RIP legendary session drummer Hal Blaine
You may not know the name, but there a 100% chance you’ve heard Hal Blaine play. As a member of the legendary studio outfit known as The Wrecking Crew, he performed on hundreds, maybe thousands of recordings.
Like what? This for one…
The Wrecking Crew was Phil Spector’s studio band, the people he used to create his famous “Wall of Sound” which resulted in songs like
Blaine was so good, so reliable, and so versatile that he was always in demand for sessions. And because he played on so many big hits, no wonder he ended up in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000.
Hal passed this week at the age of 90.
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When the Rolling stones first came to America, Charlie Watts was shocked to discover that all his favourite drummers were the same person!