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Sonny Fisher

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“The Wild Guy from Tx,” rockabilly kitty Sonny Fisher recorded some little-heard but incendiary singles for the Starday label through the mid-’50s, finally being successful acclaim from Western audiences near a quarter hundred years later. Given birth to Therman Fisher on the plantation outside Chandler, TX, on November 13, 1931, he was raised in Tacoma, WA, but ultimately returned towards the Houston region. First attracted to music by his dad, an amateur vocalist and guitarist, the adolescent Fisher also preferred Hank Williams, Roy Acuff, and Ernest Tubb. Fisher created his own nation music group in 1951, assembling fiddler Paul Vaughan, metal guitarist Crimson Leonie, bassist Leonard Curry, and drummer Darrell Newsome. With the help of electrical guitarist Joey Long, the group started incorporating R&B addresses into its repertoire, and after Fisher observed Elvis Presley’s past due 1954 appearance at Houston’s Tx Korral, he steered his music completely in direction of rockabilly, sacking Vaughan and Leonie while dubbing the rest of the trio the Rocking Males. Pursuing an appearance at Houston’s Cosy Part, Fisher agreed upon with the neighborhood Starday imprint, slicing his debut one, “Rockin’ Daddy,” in early 1955. Though getting little notice beyond your local marketplace, the record continues to be a classic exemplory case of rockabilly at its most primal, galvanized by Fisher’s impassioned vocal and Long’s ferocious electric guitar soloing. “Sneaky Pete” implemented in the springtime, even though it as well failed commercially, Presley was therefore impressed that he lent Newsome for some Houston shows. Fisher as well as the Rocking Young boys closed out the entire year with “Rockin’ and a-Rollin'” and in middle-1956 resurfaced using the blistering “Green and Dark.” When all singles netted Fisher a royalty check amounting to just 126 dollars, he refused to renew his Starday offer, rather co-founding Columbus Information with Newsome. Fisher created sides for vocalist/guitarist Eddie Eddings and saxophonist Hub Sutter, but under no circumstances documented for Columbus himself, ultimately selling his talk about of the business to Newsome. Following the Rocking Young boys divide, he led his very own R&B group for a while before time for country, functioning the Houston nightclub circuit until 1965, when he retired to support his own floors business. In 1979 Ted Carroll and Ray Topping, founders from the United kingdom reissue label Ace, monitored down Fisher at his house in Crosby, TX. With classic rockabilly extremely popular in European countries, they financed Fisher’s initial tour from the U.K. and gathered his eight Starday edges on the much-acclaimed 10″ LP, Tx Rockabilly. The singer’s abilities proved to get diminished little if within the years since his pension — and along with his jet-black pompadour and jaw-length sideburns, he also appeared very much as he do on-stage on the Cosy Part 25 years previously. With Scottish support music group Johnny & the Roccos, Fisher moved into the studio room in middle-1980 to record a fresh four-song EP, implemented a year afterwards with the Big Defeat discharge of his initial ever full-length work, Tx Rockabilly Tear-Up. After coming back home towards the Lone Celebrity State, Fisher decreased out of view for over ten years, however in 1993 he resulted in in Spain, trimming Rockabilly Fiesta with fellow Tx story Sleepy LaBeef as well as the Spanish group los Solitarios. The documenting was Fisher’s swan track. Little is well known of his actions in the 10 years ahead of his loss of life in Houston on Oct 8, 2005.

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Full Name Sonny Fisher
Died October 8, 2005, Houston, Texas, United States
Profession Singer, Songwriter
Nationality American
Music Songs Rockin' Daddy, Pink and Black, Sneaky Pete, Oh Love This Is Sonny, Hold Me Baby, Rockin' and Rollin', Rockabilly Tonight, Little Red Wagon, I Can Help, It's A Heartache, Shaking Around, Rocking Daddy / Rock Around the Clock / Runaway / Come on Let's Go / Love's Made a Fool of You / Walk on By / Roll over Beethoven / Sweet Little Sixteen, I'm Flying In, If You Leave Me Tonight, Truckstop Baby, Honky Tonk Man, I Miss You Elvis, Drivin's My Life Away, I Can't Loose, If You Leave Me Tonight I'll Cry, Shake It Around, On the Road Again, Sweet Sixteen, That’s All Right Mama, Raining in My Heart, Rockin´ and Rollin´, Ice Cold Water, Mathilda, Ten, Ten A.M., Your' Right, Hey Worm, Oh Love This Sonny
Albums Texas Rockabilly Tear Up, De Nuevo Rock'n Roll Vol. 2, Texas Rockabilly, Blues Elite: Best Of Sonny Fisher


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1 Killed on February 22, 1984 when his helicopter collided with two cables supported by 150 foot tall twin towers in Thousand Oaks, California. It then went out of control and crashed in a 15 foot deep drainage ditch and burned. He had been cited two days earlier by the NTSB for "careless and reckless operation of an aircraft." Also killed in the crash was Dr. James Bruce Rushton, a dentist from Bel-Air. Fisher was giving Dr. Rushton a flying lesson.


