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R.I.P. Hal Blaine 1929-2019

March 12th, 2019 Leave a comment Go to comments

 

 

Yesterday we lost a giant in music history, one of the greatest drummers in pop, a hitmaker, a true legend – and most people don’t even know his name. Hal Blaine was the fulcrum of The Wrecking Crew, that great collective of LA-based session musicians that played on an incredible number of pop classics, backing anything from Pet Sounds to The Partridge Family.

Blaine’s death comes just four months after that of bassist Joe Osborne, which means that the trio of musical masterminds who helped Simon & Garfunkel create masterpieces like Bridge Over Troubled Water or The Boxer are now gone (keyboardist Larry Knechtel die in 2009).

I posted two mixes of songs on which Hal Blaine played, with some background on him, in 2014. It might be worth revisiting them:

 

The Hal Blaine Collection Vol. 1 

 

The Hal Blaine Collection Vol. 2

 

Other session musicians’ collection:
The Joe Osborn Collection
The Jim Gordon Collection Vol. 1
The Jim Gordon Collection Vol. 2
The Ricky Lawson Collection Vol. 1
The Ricky Lawson Collection Vol. 2
The Jim Keltner Collection Vol. 1
The Jim Keltner Collection Vol. 2
The Bernard Purdie Collection Vol. 1
The Bernard Purdie Collection Vol. 2
The Steve Gadd Collection Vol. 1
The Steve Gadd Collection Vol. 2
The Steve Gadd Collection Vol. 3
The Larry Carlton Collection
The Bobby Keys Collection
The Louis Johnson Collection
The Bobby Graham Collection
The Ringo Starr Collection

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  1. David Brunt
    March 12th, 2019 at 11:43 | #1

    Looks like the end of the road in the UK for Zippyshare, the following message has been posted

    Zippyshare has been blocked in UK by Sky, BT, Vodafone and Virgin

    Discussion
    Just to let y’all know Zippyshare has been blocked in the UK by all the big service provider

    Looks like i’ll be missing out on your great posts

  2. halfhearteddude
    March 12th, 2019 at 13:27 | #2

    Oh no, that is bad news. I’ll see what I can do about prividing alternative links.

  3. halfhearteddude
    March 13th, 2019 at 08:51 | #3

    The Blaine mixes are up on an alternative link.

  4. Don Hatfield
    March 16th, 2019 at 21:17 | #4

    Great Blaine stuff. Thank you for all you take time to prepare and share with us.

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