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Hal Blaine: one of the greatest drummers ever

RIP Hal Blaine: Arguably the greatest session drummer of all time. How good? Hal played on six consecutive Record of the Year winners:

1966 Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass for “A Taste of Honey”;

1967 Frank Sinatra for “Strangers in the Night”;

1968 The 5th Dimension for “Up, Up and Away”

1969 Simon & Garfunkel “Mrs. Robinson”

1970 and “Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In”;

1971 Simon & Garfunkel for “Bridge over Troubled Water”.

Other artists Hal recorded drums for include:

The 5th Dimension


Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass

Nancy Ames


Paul Anka

The Association

Frankie Avalon

Hoyt Axton

Baja Marimba Band

The Beach Boys

Bob B. Soxx & the Blue Jeans

Graham Bond

Pat Boone

Elkie Brooks

Sam Butera and the Witnesses

The Byrds

J.J. Cale

Glen Campbell

Freddy Cannon

Captain & Tennille

The Carpenters

Mel Carter

The Cascades

Johnny Cash

Rosanne Cash

David Cassidy

Ray Charles


Petula Clark

Leonard Cohen

Nat King Cole

Sam Cooke

Johnny Crawford

The Crystals

Bobby Darin

James Darren

Sammy Davis, Jr.

Doris Day

John Denver

Jackie DeShannon

Neil Diamond

Patty Duke

Judith Durham

Duane Eddy

The Everly Brothers

Jose Feliciano

Connie Francis

Frizzell and West

Art Garfunkel

Bobby Gentry

Lesley Gore

The Grass Roots

Lorne Greene

Roosevelt Grier

Hamilton, Joe Frank and Reynolds

Albert Hammond

Emmylou Harris

Richard Harris

Neal Hefti

The Hondells

Thelma Houston

Jan and Dean

Jay and the Americans

Frankie Laine

Michael Landon

John Lennon

Gary Lewis and the Playboys

Jerry Lewis

Jerry Lee Lewis

Bob Lind

Jackie Lomax

Trini Lopez


The Mamas & the Papas

Henry Mancini


The Marketts

Dean Martin

Barry McGuire

Scott McKenzie

The Monkees

Hugo Montenegro

Chris Montez

Gerry Mulligan

Juice Newton

Wayne Newton

Jack Nitzsche

Roy Orbison

Patti Page

The Partridge Family

Bernadette Peters

John Phillips

Elvis Presley

Louis Prima

Gary Puckett & The Union Gap

Helen Reddy

Paul Revere & the Raiders

The Rip Chords

Johnny Rivers

Howard Roberts

Tommy Roe

The Ronettes

Diana Ross

The Sandpipers

Tommy Sands

Paul Simon

Simon & Garfunkel

Frank Sinatra

Nancy Sinatra

Keely Smith

Sonny & Cher

Spanky and Our Gang

Dusty Springfield

Steely Dan

Barbra Streisand

The Supremes

Tanya Tucker

Ike and Tina Turner

Leslie Uggams

Jerry Vale

Bobby Vee

The Ventures

The Vogues

Shelly West

Andy Williams

Mason Williams

Al Wilson


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