B. Bumble & The Stingers – Bumble Boogie

B. Bumble & The Stingers (not a real band) came from the same fertile ground of imagination as Teen Flip and Workin’ Out. Initially, Earl Palmer, RenĂ© Hall and Plas Johnson decided to to a rockin’ version of In The Mood, which was successful, so they turned their minds towards repeating the trick with a classical piece. At producer Kim Fowley’s suggestion, Hall approached pianist Jack Fina, who’s arrangement of Rimsky-Korsakov’s Flight Of The Bumble Bee had been a hit for Freddy Martin and was later used in the 1948 Disney film, Melody Time. Around 1961, Fina dropped into L.A.’s Gold Star studios and showed Ernie Freeman the arrangement. Also on the recording are Earl Palmer on drums, Red Callender on bass and Tommy Tedesco on guitar. The resulting record sold well and paved the way for the group’s next excursion into classical music, the incredibly popular (especially in the UK) interpretation of Tchaikovsky’s March Of The Wooden Soldiers from the Nutcracker Suite, known as Nut Rocker. You can read more about the mysterious B. Bumble & The Stingers here.

Now, I had no idea about any of this when I first picked up this particular record a number of years ago. Although I was familiar with Nut Rocker — it’s not a difficult record to find in my local vinyl spots — I bought this one for the name alone, because I have a penchant for songs about bees. A long time after hearing it I still had no idea who recorded it, I just thought it was an amazingly fast, wild, weird song. I often play it late in the night when I’m DJing, once everyone is warmed up enough to handle its frenetic piano, but I always considered it as an oddball record. Little did I know that Bumble Boogie was created by some of the sames musical characters who provided the backing for many of the other 45s in my record box.

On other matters, a couple of weeks back Justin, from the always excellent Aquarium Drunkard blog, invited me to be a guest on his weekly two hour show on SIRIUS/XMU satellite radio. Which, if you have access, you can listed to on channel 26 (SIRIUS) and channel 43 (XM) every Friday at Noon and Midnight, EST. You can also listen through the internet and there’s apparently a free trial for that. So, tune in tomorrow to hear my set, if you can. Also, Justin has made every track I play available to be downloaded from his blog. And, while I’m in the mood for plugging things, if you happen to be near the London Borough of Hackney this Friday evening, drop by and say hi at my Diddy Wah DJ night at The Haggerston, it’s free to get in and loads of fun.