Hal Blaine. Who? Hal Blaine. You’ve heard his work a thousand times and more.
Hal Blaine is one of the most talented (and certainly the most prolific) drummers, that has ever picked up a pair of sticks. Prolific, in Hal’s case, means having played on over four thousand records – but such records! In many aspects of life, quantity is often balanced with a diminishing quality, as numbers grow.
Hal Blaine plays on lots of records because he is good; very good. He’s the master of drumming styles, renowned for knowing just what to do. An instinct that allows him to roll up to a studio, tune in to what the artist and the producer are driving at, and somehow turn from a hired sideman into an absolutely essential player in pop history.