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 Eddie Fontaine - Rollin' Stone / I'm Through Chasing After You album art Eddie Fontaine Rollin' Stone / I'm Through Chasing After You (Single) "X" 4X-0128 US 1955 Sell This Version
4X-0184 Eddie Fontaine - Turn The Light On / Boom-De-De-Boom album art Eddie Fontaine Turn The Light On / Boom-De-De-Boom (Single) "X" 4X-0184 US 1955 Sell This Version
4X-0108 Eddie Fontaine - I Miss You So / On Bended Knee album art Eddie Fontaine I Miss You So / On Bended Knee (Single) "X" 4X-0108 US 1955 Sell This Version
4X-0096 Eddie Fontaine - Rock Love album art 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
4X-0151 Eddie Fontaine - The Rain Song album art Eddie Fontaine The Rain Song (Single) "X" 4X-0151 US 1955 Sell This Version
4X-0203 Eddie Fontaine - Stand On That Rock / Baby You Did This To Me album art Eddie Fontaine Stand On That Rock / Baby You Did This To Me Vik 4X-0203 US 1956 Sell This Version
30108 Eddie Fontaine - The Years Before album art Eddie Fontaine The Years Before (Single) Decca 30108 Canada 1956 Sell This Version
9-30121 Eddie Fontaine - Til Tonight / As Far As I'm Concerned album art Eddie Fontaine, Karen Chandler Eddie Fontaine, Karen Chandler - Til Tonight / As Far As I'm Concerned Decca 9-30121 US 1956 Sell This Version
45-05624 Eddie Fontaine - Cool It Baby / Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall album art Eddie Fontaine Cool It Baby / Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall (Single) Decca 45-05624 UK 1956 Sell This Version
4X-0193 Eddie Fontaine - Here 'Tis / I Look At You album art Eddie Fontaine Here 'Tis / I Look At You(7", Single) Vik 4X-0193 Canada 1956 Sell This Version
4X-0193 Eddie Fontaine - Here 'Tis / I Look At You album art Eddie Fontaine Here 'Tis / I Look At You(7") Vik 4X-0193 US 1956 Sell This Version
9-30256 Eddie Fontaine - Homesick Blues  album art Eddie Fontaine Homesick Blues (Single) Decca 9-30256 Canada 1957 Sell This Version
9-30338 Eddie Fontaine - One And Only album art Eddie Fontaine One And Only (Single) Decca 9-30338 US 1957 Sell This Version
9-30446 Eddie Fontaine - Honky Tonk Man / Fun Lovin' album art Eddie Fontaine Honky Tonk Man / Fun Lovin' (Single) Decca 9-30446 US 1957 Sell This Version
9-30202 Eddie Fontaine - East Of The Mississippi album art Eddie Fontaine East Of The Mississippi(7", Single, Promo) Decca 9-30202 US 1957 Sell This Version
E.16 X 45 Eddie Fontaine - Don't Forbid Me / Hey Marie, Rock With Me album art 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
BME 9343 Eddie Fontaine - Cool It Baby album art Eddie Fontaine Cool It Baby(7", EP) Decca BME 9343 Sweden 1957 Sell This Version
SP. 50004 Eddie Fontaine - Cool It Baby album art Eddie Fontaine Cool It Baby(7") Fonit SP. 50004 Italy 1957 Sell This Version
118 Eddie Fontaine - Love Eyes / Somethin' Cha Cha album art Eddie Fontaine Love Eyes / Somethin' Cha Cha (Single) Sunbeam (2) 118 US 1958 Sell This Version
5309 Eddie Fontaine - Nothin' Shakin' album art Eddie Fontaine Nothin' Shakin' (Single) Argo (6) 5309 US 1958 Sell This Version
S-105 Eddie Fontaine - Nothin' Shakin' (But The Leaves On The Trees) album art Eddie Fontaine Nothin' Shakin' (But The Leaves On The Trees) (Single) Sunbeam (2) S-105 US 1958 Sell This Version
5309 Eddie Fontaine - Nothin' Shakin' album art Eddie Fontaine Nothin' Shakin'(7", Single) Argo (6) 5309 US 1958 Sell This Version
112 Eddie Fontaine - I'm Ready As I'll Ever Be album art 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
1013 Eddie Fontaine - Goodness, It's Gladys / Middle Of The Road album art Eddie Fontaine Goodness, It's Gladys / Middle Of The Road (Single) Chancellor 1013 Belgium 1959 Sell This Version
5313 Eddie Fontaine - My Heart Belongs To You/ I'm Gonna Settle Down album art Eddie Fontaine My Heart Belongs To You/ I'm Gonna Settle Down (Single) Warner Bros. Records 5313 US 1963 Sell This Version