Sunday, June 1, 2008

In Crowd of the month: Pete Fountain (1966)

New Orleans clarinetist Pete Fountain found a niche years ago in dixieland jazz, playing both in a very traditional style, and applying that same sound to very commercial covers of popular music.

After Fountain's huge surge in popularity during his stint with Lawrence Welk, at the beginning of the 1960's he opened his own nightclub in New Orleans, performing there regularly until his semi-retirement in 2003.

This instrumental comes from one of his many albums released on the Coral record label, which was arguably where he made his finest recordings throughout the sixties.

From the LP
'A Taste Of Honey'
(Coral Records, 1966),
listen to:

Pete Fountain - The "In" Crowd
(click for audio)

See also:
- The extensive and expansive Pete Fountain Discography and blog

- Pete Fountain listed at All Music.Com

- A spotlight on Pete's years on TV with 'The Lawrence Welk Show' at the Welk Musical Family blog.

- Click here for this entry and all the previous 'In Crowd of the month' posts together on one page.

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