Tiger Rag – 1961

Pete Fountain


A fine performance by the famous clarinetist

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Throughout his long career, Pete Fountain (1930-2016) always played New Orleans jazz and swing, mixing together the influences of Benny Goodman and Irving Fazola.

Born and raised in New Orleans, Fountain was already well known before he spent two years as a featured soloist on the Lawrence Welk Show (1957-59) which made him nationally famous.

Fountain’s best recordings were for the Coral label in the early 1960s but he remained a strong player until his retirement a few years before his passing.

Pete Fountain’s appearance on the May 14, 1961 telecast of the Ed Sullivan Show includes a showcase for the clarinetist on ‘Tiger Rag” which also includes vibraphonist Godfrey Hirsch, pianist Stan Wrightsman, bassist Morty Corb, and drummer Jack Sperling.

-Scott Yanow

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