Al Hazan was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He started writing songs when in his teens, and appeared as a pianist on local television. Hazan also worked as a session musician and arranger. In early 1962, he was contacted by Rod Pierce of Rendezvous Records, who needed a pianist to replace Ernie Freeman, who was unavailable, on a session. The recording was of "Nut Rocker", a rocked-up arrangement by Kim Fowley of the march from Tchaikovsky's ballet The Nutcracker. Hazan was allowed 30 minutes to learn the arrangement, and it was recorded quickly, in the Rendezvous office, to compete with a rival version by H. B. Barnum, who recorded it under the name "Jack B. Nimble and the Quicks". Hazan's recording, credited to B. Bumble and the Stingers, reached the pop charts in the US, and number one in the UK.