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"If I had grown up in any place but New Orleans, I don't think my career would have taken off. I wouldn't have heard the music that was around this town. "- Pete Fountain
Fountain brought his brand of swinging jazz to a wider audience by playing national television programs, including a regular gig on the “The Lawrence Welk Show.” Here, he is on “The New Steve Allen Show” set with singer Sandy Stewart.
Fountain picked up the clarinet after a doctor told him that playing it might strengthen his weak lungs. A high school student by day, at night he played out at New Orleans’ jazz clubs, calling himself a graduate of the Conservancy of Bourbon Street.