Legendary Composer Clare Fischer Passes Away At 83

Clare Fischer File Photo

Clare Fischer File Photo

Legendary composer Clare Fischer who has worked with Prince, Paul McCartney, Celine Dion, Tori Amos, Chaka Khan, and Robert Palmer, has died at the age of 83.

His official web site has been updated with his passing.

Clare released his first recording in 1962 and during that time would make arrangements for artists such as Sergio Mendes.  In the 70’s, he formed a latin band called “Salsa Picante,” and won a Grammy as part of that group in 1981.  That followed with working with The Jacksons, Debarge, and Atlantic Star.

In 1985, Fischer started working with music icon Prince on his “Parade” record.  he also worked on Prince’s “Pink Cashmere” “The One” and “Goodbye”.  Clair and Prince continued to work together as recently as Prince’s “Te Amo Corazon” released on his number 1 album “3121” recorded in 2005.  Prince heard of his writing through Rufus and Chaka Khan whose drummer was Clair’s nephew.

Interestingly enough, although Prince and Clare worked with each other for over 30 years, they never met.

“I never met Prince and I was informed by people who had been with him when asked about meeting me that he said “I don’t want to meet him.”  It’s going just fine as it is.”

Clare felt the reason that him and Prince worked together for so long is because they hadn’t met personally.

We have contacted Prince’s people regarding a comment about Clare’s passing but have not heard anything back yet.  Prince had this to say about Clare a few years ago for his work on “Parade”;

“Special thanks 2 Clare Fischer 4 making brighter the colors of black & white.”

Clare Fischer’s talent and compositions will be heard for generations to come.  How would Clare wish to be remembered?

“I may die a poor man, but I will have a smile on my face”-Clair Fischer 1991


Diagnosis:  Sometimes It Snows In April……



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  • Qaid Amir Ali
    Posted at 14:56h, 28 January

    R.I.P. Mr. Fisher … You will be missed in the music community and we thank you for making the colours so bright …

  • 1817
    Posted at 21:58h, 27 January

    R.I.P – love and prayers.

    I doubt Prince will make any kind of statement. It’s more his style to play a tune at a show and let the music send off his regards.

  • chocolatebox
    Posted at 13:18h, 27 January

    R.I.P. Clare Ur strings were haunting & classics

  • Me
    Posted at 09:43h, 27 January

    Clare also did string arrangements on “Elixer” (title track)

  • Slyy
    Posted at 06:53h, 27 January

    Don’t worry about him, For he has joined the GREATEST BAND in the SKY

  • justmemuchlove
    Posted at 04:45h, 27 January


  • lovesigner
    Posted at 00:31h, 27 January

    As I commented on your FB post:
    What a loss! Clare had established a great reputation before I heard of his connection with Prince, but of course, we were all excited about that. It’s the loss of a great talent! Sorry to hear it. Thank you, Doc.

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