Pete Fountain – The Best of Pete Fountain


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Release Date:  1996

Label:  Decca


Track List

  1. While We Danced at the Mardi Gras
  2. A Closer Walk
  3. Columbus Stockade Blues
  4. Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans
  5. Fascination Medley: Fascination, Basin Street Blues, Tin Roof Blues, Way Down Yonder in New Orleans
  6. China Boy (Go Sleep)
  7. Bye Bye Bill Bailey
  8. Lazy River
  9. Yes Indeed
  10. High Society
  11. Stranger on the Shore
  12. Over the Waves
  13. Oh, Lady Be Good
  14. You’re Nobody ’til Somebody Loves You
  15. My Blue Heaven
  16. Put on Your Old Grey Bonnet
  17. For Pete’s Sake
  18. When the Saints Come Marching In March
  19. St. Louis Blues
  20. When My Baby Smiles at Me
  21. Shrimp Boats
  22. Indiana (Back Home in Indiana)



Though clarinetist Pete Fountain has long been a fixture on the New Orleans jazz scene, his greatest notoriety came from his 1957-1959 nationally televised appearances with the Lawrence Welk orchestra leading a small group playing traditional jazz. Fountain, a Benny Goodman disciple who plays the old standards with indefatigable fervor, is a fixture on Mardi Gras day in New Orleans, leading the early morning parade down St. Charles Avenue with his “Half Fast” marching club. As Fountain walks, he plays the numbers on this record that comprise his standard repertoire–“While We Danced at the Mardi Gras,” “Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans,” “Basin Street Blues,” “Way Down Yonder in New Orleans,” “When the Saints Come Marching in March” and “St. Louis Blues.” –John Swenson


This collection is a reissue of a 1970 double album retrospective sampling from 15 of the 29 albums Fountain recorded for Coral Records between 1958 and 1967. Most of the cuts are work with small groups from the first half of the 1960s that showcase Fountain in his most comfortable surroundings. However there are a number of other settings that reflect the variety of his output during this time.

Big bands are included in cuts from his first Coral album in 1958 backed by Lawrence Welk’s orchestra (When My Baby Smiles at Me), as well selections from a somewhat more swinging collection, 1959’s The Blues (Columbus Stockade Blues and St. Louis Blues). The “Dixieland” variant on New Orleans music is featured on two cuts from the 1962 album Music From Dixie (Bye Bye Bill Bailey and High Society) and a pair of second line simulations from 1963’s South Rampart Street Parade (Put On Your Old Grey Bonnet, and Over the Waves).


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