320 Rogers Avenue Fort Smith, AR 72901
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 31 at 6:00 pm.
Normal Museum Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10 AM-5 PM
A new exhibit in the Boyd Gallery will feature a wonderful collection of Bee Bumble and the Stingers memorabilia loaned by museum volunteer Mark Potter.
Bee Bumble and the Stingers were a Fort Smith-based band, headed by R. C. Gamble, known for “taking classical songs and messing them up.” “Flight of the Bumble Bee” and “Nutcracker Suite” became hits as “Bumble Boogie” and “Nut Rocker.” After “Nut Rocker” hit number one in England, Bee Bumble and the Stingers headed overseas for their first tour. The Stingers opening act at The Cavern in Liverpool was a small quartet called “The Beatles.” How cool is that!
After the tour, Bee Bumble and the Stingers returned home to Arkansas, going their separate ways, but continuing in music. Eventually, R. C. Gamble opened a venue, The Beehive, which became a well-known Fort Smith hot spot, giving bands and members of Bee Bumble and the Stingers a permanent place to play. In the 1970s, The Cornbread formed following Bee Bumble.
The exhibit includes an original hand painted poster, original 45 records, sheet music, a performance return for Colton Hall in Bristol, England and much more. Two 1962 issues of the New Musical Express, "the world's largest circulation of any music newspaper," lists "Nut Rocker" as No. 1 and features Bee Bumble and the Stingers in an article and an ad. An LP and 45 of The Cornbread is featured.
The exhibit will run through March 30.
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