born on 30/9/1875 in Köln, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
died on 14/1/1942 in New York City, NY, United States
Alias Fred Fisher
Fred Fisher (born Alfred Breitenbach, September 3, 1875 – January 14, 1942) was a German-born American songwriter and Tin Pan Alley music publisher.
Fisher was born in Cologne. His parents were Max and Theodora Breitenbach. After visiting the United States in 1892, he immigrated in 1900, where he adopted the name Fred Fischer. He founded the Fred Fischer Music Publishing Company in 1907. During World War I he changed his surname to Fisher to make it seem less Germanic.
In 1914, Fred Fisher married Ana Fisher (née Davidovitch, later anglicized as Davis; born 1896). Their children – Daniel ("Danny"; 1920–2001), Marvin (1916–1993), and Doris (1915–2003) – also wrote songs professionally. Fisher died in Manhattan, New York and was interred at Maimonides Cemetery in Brooklyn.
In 1970, Fred Fisher was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. The Ripley's "Believe It or Not" column credited him with writing more Irish songs than anyone else.
- "If the Man in the Moon Were a Coon," by Fred Fischer, Will Rossiter (1867–1954) (pub) (1905) OCLC 497077685 (this was his first hit; it combined two then-popular song themes, Moon songs and Coon songs)
- "Come Josephine In My Flying Machine," by Fred Fischer, Shapiro (pub) (1910) OCLC 6586232
- "Peg O' My Heart, words by Alfred Bryan, music by Fred Fisher, Leo Feist (pub) (1913) OCLC 11149171
- "Who paid the rent for Mrs. Rip Van Winkle?" words by Alfred Bryan, music by Fred Fischer, Leo Feist (pub) (1914) OCLC 49782832
- "Lorraine (My Beautiful Alsace Lorraine)" lyrics by Al Bryan, music by Fred Fisher, McCarthy & Fisher (pub) (1917) OCLC 13465614
- "They Go Wild, Simply Wild, Over Me," words by Joe McCarthy (1885–1943), music by Fred Fisher, McCarthy & Fisher (pub) (1917) OCLC 1781-1063
- "The Popular Wobbly," parody of "They Go Wild, Simply Wild, Over Me," words by T-Bone Slim (1880–1942), Industrial Workers of the World (pub) (1920)
- "Dardanella," words by Fred Fisher, music by Felix Bernard (1897–1944) & Johnny S. Black (1895–1936), McCarthy & Fisher Inc. (1919) OCLC 10206915
- "Chicago," by Fred Fisher, Fred Fisher (pub) (1922) OCLC 20597644
- "That's When Your Heartaches Begin," by William Raskin, George Brown (Billy Hill), and Fred Fisher, Fred Fisher Music Co. (1940) (an Ink Spots tune recorded in 1957 by Elvis) OCLC 46387847
- "Your Feet's Too Big," by Ada Benson, Fred Fisher, The Four Ink Spots (1936) OCLC 497463463
- "I'd Rather Be Blue," words by Billy Rose, music by Fred Fisher, Irving Berlin (pub) (1928) OCLC 2512-2790
- "Whispering Grass," words by Fred Fisher, music by Doris Fisher, Mills Music Inc. (pub) (1940) OCLC 26008157
Some of his other songs are;
- 1917 "Pull the Cork Out of Erin Let the River Shannon Flow". L: Addison Burkhardt
- 1918 "Come Across, Yankee Boy, Come Across". L: Alfred Bryan
- 1918 "In the Harbor of My Mother's Arms". L: Monty Brice
- 1918 "Little Blue Bonnet Girl"
- 1918 "Mister McAdoo". L: Joseph McCarthy & Alfred Bryan
- 1918 "Oui, Oui, Marie". L: Alfred Bryan
- 1918 "Sink All Your Ships in the Ocean Blue". L: Jack Glogau
- 1918 "Wee, Wee, Marie (Will You Do Zis for Me)". L: Joseph McCarthy & Alfred Bryan
- 1918 "We're All Comrades Now". L: Joe McCarthy
- 1918 "When Yankee Doodle Sails Upon the Good Ship Home Sweet Home". L: Addison Burkhardt
- My Man (1928) – Fanny Brice sings I'd Rather Be Blue, a Fisher-Billy Rose collaboration that was later covered by Barbra Streisand.
