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Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- Pete Fountain smiles as Pete Fountain's Half-Fast Walking Club walks along St. Charles before the Krewe of Zulu on Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday, in New Orleans, La., March 4, 2014.

In his over 60 years as a performer, jazz clarinetist Pete Fountain played for impressive company. 

Pete Fountain performed for Pope John Paul II in 1987.

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Pete Fountain performed for Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show

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Fountain got his start on The Lawrence Welk Show in the 1950s.

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In this video, Fountain spoke about New Orleans and fame before performing, "When The Saints Go Marching In."

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