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Tribute to Hal Blaine

Here’s a brief look into the life of one of the most influential drummers of all time. This show honors Hal Blaine by combining three separate interviews done here at Drum Channel. The first is a roundtable featuring Charlie Watts (The Rolling Stones) and Jim Keltner (Iconic Studio Drummer), hosted by Don Lombardi. Our second show features hosts Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers) & Gregg Bissonette (Ringo All-Starr Band). Our Third show is a special roundtable about “The Wrecking Crew” featuring special guests Don Randi, Frank Devito and Denny Tedesco.

Over a 20 year span, Hal played on 8 “Record Of The Year” Grammy Award winners, 40 Number One Hits, more than 150 Top Ten Hits and thousands of other records, movies, commercials and TV shows. Hal single-handedly defined the term “studio drummer” and he was instrumental in first recording the single-headed “concert” toms.

Hal recorded hits with Frank Sinatra, The Beach Boys, Simon & Garfunkel, The Mamas & Papas, The Fifth Dimension, Sonny & Cher, Elvis Presley, The Byrds, The Association, The Carpenters and many more. He was inducted in the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in 2000. By any measure, Hal Blaine was one of the most successful and influential drummers of all time. In fact, Hal played on so many rock and pop hits that drummer Bruce Gary once remarked how shocked he was to learn that 6 of his favorite drummers were Hal Blaine. Add to Favorites Add to My Lessons