New Orleans clarinetist and bandleader Pete Fountain was born on this day in 1930. He picked up the clarinet as a way to strengthen his lungs. He played with the Dukes of Dixieland and The Lawrence Welk Orchestra before going on his own, and owned his ownclub in New Orleans. He recorded over 100 albums over his career. "Basin Street Blues" was written in 1928 by Spencer Williams and is a familiar Dixieland tune.