Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Famed Wrecking Crew drummer Hal Blaine is dead at 90

Session drummer Hal Blaine, who died Monday at age 90, played on thousands of records in the 1960s and '70s. He was best known for the opening solo on the Ronettes' "Be My Baby," but also played on a wide range of songs now considered classics. Here are highlights:
— "Strangers in the Night," Frank Sinatra.
— "Return to Sender," Elvis Presley.
— "Good Vibrations," The Beach Boys.
— "Mr. Tambourine Man," The Byrds.
— "A Taste of Honey," Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass.
— "California Dreaming," The Mamas and the Papas.
— "The Way We Were," Barbra Streisand.
— "Love Will Keep Us Together," The Captain and Tennille.
— "Bridge Over Troubled Water," Simon & Garfunkel.
— "Another Saturday Night," Sam Cooke.
— "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In," The 5th Dimension.
— "(They Long To Be) Close To You," The Carpenters.