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So often the layman and some musicians as well, feel that a
singer and instrumentalist must stay in one field of music.
Either the artist is commercial, a jazz singer, symphonic or
classical. We feel that many good musicians can have versatile
conceptions in more than one field.
Mal Fitch, singer-pianist, is such a versatile musician. He
was schooled from the age of six as a violinist. By thirteen
he was studying trombone as well and in between sang under the
astute tutelage of the great church choirmaster and organist,
Edwin Arthur Kraft, of Cleveland Ohio’s Trinity Cathedral.
At the ancient age of fifteen mal was lured to the “beat”
of swing and dance music and began writing arrangements and
playing piano with bands.
With his army band, he recorded for Armed Forces Radio Service
and toured the east coast. After college, he turned to working
as a single playing top clubs and hotels in Baltimore, Dayton,
Cleveland, Detroit, and Dallas.
He has worked as conductor-accompanist to the Crew-Cuts and
appeared with such acts as Mel Torme, The Four Lads, Patti Page,
Marion McPartland, Lena Horne.
Following long runs at the Sheraton-Cadillac in Detroit and
the Adolphus Hotel in Dallas, he joined the Crew-Cuts as Musical
Director, Conductor, playing piano and arranging. He not only
conducted on their recordings, but traveled with them on all
engagements including a two month tour of England. On several
engagements, including the Statler in Cleveland, he received
glowing reports from the critics. This eventually led to his
return to performer status as a single act.
During the period with the Crew-Cuts, he recorded a 12”
LP which was released on the Emarcy label, and marked his debut
as a recording vocalist. The excellent reception of the album
by the public, as well as such experts as Leonard Feather, also
influenced Mal to return to working as a single.
The return was climaxed by an award from Tony Zoppi of the
Dallas Morning News declaring Mal Fitch “The most promising
new act of 1956.”
This album displays a swinging beat and the intimate singing
which leans toward the jazz feel. Strange as it may seem, Mal
currently fronts one of the most popular “society”
combos in the southwest, and is in demand for all of the top
We urge you now to relax, listen… and be pleased.
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