Hal Blaine, the legendary drummer who as a member of “The Wrecking Crew” and played on The Ronettes “Be My Baby,” Simon & Garfunkel’s “Mrs.Robinson,” and the Beach Boys “Good Vibrations,” and “Pet Sounds” died on March 11, 2019. He was 90 years old.
The death was verified in a statement on Facebook by Blaine’s family. They said may Blaine rest forever on 2 and 4. They thanked everybody for their thoughts and prayers and requested privacy. They said no other details would be released.
Blaine became a member of “The Wrecking Crew, a group of first-class studio musicians in the 60’s. He also produced the studio band of Phil Spector. Blaine was known for his ability to work with different styles of music.
Blaine played on many hit songs including The 5th Dimension “Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In,” The Byrds’ version of “Mr. Tambourine Man,” Barbra Streisand “The Way We Were,” The Carpenters “Close to You,” Frank Sinatra “Strangers in the Night,” and Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water.”
He also worked with: Elvis Presley, Dean Martin, Sam Cooke, Johnny Rivers, Jan & Dean, Herb Alpert, The Monkees, Nancy Sinatra, Cher, The Mamas, and the Papas, Steely Dan, and John Denver.
Brian Wilson from the Beach Boys tweeted on March 11 that he was so sad and had no words. Blaine was a great friend and musician. Blaine was a big reason for the band’s success, and he was the best drummer.
In an article by Dennis Diken in Modern Drummer, Blaine could be heard on over 35,000 recordings, and 6,000 singles. In 2000 he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame and in 2018 was awarded from the Recording Academy a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Written by Barbara Sobel
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