Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Hal Blaine 1929 -- 2018

From January of 1965, please enjoy the instrumental sessions for "Mr. Tambourine Man." With the late great Mr. Blaine on drums.

And after about the 8 minute point, when Larry Knechtel nails the classic bass riff, you have to wonder if these guys knew they had just changed music forever.

I"ll have more to say about the Wrecking Crew tomorrow.


Anonymous said...

I'm a big fan of drums and drumming, and Hal was a musical hero of mine; I am a proud owner of his memoir. He had a great sense of serving the song and great chops. Although his death is, of course, a sad event, it also gives us an opportunity to reflect on his wonderful legacy and to educate people about it; I don't think most people who listened to Hit Radio, Top 40 Radio, realize the staggering number of hits this man played on, to say nothing of the many, other records he contributed to (like, for example, Paul Williams' obscure-but-wonderful album, SOMEDAY MAN). There's a very good obit on-line now from Billboard Magazine for those who want to learn more about some of the key hits Hal performed on. R.I.P., Mr. Blaine.

Chris E.

edward said...

Well, there's a list for the end of the week: Worst/Best Songs Hal Blaine played on.

Anonymous said...

with guitarist Jerry Cole playing the "chiks" or "chinks" (his term, I believe). He said he bought a house with a pool from playing "chinks" at innumerable sessions. Hard to believe we live in a world where this type of audio recording is available for all to hear.

Dayn McBee said...

Very sad to hear of Hal’s passing, he was a great musician. Looking back now, I am amazed at how much the Wrecking Crew contributed to my music sensibilities and favorites of the time. What a fabulous group of musicians!