Doris Fisher

Active - 1946 - 1946  |   Born - May 15, 1915 in Los Angeles, CA  |   Died - Jan 15, 2002   |   Genres - Musical, Comedy, Drama

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Singer/composer Doris Fisher was the creator of numerous contemporary standards and came to be known as the "Queen of the Jukebox." She was the guiding force behind such hits as "You Always Hurt the One You Love" and "Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall." Fisher was born into a musical family in New York City in May of 1915. Her father, Fred Fisher, was a renowned songwriter, and her siblings, Dan and Marvin Fisher, were songwriters as well. Recording under the name Penny Wise and Her Wise Guys and performing with such luminaries as Count Basie in her early years, the talented lass broadcast her own radio show in the '30s and teamed up with Slim Gaillard to record "Tutti Frutti" in 1938. The instant success of the track lead Fisher to a Broadway writing job for Mike Todd's Star and Garter. She was contracted by Columbia in 1945 and later teamed with Allan Roberts to pen songs for such popular films as Gilda (1946) and Dead Reckoning (1947). Subsequently married to real estate developer Charles Gershenson, the former songstress became an expert in furniture and design, going so far as to furnish the White House during the Kennedy administration. Fisher's marriage to Gershenson ended in the '60s, and it wasn't long before the talented former thrush moved back to Los Angeles to open two popular cookware stores, specializing in kitchen and dining room items. In January of 2003, Doris Fisher died of natural causes in L.A. She was 87.