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Joe Offer Obit: Hal Blaine, Wrecking Crew Drummer(1929-2019) (14) RE: Obit: Hal Blaine, Wrecking Crew Drummer(1929-2019) 16 Mar 19


SRS linked to a 2015 rebroadcast of a 2001 Fresh Air interview. It was rebroadcast again this week.
The interview is absolutely fascinating. I didn't recognize Hal Blaine's name or the name of the Wrecking Crew, but I certainly recognized some of the samples Terry Gross played on the program -two pieces especially:
  • The eight drum beats at the beginning of "Be My Baby," by the Ronettes - that brief drum solo defined the whole song.
  • "A Taste of Honey," by the Tijuana Brass. The band starts out slowly, and Blaine says they were having trouble getting together on the piece. Then Blaine comes in with one of his distinctive drum licks - just four beats of the drum - and the song takes off.
What really blew me away, was that Blaine was the drummer on almost all of the Beach Boys recordings, and "official" Beach Boys drummer Dennis Wilson was often not present when the songs were recorded. Blaine did not explain how much he (Blaine) contributed to the live performances. I was also fascinated by the complimentary things Blaine had to say about the musicianship of Phil Spector and Frank Sinatra.

Take the time to listen to this interview. You'll learn a lot.


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