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|Pete Fountain to be inducted into Delta Music Hall of Fame in Ferriday|
New Orleans jazzman Pete Fountain will be inducted into the Delta Music Hall of Fame on April 5th in Ferriday during the annual Delta Music Festival.
"We just received word this past weekend," said museum director Judith Bingham. "We're very excited about it. We're working out all the details now."
Bingham said Jason D. Williams of Memphis, who has a style similar to Ferriday native Jerry Lee Lewis, will be the headliner for the festival.
Bingham also noted that the new Arcade Theater is near completion.
"They put in the theater lights and are putting in the sound," Bingham said. "Everything is really looking good inside and the stage is completed with a huge wooden floor."
Bingham said Arcade will be dedicated during the festival and a ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held prior to the event.
Born July 3, 1930 in New Orleans, Fountain performed with several bands during his career, including Junior Dixieland Band in the famous Parisian Roomó.
A few years later, Fountain joined Phil Zito's International Dixieland Express. In 1957, Fountain appeared on the Lawrence Welk Show and became a household name.
After two years in California, Fountain came home to New Orleans. He opened his own jazz club in the heart of the French Quarter. His national fame and fans followed him to New Orleans which allowed Fountain's club to expand, through the past 38 years, into the largest jazz club in the city.
Fountain has performed at four U.S. State Dinners by command performance for four Presidents of the United States. He has also performed for Pope John Paul II at the New Orleans Papal Mass with an attendance of over 400,000 people.
He has recorded over 90 albums. Three of Fountain's albums have gone gold, "Pete Fountain's New Orleans," "The Blues," and "Mr. New Orleans." He also received a gold record for his hit single "Just A Closer Walk With Thee."
Williams has been identified as "enthusiastic, reckless, stormy, and rock and roll in its natural state."
The Kansas City Star named Williams as "the past and future of rock & roll."
The Beacon Journal dubbed him as "The world's greatest piano player." Most importantly this reminds you of why you got into rock & roll in the first place, to get a little wild.
Williams has the same musical innovation and on the edge attitude as Jerry Lee and Elvis. From Classical to Rockabilly to Country to Jazz and on to Rock & Roll, Williams adapts to each different concert setting he performs.
He has appeared on such shows as MTV's News at Night, MTV The Week in Rock, Pat Sajak Show, LIVE! on ABC, Regis and Kathie Lee Show, VH1, VH1's This is Country, Crook & Chase, Nashville Now, Music City Tonight, Entertainment Tonight, that's just to name a few.
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