Hal Blaine

Hal Blaine

Real Name:
Harold Simon Belsky
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Studio drummer and percussionist, born 5 February 1929, Holyoke, Massachusetts, USA

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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Hal Blaine Discography Tracks

Albums

Hal Blaine Deuces, "T's", Roadsters & Drums (Album) RCA Victor, RCA Victor Canada 1963 Sell This Version
Hal Blaine Drums! Drums! À Go Go (Album) RCA, RCA Victor Italy 1965 Sell This Version
Hal Blaine Psychedelic Percussion (Album) Dunhill US 1967 Sell This Version
Hal Blaine Have Fun!!! Play Drums!!! (Album) RCA Japan 1968 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

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