Post by maninasuitcase on Mar 14, 2019 10:10:49 GMT
Hal was a well known member of "The Wrecking Crew" who played on countless sessions in the 60s and early 70s. They played on Phil Spector's hits, the Beach Boys, The Byrds (only on Mr Tambourine Man), Mamas and Papas, Sonny and Cher, etc, etc.
Honestas non est optimum consilium est: consilium non solum est.
Yes, BBC 6Music were playing records in tribute to him the other morning.
At the time that I was listening, they played the original 'Batman' theme music and 'Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In' by 5th Dimension. This indicates the breadth of work that Hal played on.
R.I.P. Hal Blaine - IIRC it was said that he had probably played on more no. 1 singles than anybody else (and that was just in the UK).
Yes the amount of hits he played on was impressive all the great and the good coveted him and the 'Wrecking Crew' in general to play on their records. They also claimed he ended up working as a security guard for a while when he fell on hard times, which sounds crazy when you think of all the records he played on. He is not the first musician to play on loads of huge records and end up broke, but for these guys it is all about the music.