How in the world could I do my last post about a song and NOT talk about the songwriters? Let's put that right this minute!
"Whispering Grass" was written by Fred Fisher and his daughter, Doris Fisher! That might seem unusual but Fred Fisher was a songwriter and he and his wife had two sons and a daughter, and ALL of his children became songwriters. Isn't that astonishing?
Fred Fisher was born in Cologne, Germany in 1875. (Name of Alfred Breitenbach). He immigrated to America in 1900 and founded the Fred Fischer Music Company in 1907! (He changed his name to the spelling of "Fisher" during WWI.) How many songs did Fred Fisher write? So many!
Here is a list of some that you might know:
"Come Josephine, In My Flying Machine"
"Peg O' My Heart"
"I'd Rather Be Blue" (Please tell me this reminds you of Barbra Streisand skating and singing in the film "Funny Girl"! I love that!)
"That's When Your Heartaches Begin" (You must know this from The Inkspots! And Elvis also recorded it! Love this song!)
"Whispering Grass" (You already know this one, Fred Fisher wrote the words and his daughter, Doris Fisher wrote the music. It was written in 1940 for The Inkspots!)
Doris Fisher! Wow, what an extraordinary life story! Besides being a songwriter writing both lyrics and music, she was also a singer during the 1930's and 1940's. She was the lead singer in the group...and you got to love this..."Penny Wise and Her Wise Guys"!
You already know she wrote "Whispering Grass" with her father. Here is a list of just some of the songs that she co-wrote with others:
"You Always Hurt The One You Love"
"Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall"
"That Ole Devil Called Love"
"Put The Blame On Mame"
She married in 1947 and had two children. Doris Fisher began collecting antique American furniture and became well known for interior design. In the early 1960's, President Kennedy and First Lady, Jackie Kennedy consulted her for the interior design at the White House. Wasn't she an interesting woman? Don't you think that someone should make a film about this whole Fisher family? Of course, someone should!
Now, to leave you with another FANTASTIC vocal of this song, how about Sir Tom Jones? And this was just from the end of this past year. Apparently, the British are lucky enough to have Jools Holland on New Year's Eve with his "Jools Holland Hootenanny".
So, this is Jools Holland on piano and Sir Tom Jones singing...(at age of 80!) Enjoy!