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Pete Fountain

One of the most famous of all New Orleans jazz clarinetists, Pete Fountain has the ability to play songs that he has performed a countless number of 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 have remained unchanged since the late '50s, yet he never sounds bored. In 1948, Fountain (who is 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 has 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). ~ Scott Yanow, Rovi
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horse50man
Really a Great sound . Very hard to duplicate.
Best of them all. Tone and clarity unmatched!!!
I saw him in San Diego over thirty years ago. He and Acker Bilk are the two greatest living clarinettist s IMO.
Pete Fountain means a lot to any Miss New Orleans worthy of the position!
walt201
went to his club,best evening ever spent.nonenb e t t e r
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! =)
I love the music of Pete Fountain.... s o smooth and classy. He and
Al Hirt are the best!!
oh yes....forgo t to mention in previous post....I've been playing for 51 years now...lollll
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.
what a sound, as a clarinet player I envy this big time
danced at the Paladium in Hollywood California in the forties to all the big bands, music today no comparison, of course I am parchial
At 91 he is fantastic to listen to.
Pete Fountain is without a doubt one of the world's best clarinetists , no doubt it.
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.
jajuanme2002 7
PETE FOUNTAIN ROCKS! I love the clarinet >o<
noodlespoodl e s
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you have started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it actually works
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.
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
@fdon135...d i t t o .
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
God put Pete here for one reason & that was to make all that fantastic music for us to kick back & enjoy.He is absolutely amazing.
Was just thinking, dang, I sure used to love Pete's Closer Walk with thee and shazam!!! It just popped up!!! DMB
assigned to New Orleans for a year in 1960 and listened to Pete and Al Hirt almost every night. remlik
God put his hand on pete for only one reason & that's to play the clarinet for people that love music
This was the first song I learned to play on my grandmothers organ...good times!! ❌❤❌❤
lstephenson1 7 8
Got to see Mr. Fountain and Mr. Hirt play at Pete Fountain's back in the early 70's. What a show!!!!
Pete I:m a sax man played one for most of my life, just want to say I love you sounds. Steve .
miataman93
I was in N.O. during Mardi Gras 1965. Stayed in his club most of the 3 three days I was there.
mvm531
Gosh Pete, you make me almost cry listening to your beautiful music.
Love ya man!
Pete's still the best jazz clarinetist -- ever!
There are so many great artists that have not been lost but can now live on and perform thanks to Pandora. These puddin heads today that can't even tell you who the Vice President is now have a chance to know when there was real talent. DMB (By the way, who is the Vice President?)
s_bennett08
play more Pete Fountain on station
Mmmmmmm...!
cashughes
I am 67 and have admired your music since the late 60's. I just get lost in your music. Love the high notes and jazz. Keep Rock'n Pete.

The man can jam !!!
Pete doesn't just play notes, he's an artist and makes beautiful
music.
Love that Darktown Strutters Ball...great !
Basin Street Blues...m m m m m - GOOD!
Along with Al Hirt - my two favorite !
Had a chance to see Pete, in New Orleans, in 1996, so glad I did, great!
Thanks for starting 2011 with a "Pete Fountain" Marathon!
The St. Louis Blues...what a way to lead into the New Year! Only with Pete Fountain, things are looking up.
"Careless Love" oh what a Dixieland number...mel l o w like a cello!
retnick
One of the best. Great playing, LOVE HIM
He and Monty Sunshine are the best I ever heard, and I have been lisining for more than 50 years.
I agree with Bill, I don't that I would have ever listened to him if he hadn't been on Carson's show. He just caught my attention
wlpoulson
I'll admit my love for Pete Fountain comes from watching him on Carson. I think he was on the show like 50 times or more. Every time he came on and played I was enamored. He and Doc Severenson sure could make some awesome music.
"The Washboard Blues"...gre a t interpretati o n !
gayleabadie
This is absolutely beautiful New Orleans music, he's the best without a doubt.
I knew Goodman and Shaw, Pete's still the best ever!
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