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Rob Fisher
Rob Fisher
 August 25, 1999
Age 39
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 Naked Eyes Singer Dies
 
                     Rob Fisher, singer for '80s pop duo Naked Eyes, died Wednesday 
                     (Aug. 25) in Surrey, England, of complications following stomach 
                     surgery, according to a representative of PJB Music, the band's 
                     publishing company. He was 39. "He had been sick for some time 
                     and last week was admitted to hospital for an emergency operation. 
                     He never recovered," Fisher's bandmate, Pete Byrne, wrote in a 
                     statement on the band's website (www.pjbmusic.com). Byrne owns 
                     PJB Music. Naked Eyes scored hits in 1983 with "Promises, 
             Promises" and a cover of Burt Bacharach's "Always Something
                     There to Remind Me." ~sonicnet.com
 
Climie Fisher's Rob Fisher dies 

                                    Keyboardist and songwriter, Rob Fisher (pictured on 
                                    the right with Simon Climie), has sadly died at the age of 
                                    39, after a long and undisclosed illness ending with an 
                                    operation from which he never recovered. Fisher is 
                                    mostly known for his work with writer and singer Simon 
                                    Climie in the band 'Climie Fisher', who scored a big 
                                    hit in the 80's with 'Love Changes Everything' which 
                                    reached number two in the charts, the year after Climie 
                   had a massive world-wide hit with the George Michael/Aretha Franklin 
                   collaboration, 'I Knew You Were Waiting For Me', which he co-wrote with US 
                   writer, Dennis Morgan. Their debut album, 'Everything' was produced by Steve 
                   Lillywhite (U2, Simple Minds) and Stephen Hague (Pet Shop Boys).  

                   Climie and Fisher met whilst they were both doing session work at the legendary 
                   Abbey Road Studios, Fisher on keyboards, and Climie on backing vocals, 
                   working for Lillywhite. Fisher was looking for a singer/songwriter and Climie was 
                   looking for someone to write and record with, and so Climie Fisher was born. 
                   At the time Fisher was involved with Naked Eyes, formed in 1979 with singer 
                   Pete Byrne, who released their debut album, 'Burning Bridges' in 1983, 
                   spawning two top 10 singles in America, a cover of the Burt Bacharach classic, 
                   'Always Something There To Remind Me' and their own song 'Promises 
                   Promises'. The former reached number 39 in the UK. After their second album, 
                   Byrne and Fisher parted, leaving Fisher to concentrate on session work, which 
                   included Billy Ocean ('When The Going Gets Tough'), The Alarm and the 
                   Communards. 

                   Fisher and Climie also composed for other artists including Jermaine Stewart, 
                   Jermaine Jackson, Five Star, Rod Stewart, Freddie McGregor, Milli 
                   Vanilli, Fleetwood Mac and they wrote 'You're Not Alone', a big hit for Amy 
                   Grant. Fisher also collaborated on several songs with the 80's 'Stock Aitken and 
                   Waterman' star, Rick Astley.  

                   Latterly, Rob Fisher had reunited with Pete Byrne for a 'comeback' album, 
                   working from Fisher's own commercial studio, The StoneRoom, based in 
                   London's Shepherd's Bush, which he had owned for some years.~Bigmouth  
 

 
 
  Rob Fisher, singer in Naked Eyes 
and later ClimieFisher, has died aged 39. 
   

 
                                              Rob had a long illness and was rushed to hospital 
                                              late last week for an operation. 

                                              He never recovered. 

                                              Naked Eyes was formed by Fisher and school buddy 
                                              Pete Byrne. They had a global top 10 hit in 1983 with 
                                              a cover of the Burt Bacharach song Always Something   
                                              There To Remind Me.  

                                              The success of the song was enough to make their 
                                              debut album 'Burning Bridges' a success, but its 
                                              follow-up 'Fuel For The Fire' didn't do as well. 

                                              Naked Eyes were destined for one hit wonderdom. 

                                              The duo disbanded in 1988 and Fisher surfaced 
                                              again in other twosome, Climie Fisher.  As Climie 
                                              Fisher, Rob was back on the charts with another 
                                              international hit Love Changes Everything. 

                                              Rob would have been 40 on November 5. 

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           Naked Eyes Keyboardist Rob Fisher Passes Away 
                       
                                  Rob Fisher, keyboardist and singer for '80s 
                                  synthpop duo Naked Eyes, has died at the age 
                                  of 39 after a bout with a long-term, undisclosed 
                                  illness. 

                                  According to a post by his former Naked Eyes 
                                  bandmate, Pete Byrne, on the group's official 
                                  website, Fisher passed away on August 25 
                                  while awaiting an emergency operation. 
                                  Additional details surrounding Fisher's death 
                                  were not immediately available. 

                                  Fisher and Byrne formed Naked Eyes in Britain 
                                  back in 1981, and scored a pair of hits in the 
                                  U.S. with a cover of the Burt Bacharach-Hal 
                                  David tune, "Always Something There to 
                                  Remind Me," and "Promises, Promises," both 
                                  of which were taken from the group's 1983 
                                  eponymous debut. 

                                  Despite the early success, Naked Eyes broke 
                                  up a year later after releasing its second album, 
                                  "Fuel for the Fire," and Fisher went on to work 
                                  with Simon Climie in a new group, Climie 
                                  Fisher. 

                                  Climie Fisher released a pair of albums in the 
                                  late '80s, charting with the single "Love 
                                  Changes Everything." Fisher also played 
                                  keyboards on several records for such artists as 
                                  Rick Astley and Jules Shear. 

                                  Fisher and Byrne had reportedly been working 
                                  on and off together for the last few years, and 
                                  there had been talk of releasing a new Naked 
                                  Eyes studio album next year. 

                                                          -- David Basham/MTV  
           
       

 
 
 
       
 

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Rob Fisher
born: November 5, 1959
died: August 25, 1999
        A key figure in the synth-pop movement of the early '80s, the 
        New Romantic duo Naked Eyes formed in Britain in 1981. 
        Comprised of former schoolmates Pete Byrne (vocals) and Rob 
        Fisher (keyboards), Naked Eyes debuted in March 1983 with 
        the LP Burning Bridges, reissued in the U.S. a month later 
        (minus several tracks) as a self-titled effort. The lead single, a 
        majestic cover of the Burt Bacharach-Hal David perennial 
        "Always Something There to Remind Me," emerged as a hit on 
        both sides of the Atlantic, reaching the U.S. Top Ten on the 
        strength of its video, which received heavy airplay on the 
        fledgling MTV network. The American follow-up "Promises, 
        Promises" (not the Bacharach/David composition) was also a 
         major hit, and Naked Eyes' future looked bright; however, 1984's  
        Fuel for the Fire fared poorly, its lone single "(What) In the Name 
        of Love" barely scraping into the Top 40. The duo disbanded soon 
        after; in 1988 Fisher resurfaced as one half of the pop duo Climie 
        Fisher. -- Jason Ankeny, All-Music Guide
 
 
 
  
 
 

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