- Oh, You Beautiful Doll (1949) – This film is a fictionalized Hollywood biography featuring many of Fisher's songs. A Tin Pan Alley promoter (Mark Stevens) turns serious composer Fred Breitenbach (S.Z. Sakall) into songwriter Fred Fisher.
Come Josephine In My Flying Machine 1910
They Go Wild, Simply Wild, Over Me 1917
General references Source Citation:
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- American Popular Songs. From the Revolutionary War to the present. Edited by David Ewen. New York: Random House, 1966
- American Songwriters. By David Ewen. New York: H.W. Wilson Co., 1987
- The ASCAP Biographical Dictionary. Third edition. New York: American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, 1966
- ASCAP Biographical Dictionary. Fourth edition. Compiled for the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers by Jaques Cattell Press. New York: R.R. Bowker, 1980
- Biographical Dictionary of American Music. By Charles Eugene Claghorn. West Nyack, NY: Parker Publishing Co., 1973
- Biography Index. A cumulative index to biographical material in books and magazines. Volume 1: January 1946 - July 1949. New York: H.W. Wilson Co., 1949
- Biography Index. A cumulative index to biographical material in books and magazines. Volume 6: September 1961 - August 1964. New York: H.W. Wilson Co., 1965
- Biography Index. A cumulative index to biographical material in books and magazines. Volume 15: September 1986 - August 1988. New York: H.W. Wilson Co., 1988
- Biography Index. A cumulative index to biographical material in books and magazines. Volume 16: September 1988 - August 1990. New York: H.W. Wilson Co., 1990
- The Complete Encyclopedia of Popular Music and Jazz, 1900-1950. Three volumes. By Roger D. Kinkle. New Rochelle, NY: Arlington House Publishers, 1974. Biographies are located in Volumes 2 and 3
- Dictionary of Pseudonyms. Third edition. By Adrian Room. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co., 1998
- The Encyclopedia of Popular Music. Third edition. Eight volumes. Edited by Colin Larkin. London: MUZE, 1998. Grove's Dictionaries, New York, 1998
- The Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music. Composers and their music. Supplement. By William H. Rehrig. Westerville, OH: Integrity Press, 1996
- The New American Dictionary of Music. By Philip D. Morehead with Anne MacNeil. New York: Dutton, 1991
- The New Grove Dictionary of American Music. Four volumes. Edited by H. Wiley Hitchcock and Stanley Sadie. London: Macmillan Press, 1986
- Notable Names in the American Theatre. Clifton, NJ: James T. White & Co., 1976. Earlier edition published as The Biographical Encyclopaedia and Who's Who of the American Theatre
- The Oxford Companion to Popular Music. By Peter Gammond. Oxford, England: Oxford University Press, 1991
- Popular American Composers. From Revolutionary times to the present. A biographical and critical guide. First edition. Compiled and edited by David Ewen. New York: H.W. Wilson Co., 1962
- Songwriters. A biographical dictionary with discographies. By Nigel Harrison. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co., 1998
- Sweet and Lowdown. America's popular song writers. By Warren Craig. Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press, 1978. Biographies appear in the 'After Tin Pan Alley' section, beginning on page 91
- Tin Pan Alley. An encyclopedia of the golden age of American song. By David A. Jasen. New York: Routledge, 2003
- Jack Gottlieb, Funny, It Doesn't Sound Jewish: How Yiddish Songs and Synagogue Melodies Influenced Tin Pan Alley, Broadway, and Hollywood, Volume 1, pg. 25, SUNY Press (2004) ISBN 0-8444-1130-2 ISBN 9780844411309
- Honor Roll of Popular Song Writers: No. 13 – Fred Fisher, by Jack Burton, Billboard (magazine), pg. 48, March 19, 1949
- Songwriters Attend Fred Fisher's Rites: Buck Praises Him for Great Contribution to Music, The New York Times, January 17, 1942
- Hit Songs' Author Suicide by Hanging, The New York Times, January 15, 1942
- Jack Gottlieb, Funny ... , pg 25
- Parker, Bernard S. (2007). World War I Sheet Music - Volume 2. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company. pp. 489, 547, 586, 758, 764, 787. ISBN 0-7864-2799-X.
- Parker, Bernard S. (2007). World War I Sheet Music - Volume 1. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company. pp. 80, 303, 378, 415. ISBN 0-7864-2798-1.
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