Hal Blaine – “Greatest Drummer Ever” dies aged 90
The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson, Ringo Starr and Nancy Sinatra are among those paying tribute to legendary drummer Hal Blaine. Tributes are being paid to “the greatest drummer ever” Hal Blaine following his death at the age of 90. Blaine was the famous session musician who played with artists including Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and John Lennon.
As a member of elite LA studio band The Wrecking Crew, he played on songs including Presley’s Return To Sender, The Beach Boys’ Good Vibrations, The Ronettes’ Be My Baby and Simon & Garfunkel’s Mrs Robinson, as well as the theme songs to Batman and dozens of other TV shows. According to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, he played on 40 number one hits and 150 top 10 songs in the US. He died of natural causes at his home in Palm Desert, California, his family said.