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On Drums: Hal Blaine

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Published on May 17, 2016

As a onetime high school drummer who longed to be good enough for a rock band, I was a fan of Hal Blaine's incredible music even before I knew who he was. Now I know a little about the man who was the backbeat of The Wrecking Crew.

"If Hal Blaine had played drums only on the Ronettes' "Be My Baby", his name would still be uttered with reverence and respect for the power of his big beat." -- Max Weinberg

Thankfully, he recorded a lot more: an estimated 35,000 tracks, around 140 Top Ten hits, 40 #1 hits, and eight consecutive Grammy Records of the Year.

This montage only contains about half of his Top 10 hits -- and even so it runs more than 11 minutes. Amazing.

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    • The Wrecking Crew
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    • Simon & Garfunkel
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    • Paul Simon
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    • The Mamas & The Papas
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    • Dennis Doherty, John Phillips
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    • Connie Francis
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    • Neil Sedaka, Howard Greenfield
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    • The Essential Collection (1965-1997)
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    • Hal David, Burt Bacharach
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    • The Wrecking Crew
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    • Bridge Over Troubled Water
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    • Paul Simon
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    • 1964-1993
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    • Paul Simon
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