The Archives: Hal Blaine

Simply put, you can’t celebrate drums without mentioning one man who played on more #1 hits than any person in music history. If you judge the greatness of an individual by the number of their successes, no one, absolutely no one can match drummer Hal Blaine.

He played on 150 songs that reached the Top Ten – with 40 of them reaching #1. He holds a Grammy Awards record for playing on six consecutive Record of The Year winners.

Hal Blaine was legendary and that’s not a throwaway line. In the world of session musicians, he stood out. Blaine, who lent his signature sounds and structure to scores of Grammy-winning and chart-topping songs β€” from Frank Sinatra and Simon & Garfunkel to the Byrds and the Beach Boys as part of the famed Wrecking Crew of session men β€” died on March 11, 2019 at the age of 90.

Today we are playing thirteen of those # 1 hit songs and tomorrow we will be playing more of them. He should never be forgotten because he did, in fact, play on the soundtrack of your life, even if you weren’t aware of him at the time.

“If music in the second half of the 20th century were the Empire State Building,” Art Garfunkel once said, “Hal Blaine would be the ground floor.”

Memories … That’s What We’re All About

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Hal Blaine Medley Part 1

Nancy Sinatra – Crystals
Jan & Dean – Beach Boys
Gary Lewis & The Playboys
Sonny & Cher – Tommy Roe
Frank Sinatra – Supremes
Lorne Greene – Barry McGuire
Mamas & Papas
Simon & Garfunkel

Comments (10)


    Thanks Ray, That was a great way to start a new week πŸ™‚
    I have been busy busy and haven’t’ commented in a while, but you are always appreciated πŸ™‚

    1. Ray (Post author)

      Thank you, Eileen!
      And so are you! πŸ₯°

  2. Mary Helen Hawthorne

    Loved this medley the first time when you revealed to us what a legendary drummer Hal was
    Enjoyed it once again
    Learning musical history from a master

    1. Ray (Post author)

      Thank you, Mary Helen πŸ₯° … and I do apologize for the darn ‘Boots’ and ‘Diamond Ring’ songs. I know how sick of them you are. πŸ˜‰

  3. Pat Conant

    Hal was truly remarkable.

    1. Ray (Post author)

      Indeed he was, Pat!

  4. Rosa-Lee Gould

    Morning Ray, Ted & I are a day late again & are now ready to listen to Hal Blaine Part 2. Definitely worth waiting for, thank you πŸ™‚

    1. Ray (Post author)

      Thanks, kids! I hope you enjoy it! πŸ₯° πŸ₯°

  5. Fred

    Ray sorry I have been very busy!! I must say we have been blessed with some of the best musicians in the world!! I have known about a few of them but because of you with your backstory’s and your History lessons!! We know of these greats!! I find it fascinating of how many greats are in a recording studio!! I was pleasantly surprised to hear Lorne Greene!! Thank you for making music not only fun but knowing some of the History makes it even better!!
    May God Bless all !love ya

    1. Ray (Post author)

      Thank you, Fred πŸ₯°
      It has been my pleasure to bring some of rock’s hidden history to light!
      Love ya!

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