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Carl Fischer (This section is currently in preparation)
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Carl T. Fischer was a Native American jazz pianist and composer who worked with Frankie Laine and composed Laine's 1945 hit song, "We'll Be Together Again" as well as other important popular songs including "It Started All Over Again," "You've Changed," "Give Me a Kiss for Tomorrow," and "Baby, Just for Me."
Fischer's parents, of Cherokee lineage, overcame poverty to provide him with music lessons. At the age of 32, Fischer joined a touring band and wrote some minor hits, which led to his work as an accompanist, conductor and arranger for Laine from 1946-1954. With Laine's encouragement, Fischer wrote the musical, Tecumseh!, although it was never performed before Fischer's death.
Fischer's work also included serving as a conductor for Navy and Marine Corps bands during WWII and as a pianist for Hollywood film studios.
Alec Wilder in his commentary on Fischer's song "We'll Be Together Again" notes what a great example it is of pop song sophistication while still being different in character from a theater song. Wilder adds that along with being Frankie Laine's accompanist, Fischer is "a very dear man" (Wilder, p. 513, hard cover Ed.).
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