Song of the Day: Pete Fountain, “Basin Street Blues”

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.

7 thoughts on “Song of the Day: Pete Fountain, “Basin Street Blues”

  1. This is great and I never thought of Pete Fountain in this way. This means, I know the name but I am getting him confused with another Pete. Typical me.


  2. When I was in New Orleans every year I used to visit Pete’s cousin Ralph Fountain who was a magician. Ralph acted like Pete wanted nothing to do with him, but maybe he had his reasons. I thought Ralph was a nice guy though.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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  3. Love the song, but I don’t understand why the drums are bothering me so much. I think it would have sounded much better without them.

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