Medley of tunes on the Tonight Show
Pete Fountain (July 3, 1930–August 6, 2016). Pierre Dewey LaFontaine, Jr., was one of the most prominent faces of New Orleans music for millions of Americans. He was a sickly child, and his doctor and father encouraged him to take up an instrument that would help him strengthen his lungs. Lucky for us he took up clarinet, as he developed into one of the all-time great performers on that instrument. As the story goes, he left the Lawrence Welk Show after Welk got upset over his jazzed up version of "Silver Bells." Fountain reportedly remarked "Bourbon and champagne don't mix." You'll find old copies of his records in every Goodwill or Salvation Army store in the country, a testament to his enormous popularity for decades. This medley from the Tonight Show showcases his remarkable talent. He made it seem almost effortless.