Classical music has always attracted jazz and pop musicians and 1961 was the year that instrumentalists like the Piltdown Men,Jimmy Wisner (as Kokomo) and B Bumble & the Stingers cleaned up.The latter was at least 2 different groups and their first single Flight of the Bumble Bee had first been recorded in the 40s by the Freddy Martin Orchestra with Jack Fina on piano,
By the time of Nut Rocker that had changed as the pianist was now Al Kasha.Not only that but Jack Fina had played on the original version of Nut Rocker made a year earlier by Jack B Nimble & the Quicks.
When the single began its rise to the top in the U K the music press of the time created their own fiction about what was no more than a group of sessionmen informing their readers that B Bumble was the pianist's real name!
Not only that but an ad hoc group was sent to England who had nothing to do with any of it!
It had all started when the Rendezvous label were after another instrumental hit following the Bumble hit of a year earlier and still keeping on the same tack of plundering the classics came up with Nut Rocker credited to Jack B Nimble & the Quicks and issued on a label called Del Rio.When Rendezvous heard it they figured a better version could be made using one Al Hazzan so both versions had in Kim Fowley the same producer.Del Rio leased their single to Dot and it was issued under the title of The Original Nut Rocker around the time the Bumble version was No 1 in England
The sleeve notes explain the whole complicated story of a group who went on to plunder the classics coming up with Apple Knocker and Dawn Cracker for their borrowings from Rossini and Greig.
And in the end they phased out but 10 years later Nut Rocker became a U K hit all over again