B. Bumble & The Stingers were a unique instrumental ensemble from the early 1960s famous for their energetic rock & roll arrangements of well known classical music compositions. Their best known songs include "Bumble Boogie" (1961) and "Nut Rocker" (1962), both of which made the Pop/Rock Top 40. Other hits include "Boogie Woogie" (1961), a cover of the Tommy Dorsey 1938 smash.
Members of this short-lived group consisted mainly of session musicians at Rendezvous Records in Los Angeles that included, at various times, bassist Red Callender (March 6, 1916 - March 8, 1992), tenor saxophonist Plas Johnson (b. July 21, 1931), drummer Earl Palmer (October 25, 1924 - September 19, 2008), and guitarist Tommy Tedesco (July 3, 1930 - November 10, 1997). The original lineup featured pianist Ernie Freeman (August 16, 1922 - May 16, 1981) who can be heard on both "Bumble Boogie" and "Boogie Woogie." As B. Bumble & The Stingers' recordings became more popular, a touring group with a different lineup led by R.C. Gamble (November 3, 1941 - August 2, 2008) was formed to handle promotions and public appearances.
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B. Bumble And The Stingers
- Bumble Boogie 1961
(Instrumental based on "Flight Of The Bumble Bee" by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov)
- Nut Rocker 1962
(This instrumental song, which is based on Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker Suite," later also became a hit for Emerson, Lake & Palmer (1972).)
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