Louis Alter (June 18, 1902 - 5 November 1980) was a United States pianist, composer and songwriter.
Alter was born in Haverhill, Massachusetts. At age 13 he was playing piano to accompany silent films.
He traveled vaudeville as accompanist of headliner Nora Bayes from 1924 until her death in 1928. While he had previously written some songs for Broadway shows, Alter decided to concentrate on songwriting after Bayes' death. His first hit was "Manhattan Serenade".
In 1929 Alter moved to Hollywood, California, where he wrote music for films.
Alter's other hits include "Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans", "Blue Shadows", "Rainbow on the River", and "A Melody for the Sky" (from The Trail of the Lonesome Pine). Alter continued to write large-scale pieces for piano and orchestra. He died in New York City.
Louis Alter was inducted into the Songwriters' Hall of Fame in 1975
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