Peter Dewey Fountain, Jr. was born July 3, 1930 in New
Orleans, the cradle of American music, Jazz. He was a
skinny kid who spent too much time hanging around the front
stoop of the Top Hat Dance Hall near his home. The Top
Hat was a stronghold of Dixieland Jazz and Jazz already
had a strong hold on Pete Fountain. But, oh the sounds!
This was music straight from the soul. Sounds that would
never be written in stone, that would always be brand new
because they were purely personal. Pete heard all the
greats in New Orleans and he knew he wanted to play Jazz.
After endless hours of practicing and listening to the
recordings of Benny Goodman and Irving Fazola, the
personal sound of Pete Fountain began to emerge and it
was "Fat." By the time Pete was 16, he had already gained
a reputation on Bourbon Street