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Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Very Best of Cher: The Video Hits Collection 2004 Video video "Half-Breed"
The Cracker Brothers 1985 TV Movie
Suzanne Somers... And 10,000 G.I.'s 1983 TV Movie
That's TV 1982 TV Movie
The Suzanne Somers Special 1982 TV Special
Pink Lady 1980 TV Series 2 episodes
Siegfried and Roy 1980 TV Special
Cher... and Other Fantasies 1979 TV Movie
Donny and Marie 1975-1978 TV Series 25 episodes
NBC Salutes the 25th Anniversary of the Wonderful World of Disney 1978 TV Movie documentary
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color 1978 TV Series 1 episode
Neil Diamond: I'm Glad You're Here with Me Tonight 1977 TV Movie documentary
Lindsay Wagner: Another Side of Me 1977 TV Special
The Chevy Chase Show 1977 TV Movie
The Fantastic Journey 1977 TV Series 1 episode
Wonderbug 1976 TV Series 5 episodes
The Brady Bunch Variety Hour 1976 TV Series 1 episode
Serpico 1976 TV Series 1 episode
Neil Sedaka Steppin' Out 1976 TV Special
ABC's Saturday Sneak Peek 1976 TV Movie
Petrocelli 1976 TV Series 1 episode
Van Dyke and Company 1975 TV Special
Happy Days 1975 TV Series 1 episode
Cher 1975 TV Series 1 episode
The Hudson Brothers Razzle Dazzle Show 1974 TV Series
The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour 1971-1974 TV Series 64 episodes
Burt Reynolds' Late Show 1973 TV Movie
Ann-Margret: When You're Smiling 1973 TV Movie
Monsanto Presents Mancini 1971/III TV Special
Monsanto Presents Mancini 1971/II TV Special
Monsanto Presents Mancini 1971/I TV Special
The Ray Stevens Show 1970 TV Series 1 episode
The Andy Williams Show 1969 TV Series
Dionne Warwick- Souled Out 1969 TV Special
The Andy Williams Magic Lantern Show Company 1969 TV Movie
33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee 1969 TV Movie

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Suzanne Somers... And 10,000 G.I.'s 1983 TV Movie producer
That's TV 1982 TV Movie executive producer
The Suzanne Somers Special 1982 TV Special producer
Siegfried and Roy 1980 TV Special producer
Cher... and Other Fantasies 1979 TV Movie producer
Donny and Marie 1975-1978 TV Series producer - 22 episodes
Neil Diamond: I'm Glad You're Here with Me Tonight 1977 TV Movie documentary producer

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee 1969 TV Movie written by

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1978 DGA Award Directors Guild of America, USA Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Musical/Variety Neil Diamond: I'm Glad You're Here with Me Tonight (1977) · David Grossman (associate director plaque)
· Bob Graner (stage manager plaque)
1972 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Variety or Music The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour (1971)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1979 DGA Award Directors Guild of America, USA Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary NBC Salutes the 25th Anniversary of the Wonderful World of Disney (1978)
1978 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Special - Comedy-Variety or Music Neil Diamond: I'm Glad You're Here with Me Tonight (1977) · Jerry Weintraub (executive producer)
· Neil Diamond (star)
1975 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Directing in a Comedy-Variety or Music Series Cher (1975)
1975 DGA Award Directors Guild of America, USA Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Musical/Variety The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour (1971)
1974 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Best Directing in Variety or Music The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour (1971)
1974 DGA Award Directors Guild of America, USA Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Musical/Variety The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour (1971)
1973 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Variety or Music The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour (1971)
1973 DGA Award Directors Guild of America, USA Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Musical/Variety The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour (1971)
1972 DGA Award Directors Guild of America, USA Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Musical/Variety The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour (1971)
1971 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Variety or Music The Andy Williams Show (1969)


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