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Pete Fountain: July 3, 1930 – August 6, 2016



I thought sure he would already be listed here. Aside from the above tune from a Christmas album that has never been released in the digital age (or has it?), Fountain has another Christmas connection.

Fountain was a clarinetist in the late Fifties in Lawrence Welk's Orchestra. In his autobiography, He says that he was fired by Welk after jazzing up the song "Silver Bells" on the clarinet on a 1958 television Christmas special.


There is some discrepancy to the firing claim and another story goes that Fountain wanted to jazz up the Orchestra to which Welk said no. So, Fountain simply quit.

Either way, Fountain, who was born and raised in New Orleans, is quoted as saying "Bourbon and champagne don't mix." (Some of you will get the references.)
 
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Pete Fountain: July 3, 1930 – August 6, 2016



I thought sure he would already be listed here. Aside from the above tune from a Christmas album that has never been released in the digital age (or has it?), Fountain has another Christmas connection.

Fountain was a clarinetist in the late Fifties in Lawrence Welk's Orchestra. In his autobiography, He says that he was fired by Welk after jazzing up the song "Silver Bells" on the clarinet on a 1958 television Christmas special.


There is some discrepancy to the firing claim and another story goes that Fountain wanted to jazz up the Orchestra to which Welk said no. So, Fountain simply quit.

Either way, Fountain, who was born and raised in New Orleans, is quoted as saying "Bourbon and champagne don't mix." (Some of you will get the references.)
Oddly, though, Welk was really fond of Dixieland jazz ... we've seen kinescopes of his show from the 1950s where the orchestra plays a Dixieland tune, and Welk vigorously bops around while conducting, with a huge smile on his face! But I guess anything "jazzy" had to be on his own terms. He seems to have been quite the musical autocrat.

(Pls excuse the hijack)
 
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Posted this in the wrong thread, but Robert (The Man From U.N.C.L.E.) Vaughn, last week.
 
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