Eddie Fontaine

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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Eddie Fontaine Discography Tracks

Singles & EPs

Eddie Fontaine The Rain Song (Single) "X" US 1955 Sell This Version
4X-0184 Eddie Fontaine Turn The Light On / Boom-De-De-Boom(7", Single) "X" 4X-0184 US 1955 Sell This Version
4X-0108 Eddie Fontaine I Miss You So / On Bended Knee(7", Single) "X" 4X-0108 US 1955 Sell This Version
4X-128 Eddie Fontaine Rollin' Stone / I'm Through Chasing After You(7", Single, Promo) "X" 4X-128 US 1955 Sell This Version
4X-0096 Eddie Fontaine With Neil Hefti And The Excels (5) Eddie Fontaine With Neil Hefti And The Excels (5) - Rock Love(7") "X" 4X-0096 US 1955 Sell This Version
Eddie Fontaine Cool It Baby / Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall (Single) Decca UK 1956 Sell This Version
Eddie Fontaine The Years Before (Single) Decca US 1956 Sell This Version
4X-0203 Eddie Fontaine Stand On That Rock / Baby You Did This To Me(7") Vik 4X-0203 US 1956 Sell This Version
4X-0193 Eddie Fontaine Here 'Tis / I Look At You(7") Vik 4X-0193 US 1956 Sell This Version
Eddie Fontaine Honky Tonk Man / Fun Lovin' (Single) Decca US 1957 Sell This Version
Eddie Fontaine Homesick Blues (Single) Decca US 1957 Sell This Version
9-30202 Eddie Fontaine East Of The Mississippi(7", Single, Promo) Decca 9-30202 US 1957 Sell This Version
Eddie Fontaine Nothin' Shakin' (Single) Sunbeam (2) Canada 1958 Sell This Version
112 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
Eddie Fontaine Goodness, It's Gladys / Middle Of The Raod (Single) Chancellor Belgium 1959 Sell This Version
Eddie Fontaine All That I Want Is You / (It's No) Sin (Single) Warner Bros. Records US 1963 Sell This Version
5313 Eddie Fontaine My Heart Belongs To You/ I'm Gonna Settle Down(7", Promo) Warner Bros. Records 5313 US 1963 Sell This Version
F-55776 Eddie Fontaine Blue Roses(7", Single, Promo) Liberty F-55776 US 1965 Sell This Version
ET-15.017 Eddie Fontaine Goodness, It's Eddie Fontaine!(7", EP) El Toro Records ET-15.017 Spain 2013 Sell This Version
4X-0128 Eddie Fontaine Rollin' Stone(7", Single) "X" 4X-0128 US Unknown Sell This Version
GP 5015 4 Of A Kind, Eddie Fontaine 4 Of A Kind, Eddie Fontaine - Buttercup / Goodness, It's Gladys!(7", Single) Globe GP 5015 Italy Unknown Sell This Version
88-6-1001 Eddie Fontaine Nothin' Shakin' With Eddie Fontaine(7", EP) 88 Keys (2) 88-6-1001 US Unknown Sell This Version
100344 Eddie Fontaine Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall(7", S/Sided, Promo) Brunswick 100344 UK Unknown Sell This Version
88-K-4-1007 Eddie Fontaine Rockin'(7", EP) 88 Keys (2) 88-K-4-1007 US Unknown Sell This Version

Compilations

Eddie Fontaine, Billy Barrix, Rusty York Eddie Fontaine, Billy Barrix, Rusty York - Nothin' Shakin' / Cool Off Baby / Sugaree (Comp) Chess UK 1978 Sell This Version

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