Hal Blaine, one of the most recorded studio drummers in the history of the music industry and who played on numerous hits for Elvis, died Monday, March 11, 2019.
During Blaine's prolific career, he worked with everyone from Elvis to Frank Sinatra to The Beach Boys to Simon & Garfunkel and countless more.
Blaine was a session drummer and a member of the Wrecking Crew, a group of session musicians who played on thousands of hits in the 1960s and 1970s. Blaine played on many of Elvis' soundtrack recordings and can be spotted performing behind Elvis in a scene from "Girls!Girls!Girls!" Blaine performed on Elvis hits like "Can't Help Falling in Love," "Return to Sender," "Bossa Nova Baby" and "A Little Less Conversation."
You can hear Blaine on hits like "Be My Baby" by The Ronnettes, "God Only Knows" by The Beach Boys, "He's a Rebel" by The Blossoms, "I Got You Babe" by Sonny & Cher, "Mrs. Robinson" by Simon & Garfunkel, "Another Saturday Night" by Sam Cooke and the "Batman" TV show theme - just to name a few.
Hal Blaine was a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018.