Put these talents in unison, and you've got something rare indeed: creative musicality working every memorable moment. The clarinet, by the way, is another bond between them. Bert learned to play it in addition to the sax, accordion and piano. He can therefore better appreciate Pete's virtuosity on the "stick" - and his desire to salute Pete's mastery of the clarinet inspired a tune specially dedicated to his fellow artist.
Its very title, For Pete's Sake, is a measure of his affection and respect for the fabulous Fountain. A new Pete Fountain album is eagerly awaited by fans everywhere. The songs and "sound" of Bert Kaempfert are a hit parade in themselves. Put the two together and you've got a winner. So stop holding this album; put it in a record player, and get a piece of the action.
Post a Comment. Peter Dewey Fountain, Jr. He was a skinny kid who spent too much time hanging around the front stoop of the Top Hat Dance Hall near his home. But, oh the sounds! This was music straight from the soul. By the s, sales of Kaempfert's music had dropped off somewhat, but he continued to record his version of the Theme from Shaft was admired by Isaac Hayes himself  and remained popular with audiences.
He expanded the musical scope of his band and recorded in a wide variety of styles. He also began to play live concerts with his orchestra, beginning in , with a successful appearance at London's Royal Albert Hall. Recorded in July , the song could not get released in Germany, so Kaempfert took the track to Decca Records in New York, who released it in America in the fall of With its haunting solo trumpet by Charles Tabor , muted brass, and lush strings, the single topped the American pop charts and turned Bert Kaempfert and Orchestra into international stars.
Kaempfert's orchestra made extensive use of horns. The album and its singles, released by Polydor Records , were the Beatles' first commercially released recordings. In his capacity as record producer, Kaempfert played a part in the rise of The Beatles when he signed a Liverpool-based singer named Tony Sheridan. Sheridan had been performing in Hamburg, and needed to recruit a band to play behind him on the proposed sides. He auditioned and signed the Beatles, and recorded two tracks with them during his sessions for Sheridan: " Ain't She Sweet album " sung by rhythm guitarist John Lennon and "Cry for a Shadow" an instrumental written by Lennon and lead guitarist George Harrison.
On October 28, , a man walked into the music store owned by Brian Epstein to ask for a copy of "My Bonnie", a song that was recorded by the Beatles, but credited to Tony Sheridan.
The store did not have it, but Epstein noted the request. He was so intrigued by the idea of a Liverpool band releasing a record, he investigated. This event led to his discovery of the Beatles and, through his effort, their signing by George Martin to Parlophone Records after Kaempfert helped them elude any contractual claim by Polydor.
It featured Kaempfert's signature hits. Christmas Is a Comin'. Live at the Ryman. High Society. Pete's Beat. Cheek to Cheek. Pete Fountain at Piper's Opera House. A Touch of Class. New Orleans All Stars. I Got Rhythm. Big Band Blues.
New Orleans Jazz. A Taste of Honey. Licorice Stick. Kaempfert was born in Hamburg , Germany , where he received his lifelong nickname, Fips, and studied at the local school of music. The album and its singles, released by Polydor Records , were the Beatles' first commercially released recordings. Kaempfert's own first hit with his orchestra had been in , " Wonderland by Night ".
Wonderland by Night couldn't get a hearing in Germany. Instead, Kaempfert brought the track to Decca Records in New York, who released it in America in ; with its haunting solo trumpet, muted brass, and lush strings, the single topped the American pop charts and turned Bert Kaempfert and Orchestra into international stars. As a producer, Kaempfert also played a part in the rise of The Beatles when he signed a Liverpool-based singer named Tony Sheridan , who was performing in Hamburg, and needed to recruit a band to play behind him on the proposed sides.
He auditioned and signed the Beatles, and recorded two tracks with them during his sessions for Sheridan: "Ain't She Sweet", sung by rhythm guitarist John Lennon and the instrumental "Cry for a Shadow", co-written by Lennon and lead guitarist George Harrison.Apr 25, · Several years later, the clarinetist moved the action up the street to a larger spot at Bourbon. Now Fountain had the luxury of having to play only two sets a night. In , the clarinetist finally moved Pete Fountain’s to its present location on the third floor of the Hilton Hotel.