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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 3 July 1930New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Date of Death 6 August 2016New Orleans, Louisiana, USA  (heart failure)
Birth NamePierre Dewey LaFontaine Jr.

Mini Bio (1)

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.

Spouse (1)

Beverly Lang (27 October 1951 - 6 August 2016) (his death) (3 children)

Trivia (6)

Dixieland clarinetist.
Inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame in 1997.
When asked why he left "The Lawrence Welk Show" he replied, "Because bourbon and champagne don't mix."
Inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in 2008.
He took up the clarinet on the advice of a doctor, who said it would help improve his lung capacity.
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 get some sleep so he can work at night.".

Personal Quotes (1)

[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.

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