(TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
The Lively Ones
(TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 1963) (writer - 1 episode, 1963)
- Episode #2.2
... (performer: "Bye Bye Bill Bailey") / (writer: "Bye Bye Bill Bailey")
"Pete Fountain / Pee Wee Russel / Buck Clayton: Broadway to Bourbon Street" (Diplomat Records).
1 Article |
Peter Fountain's Jazz Group
Did You Know?
[Referring to the bandleader finding out that Fountain had been drinking before a performance, which was against Welk's sobriety rule] He [Lawrence Welk] put me in the front, and made me play one [song] after the other, waiting for me to make a mistake. The more I played, the hotter I got. So he finally backed off.
He began performing in nightclubs at age 15, alongside many icons of New Orleans jazz. When one of his high school teachers scolded him for sleeping in class, he explained that he was working nights on Bourbon Street. The teacher asked how much he made; Fountain said "$150 a week". The teacher replied, "I don't make that - go turn in your book." He wrote a note to Fountain's mother: "Let this boy...