Lawrence Wayne Fischer, better known as Wild Man Fischer, died in his hometown Los Angeles on June 15. He was 66. Fischer was a prolific songwriter, often classified as an “outsider” artist. He was notable for being responsible for Rhino Records’ first release, Go To Rhino Records in 1975.
Fischer was institutionalized at age 16 for attacking his mother with a knife. He was later diagnosed with various mental disorders. Following his release from the hospital, Fischer wandered the streets of Los Angeles singing his unique brand of songs for 10¢ to passers-by. He was discovered by Frank Zappa in 1965, with whom he recorded his first album “An Evening With Wild Man Fischer” in 1968.
Over the years Fischer would record sporadically. His output includes three albums for Rhino Records.
In 2005 Wild Man Fischer was the suject of “Derailroaded: Inside The Mind Of Larry Wild Man Fischer“, the definitive documentary about his life and work. Sadly, his most essential album “An Evening With Wild Man Fischer” is not available on cd.
The Fischer family is requesting that if you wish to honor Larry’s memory please make a donation to the National Alliance on Mental Illness: www.nami.org