Friday, March 04, 2005

B.Bumble & The Stingers !




The Ernie Fields "Orchestra" was actually the Rendezvous/Class (Class Records was formed in late 1951 by Leon Rene in Los Angeles California) Records House Band, which included pianist Ernie Freeman (later with hits on Imperial), guitarist Rene Hall (former guitarist for the Dominoes), saxophonist Plas Johnson, and drummer Earl Palmer (former session drummer for the famous New Orleans acts like Fats Domino).
Like many of the really talented studio groups in Los Angeles in the late 1950s and early 1960s, this Rendezvous House Band recorded under many different names, including B. Bumble and the Stingers (with bassist Red Callender) , the Dyna-Sores, and later as the Routers (on Warner Bros.).
Kim Fowley produced the B.Bumble & The Stingers hits. The first few B. Bumble records featured Ernie Freeman on piano, but by the time "Nut Rocker"(not my fav one I must admit) came out in 1961, Al Hazan had replaced Freeman on piano, as Freeman had become a well-known act on his own. But when the studio group's hits demanded they go on tour, they weren't having any of it. They quickly hired three kids (an actual trio from Oklahoma) to stand in for them on the road, including a preposterous cover story that the guitarist's name was William (Billy) Bumble. The other two "road-Stingers" were Ron Brady and Fred Richard.
Bloody Show Business.
Here’s the Rev’s choice. Enjoy.

B.Bumble & The Stingers - The Green Hornet Theme

B.Bumble & The Stingers - Nautilus

B.Bumble & The Stingers - Mashed #5




And Thanx & Thanx (again) for the emails & comments.

Friday Bonus !

McKinley Mitchell - Rock Everybody Rock

See you on monday.
& Big fuckin' thanx to Brother Freeze for the logo design.




My tiki is sad today. Rip Martin Denny

2 Comments:

Blogger Brownie said...

Aloha Marty, gone to a Quiet Village.

9:11 AM  
Blogger Dan Phillips said...

Hey, Rev, lots of other New Orleans references here. Besides Palmer, Rene Hall and Plas Johnson were from there originally, too - well, I think Rene was from Morgan City, LA, but close enough. And Leon Rene, a fine songwriter/composer, was also from the Crescent City (did you ever hear any Class cuts by his son, Googie?). Rene Hall played on many of Larry Williams' Specialty sides, as did Johnson and Palmer. As you point out, they were on tons of tracks recorded in LA,CA in the '50's & '60's, together and separately. Keep spreading it.

7:01 AM  

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