From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Fisher, Mary Ann

(born: 1923  -  died: 2004) 

Born in Henderson, KY, Fisher was a rhythm and blues singer whose career began in Louisville, KY. She toured with Ray Charles, with whom she had a relationship, and also toured with others before becoming a solo act and later returning to Louisville. Her first album Song Bird of the South was released in 2004. She can also be heard on the albums Early Girls, v.4, What'd I Say, and Talk'n 'Bout You. She can also be seen performing on the KET Mixed Media Programs 523, 541, and 813 [available online]. During her childhood, Fisher and some of her eight siblings were placed in the Kentucky Home Society for Colored Children in Louisville. Fisher was adopted after her first year at the orphanage. The orphanage was also home to Jonah Jones, Dicky Wells, and Helen Humes. For more see "Fisher, Louisville's 'queen of blues,' dies," Courier-Journal (Louisville), 03/13/04, News section, p.01B. View image and listen to Mary Ann Fisher - Put On My Shoes on YouTube.


Cited in this Entry

NKAA Entry: Jones, Robert E. "Jonah"
NKAA Entry: Wells, William "Dicky"
NKAA Entry: Humes, Helen
NKAA Source: Early girls. Vol. 4 (album)
NKAA Source: What'd I say (album)
NKAA Source: Talkin' 'bout you ; What kind of man are you (sound recording)
NKAA Source: Courier-Journal [Louisville] (newspaper)

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NKAA Entry:  Kentucky Home Society for Colored Children (Louisville, KY)

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