Hal Blaine

Hal Blaine ( born February 5, 1929 in Holyoke, Massachusetts as Chaim Zalmon Belsky ) is an American musician. Blaine worked as a drummer for the Wrecking Crew said group of session musicians and was the most in-demand session musicians of the 60s.


At the age of 19 years, Hal Blaine decided to work as a professional studio musician. End of the 1950s he joined the band of teen idol Tommy Sands, left her but a few years later to get back to work as a studio musician in Los Angeles. This decision should usher in a golden age for Blaine.

In 1960 he was hired to record on Connie Francis song Mama drums. It was the first Top 10 hit on the Billboard charts, on the Blaine grossed the percussion. The following year he played for Elvis Presley ( Can not Help Falling in Love ). This helped him finally to break through. In 1963 the release of a solo concept album for RCA Victor was as " Hal Blaine ( The Drummer Man) & The Young Cougars " entitled " Deuces, " T's, " Roadsters & Drums ", which thematically then fully on the tailored musical " Hot Rod " and " surf " scene was (RCA Victor LPM / LSP 2834 ). Besides Presley henceforth also included Dean Martin, Jan & Dean, The Mamas and the Papas, The Byrds, Sonny and Cher, Gary Lewis, Frank Sinatra, Simon & Garfunkel and Jon Mark to his regular customers. Blaine was also represented on numerous albums by the Beach Boys.

For Hitproduzenten like Brian Wilson and Phil Spector Blaine was essential.

Blaine played on more hit singles than any other drummer in rock history. His discography includes 40 No. 1 singles, 150 top 10 singles and 35,000 songs on which he was represented.

In the mid- 1970s it became quiet around Blaine. The orders went back, because not only he - and his regulars were grown older.

In March 2000, Blaine was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.