James Fisher, whose extensive music industry career included senior international posts at Motown Records and ASCAP as well as a key role at the Music Managers Forum, died on April 3 in London after complications with coronavirus. He was 89.
Born in Perth, Australia, Fisher worked initially in radio and television there, and read the first news bulletin broadcast by the ABC-TV network in his hometown on May 7, 1960. The following year, he emigrated to the U.K. and was employed by Independent Television News as a newscaster. In 1965, Fisher joined the BBC as continuity editor for its radio networks, and later as presentation editor for BBC Radio 1 and 2. In that role, Fisher recruited then-pirate radio broadcasters Noel Edmunds and Kenny Everett for voiceovers and links.
In 1970, Fisher formed an independent label and publishing firm, Very Good Music. It was subsequently acquired by RCA Records, where he was appointed as manager of international marketing and worked with the likes of David Bowie, Sweet and David Cassidy.