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"THE BIG HURT"
by TONI FISHER
originally released on Signet Records from 1959 (bio below)

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the late Toni Fisher, singer

Toni Fisher was born 1931 in Los Angeles, California. She was an American pop, blues and later in her career country singer.

Toni Fisher is best remembered for her 1959-60 song, “The Big Hurt” written by her husband Wayne Shanklin and released on his Signet label (later re-released by Big Top, then Gold Lion. The song went to No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 music chart in the U.S. “The Big Hurt” is notable because it featured phasing effects; indeed, it is claimed to be the first song to do so. DJ Dick Biondi on WKBW would introduce the record as “Toni Fisher’s weird one.”

According to an unconfirmed source the recording session was conducted in an airplane hangar, which is suggested by the sounds of aircraft in the background. Actually the song was recorded in the famous Gold Star Studios in Los Angeles and engineered by Stan Ross and Dave Gold.

Syndicated Radio Disc jockey Wink Martindale commented that the record label, Manager Wayne Shanklin's Signet Records, bills the singer as “Miss Toni Fisher” because of her powerful voice, which is consistently audible over the phasing, the instruments, and the background noise; to confirm to the listener that this is indeed a woman singing.

The follow up on Signet Records, "You Never Told Me," barely broke the top 40. In 1962 she had another Top 40 hit with “West Of The Wall” (#37), a song about the sadness of lovers separated by the 1961 erection of the Berlin Wall.

“The Big Hurt” was later covered by Del Shannon, Vicki Carr, Tammy Lynn, Susan Rafey, Susan Farrar, Scott Walker, Nick Cave, BearEssence, and Nessie & Her Beard.

Toni's final release came in 1995,
"You Won't Forget Me," reminiscent of her only top ten hit, "The Big Hurt" less the swish effect, with strings, eerie messaging of what would occur four years later (click title link to hear).

Toni Fisher died of a massive heart attack on February 12th, 1999.



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