The uber talented Morgan Fisher has 67 candles on his birthday cake today. From …
Written by megarock on January 1, 2018
The uber talented Morgan Fisher has 67 candles on his birthday cake today. From 1966 to 1970, Fisher played the organ with the soul / pop band, The Soul Survivors, who in 1967 renamed themselves Love Affair. They had a number one hit single in 1968 with “Everlasting Love”, while Fisher was taking a break from the band to complete his final year at Hendon County Grammar school. Between 1972 and 1973 he formed the progressive rock band called Morgan, with singer Tim Staffell (the vocalist with the band Smile, who later became Queen).
From 1973 to 1976, after a brief liaison with Third Ear Band, he joined British rock band Mott the Hoople. Meanwhile, Fisher contributed keyboards to John Fiddler’s Medicine Head, and when Mott folded, Fisher invited Fiddler to join the remaining members of Mott in what would become British Lions.
In 1980, Fisher conceived and produced the unique “Miniatures” album which had 51 one-minute tracks on it by artists including Robert Fripp, Gavin Bryars, Michael Nyman, The Pretenders, XTC, Penguin Cafe Orchestra, Robert Wyatt, Ivor Cutler, The Damned etc. A sequel was released in 2000.
In 1982 he played with Queen on their 1982 tour of Europe, and Freddie Mercury can be seen humorously introducing him to the audience just before the band’s performance of “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”, on the band’s Queen on Fire – Live at the Bowl album.
In 1985, Fisher moved to Japan, and worked in the music business there scoring commercials and films. Starting in November 2003 Morgan performed 100 monthly solo improvisation concerts at the cutting-edge arts/music club Superdeluxe in Roppongi, Tokyo. He called this concert series Morgan’s Organ, and has started to release live recordings of the series as downloads. The series ended in March 2013 and has been continued as Morgan’s Organ At Home at his personal studio in Tokyo since June 2013.
Happy Birthday Morgan!!!! To those of you who have never heard his ‘Minatures’ records, it is a must hear.