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Hal Blaine

dr, *1929 US, Holyoke, Massachusetts
Musician of Rock and Pop
A.k.a. Harold Simon Belsky

Studio drummer and percussionist, born 5 February 1929, Holyoke, Massachusetts, USA; died 11 March 2019 in Palm Desert, California. Blaine began his career drumming for various bands that toured back and forth across the States in the 1950s, playing theaters, supper clubs and casinos. He finally hooked up with the Tommy Sands show and learned much of his craft working closely with producers at Capitol Records. Blaine's drumming skills became highly utilized as a session member of the ‘Wrecking Crew’ Collective. He was one of many ‘first call’ players who would sit in for recordings around the Los Angeles area, in studios such as Gold Star Recording Studios, Western Recorders, Radio Recorders, CBS Studios and RCA Victor Studios. From the late 1950s to the mid 1970s Blaine performed ‘on call’, in many cases anonymously, on over 35,000 tracks of major artists. His work has helped provide more than 350 Top Ten records and over 40 Number One hits. Blaine is also the guy responsible for coining the name ‘Wrecking Crew’ for this team of accomplished musicians who would help to furnish the hits from California. Occasionally, members of the Crew would come together and release works in their own right. In this respect Blaine featured in the group The Zodiac. Inducted into Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 2000 (Sidemen).

  • Drums
  • Percussion
  • Congas
  • Xylophone
  • Organ
  • Rock
  • Pop
  • World
  • Jazz
  • Folk
Popular Tracks   
Jazz-bop on Buh-doom! by Hal Blaine
Love-In (December) on Psychedelic Percussion by Hal Blaine
Wiggy (November) on Psychedelic & Electronic Moog by Various Artists
Freaky (January) on Psychedelic Percussion by Hal Blaine
Flashes (February) on Psychedelic Percussion by Hal Blaine
Inner-Space (October) on Psychedelic Percussion by Hal Blaine
Kaleidoscope (March) on Psychedelic Percussion by Hal Blaine
Wiggy (November) on Psychedelic Percussion by Hal Blaine
Hallucinations (April) on Psychedelic Percussion by Hal Blaine
Trippin' Out (June) on Psychedelic Percussion by Hal Blaine

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Band Members

Title Artist Year Type
Hal Blaine's Buh-Doom!Hal Blaine1998Album
Beverly Drive / Midnight At Pink'sHal Blaine1969Single
Have Fun!!! Play Drums!!!Hal Blaine1968Album
Allegro From 'MacArthur Park' / Drums A Go-GoHal Blaine1968Single
Wiggy (November) / Love-In (December)Hal Blaine1967Single
Drums A Go-GoHal Blaine1967Single
Psychedelic PercussionHal Blaine1967Album
Secret Agent Man / The InvadersHal Blaine1966Single
Secret Agent ManHal Blaine1966Single
Topsy 65Hal Blaine1965Single
Drums! Drums! À Go GoHal Blaine1965Album
(Dance With The) Surfin' Band / The TrapsHal Blaine1964Single
Gear Stripper / Challenger IIHal Blaine1963Single
(Dance With The) Surfin' BandHal Blaine & The Young Cougars, Hal Blaine1963Single
Psychedelic Percussion / StonesHal Blaine / Emil RichardsCompil.
Topsy '67 / California SunHal BlaineSingle
Psychedelic Percussion / StonesHal Blaine / Emil RichardsAlbum
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