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by B Bumble and the Stingers, feat. Al Hazan, piano
CATCH-UP: Al Hazan (1934 to 2019) was an American musician/songwriter, with 'B Bumble and the Stingers', and record producer. Albert Hazan was born in Los Angeles, California, USA, on November 7th 1934, and raised there. He started writing songs while still in his teens, and appeared occasionally playing piano on local television. One of his first songs, "The Dance of Love", was recorded by 'The Bell Sisters' in 1953 after being arranged by orchestra leader Nelson Riddle for 'RCA Victor' - however, it was not released at the time (the first song of his that WAS released was "Is There a Heaven", by Russell Arms). In 1957, he contacted Sonny Bono at 'Specialty Records', leading to a production of Roddy Jackson's version of his song "Hiccups". Other singers who recorded his material in the late 1950s and early 1960s included Ritchie Valens, Wanda Jackson, James Darren, Gene McDaniels and Johnny Crawford. Hazan also worked as a session musician and arranger, and in early 1962 was contacted by Rod Pierce of 'Rendezvous Records', who needed a pianist to replace the unavailable Ernie Freeman during a session. The recording was of "Nut Rocker", a "rocked-up" arrangement by Kim Fowley of the march from Tchaikovsky's ballet "The Nutcracker". After learning the arrangement in 30 minutes, he recorded it quickly in the 'Rendezvous' office because a rival version from 'Jack B Nimble and the Quicks' was also in production at the same time. As 'B Bumble and the Stingers", he reached the pop charts in the US with it, and also scored a No. 1 in the UK, where he later made many personal appearances (but known as 'B Bumble'). He then recorded other "rocked-up" arrangements of classical tunes for the 'Philles' label (this time credited as 'Ali Hassan'), but they were less successful. Hazan's other vocal recordings under various pseudonyms (including 'Al Anthony' and 'Dudley Duncan', plus as lead singer of 'The Galaxies', or 'The Royal Galaxies') failed to find success. However, as a music producer himself he was involved in more than 50 records, released on various labels including 'Capitol Records', 'United Artists Records' and 'Columbia Records'. During his mixdesk career, he worked with such luminaries as Fred Astaire, Herb Alpert, Nick Venet, Terry Melcher, Lou Adler, Hal Blaine, Carol Kaye, Glen Campbell, Leon Russell, Ray Pohlman and Tommy Tedesco, plus other session musicians from Los Angeles. He also established his own music publishing company, 'Chemistry Music', and produced some early recordings by 'The Beau Brummels'. However, after he left the music business in 1965 he became a licensed real estate broker, an author and a poet, and even worked as a professional fashion photographer from time to time. After going back to college later in life, Hazan graduated from University of California Los Angeles "magna cum laude" in 1984 with a Bachelor's Degree in communication studies, and went on to earn a Ph.D. in psychology in 1990. As 'Dr Hazan', he was awarded a presidential commendation by President Ronald Reagan for his work with victims of violent crimes, and also specialised in couple therapy. His first book in this vein was called "Blissful Fusion - The Seven Stages of a Successful Love Relationship", and a year later he followed that up with "The Will to Love". His poems were widely published in magazines and some are still freely available on the internet. Al Hazan died in Los Angeles on March 2nd 2019, aged 84. http://bhcourier.com//wp-content/uploads/2019/03/031519Fissue.pdf [Page 8]
Sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al_Hazan
Posted: 16th April 2019
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