MURMAIDS with a "U"? "It was just a typo." That’s what the younger of the
two Fischer sisters always thought – and she may have been right. Over
30 years later, it is still a mystery. Likewise, until now, it has been
a mystery where The MURMAIDS disappeared to after their first single, Popsicles
and Icicles climbed to #3 nationally in November of 1963.
In truth, they never really disappeared from the music business at all – only from The MURMAIDS. The two Fischer sisters are third generation musicians. Their father, the late Carl Fischer, was composer of such standards as You’ve Changed and We’ll Be Together Again, as well as musical director for Frankie Laine for over a decade. Terry Fischer Sr., their mother, was a big band singer (first girl singer with the Stan Kenton Orchestra) and their grandmother and great aunts were members of long time hit vaudeville act, "The Locust Sisters."
Younger sister, Carol, has been busy over the years producing the next generation of musicians. She married well-known jazz musician John Morell, who is a third generation guitarist. He and his father both enjoyed over 25 years each as first call guitarists on records, films and television. In the meantime, Carol and John produced two extremely talented musicians of their own – Justin (guitarist, drummer and composer) who just finished recording his fourth CD for Sonic Frenzy Records, and youngest son, Christopher, the first bass player in the family.
After The MURMAIDS, lead singer Terry Fischer, went on to have a 20-year career in the music business. Her career took her all over the country performing in nightclubs and concert halls, recording albums, and appearing on numerous television shows. Kraft Music Hall, the Jerry Lewis Telethon, the Merv Griffin Show, and the Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson are among her television credits. Personal appearances with Fabian, Tina Turner, Sonny and Cher, Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme, and Don Rickles, are among her favorites; however, her most memorable is as opening act featured singer with Frank Sinatra in his 1977 "Ol' Blue Eyes is Back" tour!
After a ‘hiatus’ of over three decades, the Fischer sisters thought it might be fun to put The MURMAIDS back together and join the nostalgia craze. "We thought we’d begin by contacting disc jockey Brian Beirne (Mr. Rock ‘N’ Roll) of Los Angeles’ ‘oldies’ radio station K-Earth 101", says Terry. "He told us he’d been looking for us for eight years! He made special arrangements to include us on the Annual Legends of Rock ‘N’ Roll’ show at the Greek Theatre in Hollywood, which at that time was one week away." The MURMAIDS made their comeback appearance to a warm welcome which included a standing ovation, hopefully, the first of many.
Yes, The MURMAIDS are back. This time to stay!
|In 1995, Collectables Records issued this CD featuring the original trio from the 1960's, Sally Gordon, Terry and Carol Fischer. By 1998, the Murmaids had reunited and released a new CD with their more contemporary sound, The Murmaids Splash Back.|
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