H.B. BARNUM

Born Hidle Brown Barnum, 15 July 1936, Houston, Texas

Arranger / producer / pianist / songwriter.

Mr. Barnum is the eternal "Quincy Jones" of the entertainment industry by the fact that he's very respected and well known. He has arranged for just about everybody in the business, from the Coasters to Frank Sinatra, from B.B. King to Puff Daddy. With his singing and piano playing, Barnum won a nationwide child star contest at the age of four and starred in the motion picture "Valley of the Sun Marches On". When Barnum was five, he continued his acting career appearing on television 's first children's show, the Albert Lang Production "Broom Stick Buckaroos", and was a regular on the Amos 'n Andy TV and Radio Shows, the Jack Benny Show, the CBS Playhouse and numerous other national programs. He was a member of the doo-wop group The Dootones (1955-56), then of The Robins (1956-57, replacing Bobby Nunn) and made his first solo record for Imperial in 1958 as Pee Wee Barnum. In 1960 he was a member of the Dyna-Sores, who scored with a cover of "Alley-Oop". The next year he had the only hit under his own name, the instrumental "Lost Love " (# 35) on the Eldo label. As a singer he recorded two albums for RCA and one for Capitol during the sixties. Also he was a prolific composer of commercials (winning several international awards) and TV scores. Not many people know that Barnum recorded the first version of "Nut Rocker", under the name of Jack B. Nimble. Produced by Kim Fowley, the disc was first released on the small Del Rio label, then licensed to Dot. There is an interesting story by Al Hazan (who played piano on the version by B. Bumble and the Stingers) how he was rushed into the studio, had to learn the arrangement from the Barnum record, but hardly got the time for this and did "Nut Rocker" in one take. See: http://www.spectropop.com/NutRocker/ - In 2006, the Jack B. Nimble version was included on the CD "The Golden Age Of American Rock 'n' Roll : Special Bubbling Under Edition" (Ace 1050).

More info, with discography: http://www.soulfulkindamusic.net/hbbarnum.htm

 
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