Bumble Boogie – an interpretation of Rimsky-Korsakov’s 1899 composition Flight of the Bumble Bee – was arranged by pianist Jack Fina for Freddy Martin and his Orchestra in 1946. Reaching number 7 in the charts at the time, it was later used in the 1948 Disney movie Melody Time.
Liberace’s version of Bumble Boogie is taken from his TV show which ran from 1952 until 1969. I’m guessing this clip is from one of the fifties shows when he was still in his thirties. Liberace once stated, “I don’t give concerts, I put on a show,” and boy, does he. I love the little winks he gives to camera and the way the violinists pop up one by one in the middle segment – I believe one of them is even his brother, George.
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