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Wild Man Fischer
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    (November 6, 1944-June 16, 2011)
    Born in Los Angeles, California
    Birth name was Larry Wayne Fischer
    Street musician discovered by Frank Zappa
    Recorded the albums 'An Evening with Wild Man Fischer' (1969), 'Wildmania' (1977), 'Pronounced Normal' (1981) and 'Nothing Scary' (1983)
    Featured in the documentary 'Derailroaded: Inside the Mind of Wild Man Fischer' (2005)
    He suffered from both schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
    At 16, he was institutionalized after attacking his mother with a knife.
    His relation with Zappa broke up after he threw a jar and almost hit his daughter Moon Unit.
    In his manic phases, he would telephone people up to thirty times a day.
    The Onion's A.V. Club said that he 'didn't so much sing as belch, squawk and holler.'
    He had a cult following.
    Dr. Demento said, 'He made up songs that were beautiful and interesting.'
    Billy Mumy of Barnes and Barnes, who produced two of his albums, said 'We never expected to make much money from working with Wild Man Fischer. We choose to do it because we were personally moved by his talent. We know him to be a powerful, unique artist and we wanted to help him realize that vision.'
    Okay, Zappa, Dr. Demento and Barnes & Barnes being fans of this guy is practically expected. But what about Rosemary Clooney, who recorded the duet 'It's a Hard Business' with him? (1986)

Credit: C. Fishel

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