Guitarist Eddie Fisher, a Centreville, IL resident whose albums The Third Cup and The Next One Hundred Years blended jazz, soul, blues, funk and a touch of psychedelia to earn a substantial cult following among jazz guitar fans, has died after a long bout with cancer.
A native of Little Rock AR, Fisher toured with Solomon Burke and served as Albert King’s bandleader before establishing his career as a solo artist. He also lived in Memphis for a time before moving to the St. Louis area and becoming part of the house band at the Blue Note Club in East St. Louis. His first two records were released by Chicago’s Cadet label, a subsidiary of Chess, and a third, Hot Lunch, came out on the All Platinum label.
Fisher then started his own imprint, Nentu Records, and over the years released three more CDs: Fisher, The Promise, and 42nd Street. In addition, in 1994 he and his wife Christina began operating a video production business and theater in Centreville. Fisher had not performed much in recent years, presumably due to his health problems, but did manage to make a couple of non-playing public appearances when The Next One Hundred Years was reissued on CD last year. Fisher was voted into the Arkansas Jazz Hall of Fame in 2004. You can read an interview with Fisher from 2001 here, and Terry Perkins did a very nice feature story on Fisher for the Riverfront Times in 2002, available online here.
No word yet as to funeral arrangements, but StLJN will have updates as more information become available.
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