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Hal Blaine (born Harold Simon Belsky 5 February 1929, Holyoke, Massachusetts) is a Jewish American drummer and session musician.[1] He is most known for his work with the Wrecking Crew in California. Blaine played on numerous hits by popular groups, including Elvis Presley, The Ronettes, Simon and Garfunkel, The Carpenters and the Beach Boys. Blaine is a member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Grammy Awards

A little known Grammy Awards record is held by Blaine who played on six consecutive Record of the Year winners:

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

#1 hits

  • "Can't Help Falling in Love" - Elvis Presley (12/18/61)
  • "He's a Rebel" - The Crystals (10/06/62)
  • "Surf City" - Jan & Dean (06/22/63)
  • "I Get Around" - The Beach Boys (06/06/64)
  • "Everybody Loves Somebody" - Dean Martin (07/11/64)
  • "Ringo" - Lorne Greene (11/07/64)
  • "This Diamond Ring" - Gary Lewis & the Playboys (01/23/65)
  • "Help Me, Rhonda" - The Beach Boys (05/01/65)
  • "Mr Tambourine Man" - The Byrds (06/05/65)
  • "I Got You Babe" - Sonny & Cher (07/31/65)
  • "Eve of Destruction" - Barry McGuire (08/28/65)
  • "My Love" - Petula Clark (01/15/66)
  • "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" - Nancy Sinatra (02/05/66)
  • "Monday Monday" - The Mamas & the Papas (04/16/66)
  • "Strangers in the Night" - Frank Sinatra (07/02/66)
  • "Poor Side of Town" - Johnny Rivers (10/08/66)
  • "Good Vibrations" - The Beach Boys (10/29/66)
  • "Somethin' Stupid" - Frank and Nancy Sinatra (03/25/67)
  • "The Happening" - The Supremes (04/15/67) [2] [3]
  • "Windy" - The Association (06/03/67)
  • "Mrs. Robinson" - Simon and Garfunkel (05/04/68)
  • "Dizzy" - Tommy Roe (03/15/69)
  • "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In" - The 5th Dimension (04/12/69)
  • "Love Theme - Romeo & Juliet" - Henry Mancini (05/24/69)
  • "Wedding Bell Blues" - The 5th Dimension (10/04/69)
  • "Bridge Over Troubled Water" - Simon and Garfunkel (02/14/70)
  • "(They Long to Be) Close to You" - The Carpenters (06/27/70)
  • "Cracklin' Rosie" - Neil Diamond (08/29/70)
  • "Indian Reservation" - Paul Revere and the Raiders (05/29/71)
  • "I Think I Love You" - The Partridge Family (10/31/71)
  • "Song Sung Blue" - Neil Diamond (05/13/72)
  • "Half Breed" - Cher (09/01/73)
  • "Annie's Song" - John Denver (06/15/74)
  • "Top of the World" - The Carpenters (10/20/74)
  • "The Way We Were" - Barbra Streisand (12/22/74)
  • "Thank God I'm a Country Boy" - John Denver (04/05/75)
  • "Love Will Keep Us Together" - Captain & Tennille (05/24/75)
  • "I'm Sorry"/"Calypso" - John Denver (08/30/75)
  • "Theme from Mahogany (Do You Know Where You're Going To)" - Diana Ross (11/22/76)

References

  1. Allmusic performance credits
  2. Bronson, Fred (1988). The Billboard Book of NUMBER ONE HITS. New York: Billboard Publications, Inc. p. 223. 
  3. Blaine, Hal; David Goggin (1990). Hal Blaine and the Wrecking Crew. Emeryville, CA: MixBooks. 
  • Blaine, Hal with David Groggin, Hal Blaine and The Wrecking Crew, Mix Books, 1990
  • Whitburn. Joel, Top 40 Hits, Billboard Publications, New York 1992

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