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Pete Fountain (1930–2016)

Pete Fountain was born on July 3, 1930 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA as Pierre Dewey LaFontaine Jr. He was married to Beverly Lang. He died on August 6, 2016 in New Orleans. See full bio »

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Known For

The Lawrence Welk Show
(1957-1958)
Super Bowl XXIV
Super Bowl XXIV Himself - Halftime Performer
(1990)
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson Himself - Guest / Himself / Himself - Musical Guest
(1964-1992)
Super Bowl XII
Super Bowl XII Himself - Halftime Show Performer
(1978)

Filmography

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 1988 Dolly (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Down in New Orleans (1988) ... (performer: "Down By The Riverside", "Down in New Orleans")
 1964 The Danny Kaye Show (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.21 (1964) ... (performer: "When the Saints Go Marching In")
  The Lively Ones (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 1963) (writer - 1 episode, 1963)
- Episode #2.2 (1963) ... (performer: "Bye Bye Bill Bailey") / (writer: "Bye Bye Bill Bailey")
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Album: "Pete Fountain / Pee Wee Russel / Buck Clayton: Broadway to Bourbon Street" (Diplomat Records). See more »

Publicity Listings:

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Alternate Names:

Peter Fountain's Jazz Group
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Personal Quote:

[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.

Trivia:

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... See more »

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