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 Post subject: RIP Hal Blaine
PostPosted: Mon Mar 11, 2019 8:40 pm 
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Studio musician extraordinaire, member of the Rock Hall of Fame. As a drummer in the famed group of studio musicians known as the Wrecking Crew, Blaine played on COUNTLESS classics. The Wrecking Crew was the unit used by Phil Spector on his recordings. In addition, they were heard on numerous recordings by the Beach Boys, including Pet Sounds, and records by the likes of Simon and Garfunkel, The Byrds, The Monkees...well, the list would take up a post that would take up an entire page. Seriously. Here's a PARTIAL list from Wikipedia:


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_r ... _played_on


Only the Funk Brothers, the Motown studio group, can rival the Crew for the number of hit records they played on.


This is a list of NUMBER ONE records he played on. Again, these are only the Number ONES!

"Johnny Angel" – Shelley Fabares
"He's a Rebel" – The Crystals
"Surf City" – Jan & Dean
"I Get Around" – The Beach Boys
"Everybody Loves Somebody" – Dean Martin
"Ringo" – Lorne Greene
"This Diamond Ring" – Gary Lewis & the Playboys
"Help Me, Rhonda" – The Beach Boys
"Mr Tambourine Man" – The Byrds
"Eve of Destruction" – Barry McGuire
"My Love" – Petula Clark
"These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" – Nancy Sinatra
"Monday Monday" – The Mamas & the Papas
"Strangers in the Night" – Frank Sinatra
"Poor Side of Town" – Johnny Rivers
"Good Vibrations" – The Beach Boys
"Somethin' Stupid" – Frank & Nancy Sinatra
"The Happening" – The Supremes
"Windy" – The Association
"Mrs. Robinson" – Simon & Garfunkel
"Dizzy" – Tommy Roe
"Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In" – The 5th Dimension
"Love Theme from Romeo and Juliet" – Henry Mancini
"Wedding Bell Blues" – The 5th Dimension
"Bridge Over Troubled Water" – Simon & Garfunkel
"(They Long to Be) Close to You" – The Carpenters
"Cracklin' Rosie" – Neil Diamond
"I Think I Love You" – The Partridge Family
"Indian Reservation" – The Raiders
"Song Sung Blue" – Neil Diamond
"Half Breed" – Cher
"Annie's Song" – John Denver
"Top of the World" – The Carpenters
"The Way We Were" – Barbra Streisand
"Thank God I'm a Country Boy" – John Denver
"Love Will Keep Us Together" – Captain & Tennille
"I'm Sorry"/"Calypso" – John Denver
"Theme from Mahogany (Do You Know Where You're Going To)" – Diana Ross


Blaine played on six consecutive Grammy Award Record of the Year winners:

Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass in 1966-"A Taste of Honey"
Frank Sinatra in 1967-"Strangers in the Night"
The 5th Dimension in 1968 and 1970-"Up, Up and Away" and "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In"
Simon & Garfunkel in 1969 and 1971-"Mrs. Robinson" and "Bridge over Troubled Water"


Whew.

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/musi ... 90-806827/

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