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Subject: Albert “Al” Hazan, Pianist (B. Bumble & the Stingers)

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Date Posted: Thursday, March 21, 05:22:48pm

From on-line publication BEVERLY HILLS COURIER (The Newspaper of Record for the World of Beverly Hills), Volume LV, Number 11, March 15, 2019


In Loving Memory …

Albert “Al” Hazan (1934-2019)

Al Hazan passed away on March 2, 2019, surrounded by the music he created and in the company of his very long-time friend [accompanying photo depicts Hazan with a dog]. He was 84 years old.

Al was born November 7, 1934 and lived in Los Angeles, California almost his entire life. And what a life it was.

In the 1950s and 1960s, Al was a successful songwriter, performer and record producer, with his catalog of over 80 compositions recorded by Richie Valens, Wanda Jackson, Johnny Crawford, James Darren and many others. He produced over 50 recordings for Capitol, United Artists, Columbia and Philles Records. He was famously nicknamed “B. Bumble,” for being the piano player on “Nut Rocker,” a classical-based rock instrumental performed by “B. Bumble and the Stingers.”

He counted among his friends Brian Wilson, Sonny Bono, Herb Alpert, Jack Nitzsche, Terry Melcher, Glen Campbell, Tommy Tedesco, and all the top-shelf session musicians of the L/A. music scene.

After his career in music, Al became a licensed real estate broker, worked as a fashion designer (from the home he bought in 1966, up about the thriving Sunset Strip), and then returned to college to graduate magna cum laude from UCLA in 1984 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications Studies. Al continued his studies, going on to earn a Ph.D. in Psychology in 1990. He was a successful therapist for a decade.

As Dr. Hazan, Al as awarded a presidential commendation from then-President Ronald Reagan, for Al’s work with victims of violent crime. He also specialized in couple’s therapy and wrote a book about relationships titled “Blissful Fusion – The Seven Stages of a Successful Love Relationship.”

Even after leaving the music “business,” Al continued to counsel songwriters on the craft of songwriting and music production. Al also served in the military for two years in his youth, where he was stationed in Panama.

Al’s important music legacy is certain to continue on, having found many placements in popular TV programs and independent films. Al was very proud of his creative different careers and accomplishments.

Al will be missed and remembered by his loved ones, friends and fans.

[NOTE: the Billboard Top 100 reference volume TOP POP SINGLES, 1955-2015, by Joel Whutburn, gives Hazan's first name as "Ali," not "Al," which, according to Wikipedia, was how his production credit was given at the Philles record label. Whitburn also states that Hazan was not the original pianist for "B. Bumble and the Stingers." Ernie Freeman played piano on the group's first two charted songs. Apparently Hazan replaced Freeman as pianist on the hit song "Nut Rocker."]

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