Hal Blaine

Real Name:
Harold Simon Belsky
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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).
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Albums

LSP-2834, LSP 2834 Hal Blaine - Deuces, "T's", Roadsters & Drums album art Hal Blaine Deuces, "T's", Roadsters & Drums (Album) RCA Victor, RCA Victor LSP-2834, LSP 2834 Canada 1963 Sell This Version
SIVS 10 Hal Blaine - Drums! Drums! À Go Go album art Hal Blaine Drums! Drums! À Go Go (Album) RCA, RCA Victor SIVS 10 Italy 1965 Sell This Version
50019 Hal Blaine - Psychedelic Percussion album art Hal Blaine Psychedelic Percussion (Album) Dunhill 50019 US 1967 Sell This Version
SHP-5743 Hal Blaine - Have Fun!!! Play Drums!!! album art Hal Blaine Have Fun!!! Play Drums!!! (Album) RCA SHP-5743 Japan 1968 Sell This Version
ACD-031 Hal Blaine - Hal Blaine's Buh-Doom! album art Hal Blaine Hal Blaine's Buh-Doom!(HDCD, Album) Acoustic Disc ACD-031 US 1998 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

47-8223 Hal Blaine - (Dance With The) Surfin' Band album art Hal Blaine & The Young Cougars, Hal Blaine Hal Blaine & The Young Cougars, Hal Blaine - (Dance With The) Surfin' Band (Single) RCA Victor 47-8223 US 1963 Sell This Version
45N-1387, 45 N 1387 Hal Blaine - (Dance With The) Surfin' Band / The Traps album art Hal Blaine (Dance With The) Surfin' Band / The Traps (Single) RCA Victor, RCA Victor, RCA, RCA 45N-1387, 45 N 1387 Italy 1964 Sell This Version
D-4006 Hal Blaine - Topsy 65 album art Hal Blaine Topsy 65 (Single) Dunhill D-4006 US 1965 Sell This Version
D-4102 Hal Blaine - Secret Agent Man / The Invaders album art Hal Blaine Secret Agent Man / The Invaders Dunhill D-4102 Canada 1966 Sell This Version
45-D-4021 Hal Blaine - Secret Agent Man album art Hal Blaine Secret Agent Man(7", Single, Promo) Dunhill 45-D-4021 US 1966 Sell This Version
45-D-4074 Hal Blaine - Drums A Go-Go album art Hal Blaine, His Drums & Orchestra* Drums A Go-Go (Single) Dunhill 45-D-4074 US 1967 Sell This Version
45-D-4091 Hal Blaine - Wiggy (November) / Love-In (December) album art Hal Blaine Wiggy (November) / Love-In (December)(7", Promo) Dunhill 45-D-4091 US 1967 Sell This Version
D-4142 Hal Blaine - Allegro From 'MacArthur Park' / Drums A Go-Go album art Hal Blaine, His Drums & Orchestra* Allegro From 'MacArthur Park' / Drums A Go-Go (Single) Dunhill D-4142 US 1968 Sell This Version
D-4181 Hal Blaine - Beverly Drive / Midnight At Pink's album art Hal Blaine His Drums And Orchestra* Beverly Drive / Midnight At Pink's Dunhill, ABC Records D-4181 Canada 1969 Sell This Version
56.1001 Hal Blaine - Topsy '67 / California Sun album art Hal Blaine Topsy '67 / California Sun(7", Single) RCA Victor 56.1001 UK Unknown Sell This Version