Eddie Fontaine

Real Name:
Edward Henry Reardon
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Born: March 6, 1927, Springfield, Massachusetts
Died: April 13, 1992, Los Angeles County, California
Born Edward Reardon in Springfield, Massachusetts, Fontaine signed as a vocalist with RCA in 1954 after serving in the US Navy. In 1955 he appeared at the Brooklyn Paramount Theater in disc jockey Alan Freed's first rock and roll show. He also sang in the Jayne Mansfield movie The Girl Can't Help It (1956). Musically he is best remembered for his 1958 single "Nothin' Shakin' (But the Leaves on the Trees)", which was later covered by The Beatles. He is listed as a "legend" but not an inductee at the Rockabilly Hall of Fame site. Fontaine moved to Van Nuys, California, in the 1960s after singing in night clubs in pre-Castro Cuba. He landed a role in the World War II series The Gallant Men, where he played ladies' man PFC Pete D'Angelo and occasionally sang. Although he never won another regular role in a television series Fontaine made many guest appearances on shows such as 77 Sunset Strip, Baretta, Happy Days, The Rockford Files and Quincy. In 1984 Fontaine was tried and convicted in a murder-for-hire case. According to police documents, in 1983 Fontaine approached a country singer with the promise of a recording contract with RCA, along with a large sum of money, if the man were to kill his estranged wife, with whom he was having a custody battle at the time. Fontaine served four years in a California prison. He had previously been convicted of child molestation and grand larceny. Fontaine appealed his murder-for-hire conviction based on the trial judge's rulings concerning these earlier offenses.
He made his last TV appearance in the series Sisters in 1991 and died of throat cancer the following year at age 65. His son Brian Reardon is a session guitarist in Los Angeles.
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Singles & EPs

4X-0128 Rollin' Stone / I'm Through Chasing After You — Eddie Fontaine Eddie Fontaine With The Excels (4) And Sid Bass And His Orchestra Eddie Fontaine With The Excels (4) And Sid Bass And His Orchestra - Rollin' Stone / I'm Through Chasing After You (Single) "X" 4X-0128 US 1955 Sell This Version
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4X-0184 Turn The Light On / Boom-De-De-Boom — Eddie Fontaine Eddie Fontaine Turn The Light On / Boom-De-De-Boom (Single) "X" 4X-0184 US 1955 Sell This Version
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X-0108 I Miss You So / On Bended Knee — Eddie Fontaine Eddie Fontaine I Miss You So / On Bended Knee (Single) "X" X-0108 US 1955 Sell This Version
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4X-0096 Rock Love — Eddie Fontaine Eddie Fontaine With Neal Hefti And The Excels (4) Eddie Fontaine With Neal Hefti And The Excels (4) - Rock Love "X" 4X-0096 US 1955 Sell This Version
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4X-0151 The Rain Song — Eddie Fontaine Eddie Fontaine The Rain Song (Single) "X" 4X-0151 US 1955 Sell This Version
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4X-0203 Stand On That Rock / Baby You Did This To Me — Eddie Fontaine Eddie Fontaine Stand On That Rock / Baby You Did This To Me Vik 4X-0203 US 1956 Sell This Version
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9-30108 The Years Before — Eddie Fontaine Eddie Fontaine The Years Before (Single) Decca 9-30108 Canada 1956 Sell This Version
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9-30121 Til Tonight / As Far As I'm Concerned — Eddie Fontaine Eddie Fontaine, Karen Chandler Eddie Fontaine, Karen Chandler - Til Tonight / As Far As I'm Concerned Decca 9-30121 US 1956 Sell This Version
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45-05624 Cool It Baby / Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall — Eddie Fontaine Eddie Fontaine Cool It Baby / Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall (Single) Decca 45-05624 UK 1956 Sell This Version
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4X-0193 Here 'Tis / I Look At You — Eddie Fontaine Eddie Fontaine Here 'Tis / I Look At You (Single) Vik 4X-0193 Canada 1956 Sell This Version
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9-30256 Homesick Blues  — Eddie Fontaine Eddie Fontaine Homesick Blues (Single) Decca 9-30256 Canada 1957 Sell This Version
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9-30338 One And Only — Eddie Fontaine Eddie Fontaine One And Only (Single) Decca 9-30338 US 1957 Sell This Version
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9-30446 Honky Tonk Man / Fun Lovin' — Eddie Fontaine Eddie Fontaine Honky Tonk Man / Fun Lovin' (Single) Decca 9-30446 US 1957 Sell This Version
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9-30202 East Of The Mississippi — Eddie Fontaine Eddie Fontaine East Of The Mississippi(7", Single, Promo) Decca 9-30202 US 1957 Sell This Version
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E.16 X 45 Don't Forbid Me / Hey Marie, Rock With Me — Eddie Fontaine Ernest Tubb / Eddie Fontaine Ernest Tubb / Eddie Fontaine - Don't Forbid Me / Hey Marie, Rock With Me(7") Echo Records (16) E.16 X 45 Hong Kong 1957 Sell This Version
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BME 9343 Cool It Baby — Eddie Fontaine Eddie Fontaine Cool It Baby(7", EP) Decca BME 9343 Sweden 1957 Sell This Version
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SP. 50004 Cool It Baby — Eddie Fontaine Eddie Fontaine Cool It Baby(7") Fonit SP. 50004 Italy 1957 Sell This Version
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118 Love Eyes / Somethin' Cha Cha — Eddie Fontaine Eddie Fontaine Love Eyes / Somethin' Cha Cha (Single) Sunbeam (2) 118 US 1958 Sell This Version
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5309 Nothin' Shakin' — Eddie Fontaine Eddie Fontaine Nothin' Shakin' (Single) Argo (6) 5309 US 1958 Sell This Version
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S-105 Nothin' Shakin' (But The Leaves On The Trees) — Eddie Fontaine Eddie Fontaine Nothin' Shakin' (But The Leaves On The Trees) (Single) Sunbeam (2) S-105 US 1958 Sell This Version
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112 I'm Ready As I'll Ever Be — Eddie Fontaine Gerry Granahan & Eddie Fontaine Gerry Granahan & Eddie Fontaine - I'm Ready As I'll Ever Be(7", Single) Sunbeam (2) 112 US 1958 Sell This Version
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1013 Goodness, It's Gladys / Middle Of The Road — Eddie Fontaine Eddie Fontaine Goodness, It's Gladys / Middle Of The Road (Single) Chancellor 1013 Belgium 1959 Sell This Version
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7B-13 My Heart Belongs To You/ I'm Gonna Settle Down — Eddie Fontaine Eddie Fontaine My Heart Belongs To You/ I'm Gonna Settle Down (Single) Warner Bros. Records 7B-13 Japan 1962 Sell This Version
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5345 All That I Want Is You / (It's No) Sin — Eddie Fontaine Eddie Fontaine All That I Want Is You / (It's No) Sin (Single) Warner Bros. Records 5345 US 1963 Sell This Version
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F-55823 It Can Happen To You — Eddie Fontaine Eddie Fontaine It Can Happen To You (Single) Liberty F-55823 US 1965 Sell This Version