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March 12, 2019 9:39 am  #1


Music & Radio Industries Bid Farewell To "Greatest Rock Drummer Ever"

Not everybody will know the name Hal Blaine, but anyone who's listened to music from the 60s onwards has heard him play the drums. The musician, part of the legendary Wrecking Crew, died on Monday at the age of 90 but his accomplishments are sure to live on.

It's estimated he played on more than 6,000 singles, including such hits as "Good Vibrations," "Be My Baby," "Bridge Over Troubled Water," "I Got You Babe," "Poor Side of Town," "This Diamond Ring," "Strangers in the Night," and thousands more. And yes, that's him behind the kit on "The Brady Bunch" and "Three's Company" theme songs.

A list of just some of the tunes he contributed to can be found here, but it reads like a greatest hits station playlist. A simply astounding career and the tributes are pouring in from all sides of the musical spectrum. This guy was truly a legend.

Hal Blaine, Wrecking Crew Drummer and Rock Hall of Fame Member, Dies at 90

 

March 12, 2019 9:57 am  #2


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Here's a suggestion for someone at AM740, perhaps for the upcoming Saturday Night Bandstand's theme this week. How about an hour (or more) of songs Hal Blaine played on? You'd get almost every single genre in there, play dozens of hits and never have a single repetition. I'd tune in for that. 

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March 12, 2019 10:21 am  #3


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I was worried Neil Peart died.  

 

March 12, 2019 12:22 pm  #4


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It's ironic that just two days before he died, I took a chance to see if he would friend me on Facebook.  He did.  Although he was 90 (and this will make Grilled Cheese happy) I believe he was the most recorded drummer of all time.  He could drum any genre.  A magnificent talent.

 

March 12, 2019 4:22 pm  #5


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The video below is just over 11 minutes long and it's simply astounding to see how many songs you know instantly that he was on. I watched it in astonishment. Unbelievable. And it only scratches the surface.  



 

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March 12, 2019 7:00 pm  #6


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I guess he never found the time to play on any Frank D'Angelo recordings.

 

March 12, 2019 7:06 pm  #7


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RA.  Thank you so very much for this video.  The memories are almost overwhelming. 

 

March 12, 2019 7:20 pm  #8


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You're welcome John. I often watch just a few seconds or about a minute of an online video before clicking off. I watched this one in rapt attention the whole way through. And in tribute to Blaine, it likely could have been a lot longer!

What a remarkable career!  

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March 12, 2019 9:28 pm  #9


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I was fortunate enough to interview Hal Blaine twice.  Once in 1981 and again in 1982.  Here's a link to a column I wrote a few years back about the legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame drummer.

https://bobsegarini.wordpress.com/2015/02/16/doug-thompson-hal-blaine-dance-to-the-drummer-man/