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Therman Fisher

  • Birth 13 Nov 1931 Chandler, Henderson County, Texas, USA
  • Death 8 Oct 2005 Houston, Harris County, Texas, USA
  • Burial Houston, Harris County, Texas, USA
  • Plot Section 47, Lot 148, Space 6
  • Memorial ID 12067864

Entertainer. Therman Fisher was born on a Chandler, Texas farm; when he was a child, his family moved to Tacoma, WA and he was raised there for several years. Once Fisher was a teenager, they returned to Texas and moved into the Houston area. His father was an amateur singer and guitar player, and through him Therman gained an interest in country and blues music, becoming a devotee of Hank Williams, Joe Turner and Roy Acuff. In 1951, Fisher started his own bluegrass band; three years later after attending an Elvis Presley concert, he changed the format of the group to rockabilly and renamed them his trio The Rocking Boys. After a show at the Cosy Corner nightclub in 1955, the group was offered a short contract with Starday Records and The Rocking Boys recorded four songs, their debut being "Rockin' Daddy", which Fisher had written himself. Following up the next year with the remaining three songs "Sneaky Pete", "Rockin' and A 'Rollin'" and "Pink and Black", he started to gain a small but loyal following; however, the royalties they received were so small he refused to renew his contract with Starday. He tried to build his own label, Columbus Records, but outside of a few productions it was not successful, so he returned to his flooring business and only played small clubs until 1965 when he left the industry entirely. By 1979, classic rockabilly had become a huge trend in Europe, leading a pair of British promoters to track Fisher down at his home in Crosby. After convincing him to tour in England, his eight previous tracks were repackaged and released as the highly acclaimed album "Texas Rockabilly". Having found a new appreciative audience, Fisher released a small album of all new material in 1980, then another in 1981 titled "Texas Rockabilly Tear Up", which included the Elvis tribute song "I Miss You Elvis". Fisher was highly in demand in European clubs from 1981 to 1983, playing songs with other rockabilly and blues icons like Eddie Fontaine, Billy Hancock and Gene Summers. Returning home to Texas, he left music for a decade until appearing in Spain in 1993 to record his classic duet with rockabilly legend Sleepy LaBeef for the "Rockabilly Fiesta" album. This was to be his last album; Fisher returned home to Houston after its release where he lived quietly until his death.

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  • Originally Created by: GW
  • Added: 16 Oct 2005
  • Find A Grave Memorial 12067864
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Therman Fisher (13 Nov 1931–8 Oct 2005), Find A Grave Memorial no. 12067864, citing Brookside Memorial Park, Houston, Harris County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .