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Pete Fountain

One of the most famous of all New Orleans jazz clarinetists, Pete Fountain had the ability to play songs that he performed countless times (such as "Basin Street Blues") with so much enthusiasm that one would swear he had just discovered them. His style and most of his repertoire remained unchanged from the late '50s into the new millennium, yet he never sounded bored. In 1948, Fountain (who was heavily influenced by Benny Goodman and Irving Fazola) was a member of the Junior Dixieland Band and this was followed by a stint with Phil Zito and an important association with the Basin Street Six (1950-1954), with whom the clarinetist made his first recordings. In 1955, Fountain was a member of the Dukes of Dixieland, but his big breakthrough came when he was featured playing a featured Dixieland number or two on each episode of The Lawrence Welk Show during 1957-1959. After he left, he moved back to New Orleans, opened his own club, and played there regularly up until retiring from the nightclub business in early 2003. Fountain's finest recordings were a lengthy string for Coral during 1959-1965 (they turned commercial for a period after that). Fountain died in New Orleans in August 2016 at the age of 86. ~ Scott Yanow
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Bourbon St. Magic

1. Way Down Yonder In New Orleans

2. Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans

3. Avalon (Live)

4. Just A Closer Walk With Thee (Live)

5. Lazy River

6. Just One Of Those Things

7. Stranger On The Shore

8. Basin Street Blues

9. Pete's Medley

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Track List: The Best Of Dixieland

1. Mahogany Hall Stomp

2. Tin Roof Blues

3. My Inspiration

4. Bye Bye Bill Bailey

5. High Society

6. Struttin' With Some Barbecue

7. Dixie Jubilee

8. South Rampart Street Parade

9. Put On Your Old Grey Bonnet

10. The Second Line

11. Basin Street Blues

12. The Darktown Strutters' Ball

13. Marching 'round The Mountain

14. Over The Waves

15. Careless Love

16. Walking Through New Orleans

17. Sugar Bowl Parade

18. Farewell Blues

19. Washington And Lee Swing

20. Walking Through New Orleans (2)

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Track List: Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans?

Disc 1

1. Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans

2. When The Saints Go Marchin' In

3. Just A Closer Walk With Thee

4. Sweethearts On Parade

5. When It's Sleepytime Down South

6. Tin Roof Blues

7. Aunt Hagar's Blues

8. Beale Street Blues

9. Wabash Blues

10. St. Louis Blues

11. Wang Wang Blues

12. I've Found A New Baby

13. Ja Da

14. Tiger Rag

15. Someday Sweetheart

16. The Birth Of The Blues

17. Dear Old Southland

18. That Da Da Strain

19. At The Jazz Band Ball

20. Jazz Me Blues

Disc 2

1. St. James Infirmary

2. Panama

3. Of All The Wrongs You Done To Me

4. Milenberg Joys

5. I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate

6. Strttin' With Some Barbecue

7. Bourbon Street Parade

8. Ballin' The Jack

9. Rockin' Chair

10. South Rampart Street Parade

11. Farewell Blues

12. Careless Love

13. Basin Street Blues

14. Black And Blue

15. That's A Plenty

16. The Sheik Of Araby

17. Dipper Mouth Blues

18. Washboard Blues

19. Muskrat Ramble

20. I've Got A Right To Sing The Blues

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Track List: Best Of Pete Fountain

1. While We Danced At The Mardi Gras

2. A Closer Walk

3. Columbus Stockade Blues

4. Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans?

5. Facination Medley: Fascination / Basin Street Blues / Tin Roof Blues / Way Down Yonder In New Orleans

6. China Boy (Go Sleep)

7. Bye Bye Bill Bailey

8. Lazy River

9. Yes Indeed

10. High Society

11. Stranger On The Shore

12. Over The Waves

13. Oh, Lady Be Good

14. You're Nobody 'Till Somebody Loves You

15. My Blue Heaven

16. Put On Your Old Grey Bonnet

17. For Pete's Sake

18. When The Saints Come Marching In March

19. St. Louis Blues

20. When My Baby Smiles At Me

21. Shrimp Boats

22. Indiana (Back Home In Indiana)

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Track List: Mr. New Orleans

1. South Rampart Street Parade

2. Put On Your Old Grey Bonnet

3. The Second Line

4. Basin Street Blues

5. The Darktown Strutters Ball

6. Marching 'Round the Mountain

7. Over The Waves

8. Careless Love

9. Walking Through New Orleans

10. Sugar Bowl Parade

11. Farewell Blues

12. Washington And Lee Swing

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Oooooooooo,, , t h i s is heavy, mmmmmm! RIP
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Pete and Al together again! RIP Pete!
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Pete & I joined the La. Nat. Guard 39th Div Band in Sept. 1949. We sat next to each other in the Clarinet Section. I had to read the charts, but Pete would rather improvise, so reading the charts was not his happy spot. He was a great individual and was truly the person shown on the clips from the Lawrence Welk show - A Genuine Gentleman all the time.With Pete's passing, I feel a personal loss, but at least he still lives on thru my albums that I play regularly.. Mike Hogan
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hihodavid
Rip Pete your the best!!!
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My love and praise to all you fantastic Dixieland Artists...I' m in my eightys now, but I've never lost my New Orleans born- and- bred love of your music and AllY'all. (Boots D'Aunoy)
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Now just imagine sitting by a grass runway, on a blanket, picnic basket, under a shade tree watching antique biplanes fly by all day while listening to this in the background. That's what we do every weekend at Vansant antique airfield in Pennsylvania . Join us as we're from a different space in time. Yes, we will take you for a ride.
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When it comes to dixieland no one better.
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There is no better then this.
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You got that right...!
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Sweet music! Nothin' finer!!!!!
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UH-HUH...ain ' t it great!
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It comes no better then this.
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A great artist, has a unique style and to me , makes you want more of his music.
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Positively he played the clarinet unlike any other clarinetist. Superb!
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Don't read this. You will be kissed by the love of your life on the nearest Friday. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. Don't stop this is freaky. but if you ignore this you will get very bad luck. Put this on 15 songs in the next 143 minutes. When you are done hit the space bar and your crushes name will appear on the screen in big letters.
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I'm 70, and although Pete is somewhat 'dated' for me, I grow to appreciate his skill and musical expression more every time I hear him. Thanks for the good music!
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Ain't it great!
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Been listening and playing this stuff for almost 60 years still cant get enough luvitall
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None better. At age 94 he makes me feel like 17 !
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Ooooooo...ou t of sight!
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moutlinedr
How nice on any day
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Swing it Daddy, you making me home sick for Naleans town
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Boy, Pete Fountain sure knows how to play the Wang Wang Blues, Oh yes!
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Mmmmmmmm,,,!
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k.pogwizd
a true jazz man
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Ooooooo...Pe t e Fountain is great!
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steph likes this tune
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Listening to Pete Fountain.... a great start to 2015...mmmmm !
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So smooth! Love the sunshine, Pete Fountain. Thank you!
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vjk41
Great Jazz !
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The premier jazz clarinetist of all time.
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horse50man
Really a Great sound . Very hard to duplicate.
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Best of them all. Tone and clarity unmatched!!!
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drakestraw96
I saw him in San Diego over thirty years ago. He and Acker Bilk are the two greatest living clarinettist s IMO.
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drakestraw96
Pete Fountain means a lot to any Miss New Orleans worthy of the position!
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walt201
went to his club,best evening ever spent.nonenb e t t e r
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border411
My dad and grandfather were both pen pals of his. In fact, they used to go backstage and hang out with him before his shows in the Albany, NY rea. After Katrina, my family sent a lot of old memoribilia down to NO to help rebuild his collection. I might be only 35, but I grew up on Pete Fountain. It is a nice change of pace, and a complete 180 from my listening to heavy metal and trance! =)
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I love the music of Pete Fountain.... s o smooth and classy. He and
Al Hirt are the best!!
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oh yes....forgo t to mention in previous post....I've been playing for 51 years now...lollll
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I've played clarinet since I was 9 years old. Have listened to many of Pete's albums over the years. Nobody in my opinion has the over all tone quality he does. Some are close, but no banana...lol . . . . . P e t e stopped playing in 08 after his induction to the Jazz Hall of Fame. But when he played at it, just was not him. Of course he is up in age. I want to remember him in his prime.
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what a sound, as a clarinet player I envy this big time
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danced at the Paladium in Hollywood California in the forties to all the big bands, music today no comparison, of course I am parchial
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At 91 he is fantastic to listen to.
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Pete Fountain is without a doubt one of the world's best clarinetists , no doubt it.
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paulpetraiti s
I'm 68. Met Pete Fountain and Al Hirt at Al's Club in the late 60's. Besides being GREAT musicians, they were down to earth people. My college friend's father knew Al Hirt years earlier and got us into the club...durin g a break both Al and Pete came by our table for a short visit...neve r expected that...real people.
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PETE FOUNTAIN ROCKS! I love the clarinet >o<
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If a computer were programmed to enter data including the talent of Goodman, Shaw, Dodds, Bechet, Fazola, and all the other great jazz clarinetists , and produce one clarinetist. . . t h e result would be Pete Fountain.
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Pete Fountain has been one of my favorites since I was a kid. No I'm not telling you how long that has been. LOL SusanR
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@fdon135...d i t t o .
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having played Dixie since highschool(i ' m 77) my talent id just a whisp of smoke. Pete is the STANDARD. it just can't get any better--fdon 1 3 5
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