“I’m so sad, I don’t know what to say. Hal taught me a lot, and he had so much to do with our success. He was the greatest drummer ever.”
~Brian Wilson / Beach Boys
It would be next to impossible to create a medley of all the hit songs Hal Blaine lent his immeasurable talent to. As part of the famed Wrecking Crew, Blaine – who died on March 11 at the age of 90 – played on 150 songs that reached the Top Ten – with 40 of them reaching #1.
In the medley below, there are 12 of those #1 hits, with three more that fell just short. As the saying goes, I have only touched the surface.
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The Hal Blaine Medley
Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass (#7) – Ronettes (#2)
Dean Martin – Gary Lewis & The Playboys – Byrds
Sonny & Cher – Barry McGuire – Nancy Sinatra
Mamas & Papas – Beach Boys – Tommy Roe
5th Dimension – Richard Harris (#2)
Simon & Garfunkel – John Denver