminal activity as a teenager
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Shelley Fisher recalls the inspiration behind his enlistment in the U.S. Air Force
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Shelley Fisher talks about his honorable discharge from the U.S. Air Force
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Shelley Fisher remembers selling magazine subscriptions
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Shelley Fisher recalls taking the civil service exam to become a mail carrier
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Shelley Fisher remembers enrolling at Crane Junior College in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Shelley Fisher talks about his various jobs in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Shelley Fisher remembers acquaintances from his youth in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Shelley Fisher describes the music scene in Chicago, Illinois, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Shelley Fisher talks about record companies and radio stations in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Shelley Fisher describes the music scene in Chicago, Illinois, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Shelley Fisher remembers the music venues and people in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Shelley Fisher describes Oscar Brown, Jr.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Shelley Fisher talks about his role in Oscar Brown, Jr.'s musical production 'Summer in the City'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Shelley Fisher remembers singer Lou Rawls
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Shelley Fisher talks writing the song 'Girl I Love You'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Shelley Fisher recalls founding Aries Records and moving to Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Shelley Fisher talks about learning to play piano
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Shelley Fisher remembers singing with the Morris Ellis Orchestra in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Shelley Fisher talks about his early career in Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Shelley Fisher recalls working with Motown Records in Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Shelley Fisher talks about his struggle with substance abuse
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Shelley Fisher remembers his relationship with Jacqueline Dalya
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Shelley Fisher talks about moving back to Chicago, Illinois in the late 1970s
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Shelley Fisher remembers his job teaching blues music in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Shelley Fisher recalls living in Japan, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Shelley Fisher recalls living in Japan, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Shelley Fisher remembers his experiences in Canada
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Shelley Fisher describes his film and music career in Canada
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Shelley Fisher recalls performing in Europe, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Shelley Fisher recalls performing in Europe, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Shelley Fisher remembers visiting the Auschwitz concentration camps in Oswiecim, Poland
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Shelley Fisher talks about the production of 'Drifting Clouds'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Shelley Fisher describes how he started performing in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Shelley Fisher talks about the car accident that ended his piano career
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Shelley Fisher reflects upon his accident
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Shelley Fisher talks about how he revived his singing career after his accident
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Shelley Fisher talks about his portrayal of Conrad Murray
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Shelley Fisher describes the musical legacy of Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Shelley Fisher reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Shelley Fisher describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Shelley Fisher describes his decision to leave Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Shelley Fisher reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Shelley Fisher narrates his photographs