Freddie Fisher (musician)

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Freddie Fisher (11 June 1904–28 March 1967) was an American musician, leader of a band variously known simply as the Freddie Fisher Band, Freddie Fisher and His Schnickelfritz Orchestra (The word schnickelfritz is an affectionate term of German origin for "a mischievous little boy"; comparable to scamp.[1]), or Colonel Corn and His Band.[2] The band, which first made its name in Minnesota, was essentially a novelty act, influenced by such vaudeville performers as Clayton, Jackson, and Durante,[3] his deliberately corny approach to songs was a precursor to Spike Jones.[4]

Hits in Billboard's early (pre-1944) country music charts include "Horsey, Keep Your Tail Up", "Sugar Loaf Waltz" and "They Go Wild, Simply Wild Over Me".

Fisher was born in 1904 in Lourdes, Iowa (near Garnavillo, Iowa[3]) and died in 1967 in Aspen, Colorado,[2] he appeared in at least nine films between 1938 and 1949.[2][5] The latter part of his life was lived in Aspen, where he ran a repair shop called Fisher the Fixer and played in a band that included his son King Fisher.[6]


  1. ^ schnickelfritz, Dictionary of American Regional English. Retrieved online 14 August 2011.
  2. ^ a b c Freddie Fisher on IMDb . Retrieved 14 August 2011.
  3. ^ a b Music: Schnickelfritz, Time magazine, 6 September 1937. Retrieved online 14 August 2011.
  4. ^ Cub Koda, Spike Jones and His City Slickers (biography), Pandora Radio. Retrieved 14 August 2011.
  5. ^ At least one source says he appeared in 15 films, but does not list them: Mary Eshbaugh Hayes, Freddie Fisher, The Aspen Times, 3 July 2005. Retrieved 14 August 2011.
  6. ^ Mary Eshbaugh Hayes, Freddie Fisher, The Aspen Times, 3 July 2005. Retrieved 14 August 2011.

Further reading[edit]

  • Su Lum & Barbara A. Lewis, Fisher the Fixer (Second Edition, 1974), self-published. Lum is a longtime columnist for the Aspen Times.

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