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"From 1924 through 1928, Alter was the accompanist and touring partner to entertainer Nora Bayes. In 1928, he began composing and had his first hit with “Manhattan Serenade”, originally an instrumental that would later become the theme song for Easy Aces Radio Show in the 1930’s. The song would have another incarnation in 1942 when Harold Adamson would add a lyric." (from The Songwriters Hall of Fame biography of Alter)
I was a great fan of [Paul] Whiteman when I first came down here from Boston. He was the first big name I actually followed around and met. I was having a love affair with New York when Whiteman commissioned me to write a tone poem. I walked around this city for six months absorbing the sights and sounds. And then suddenly it came to me. Once I plunged into it I finished it in two hours (souce: Wikipedia).
"After Hurricane Katrina, his song 'Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans?' took on a different kind of meaning . . . . experiencing a revival due to its use in various post-Katrina documentary films and TV shows. It was used for strong emotional effect in Spike Lee's four-hour [documentary] When the Levees Broke (2006) and an equally moving dramatic sketch by Billy Crystal on HBO's Comic Relief 2006"(souce: Wikipedia).
Maxine Sullivan performs the Louis Alter/Sidney D. Mitchell song "You Turned the Tables on Me"
at the Manassas Jazz Festival, December, 1975
(backed by Art Hodes, piano; Wally Garner, Clarinet; Butch Hall, Guitar).
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