Dave was born in New Haven, Connecticut, on July 19, 1940, the son of Abe and Sadie Fisher. His special talent as a musician and singer first surfaced at Hillhouse High School where he was a member of “The Academics,” a popular doo-wop singing group that toured New England to great acclaim. Their hit “Something Cool,” with David singing lead, can still be heard on www.doowopjukebox.com as a song featured in June, 2006, and November 2008, and on YouTube.
Upon graduation from high school in 1958 he left The Academics behind and entered Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, where he continued his musical interests, graduating in 1962 with the University’s first degree in Ethnomusicology. In his freshman year, David was a founding member and lead singer of “The Highwaymen,” which became one of the most prominent and successful folk music groups of the 1960s.