383822 07: Musician / studio drummer Hal Blaine gives a thumbs up outside Whiskey A Go-Go where singer Nancy Sinatra performed on December 29, 2000 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Newsmakers)
Hal Blaine, drummer of the legendary Demolition team, died yesterday (March 11) at the age of 90.
The number of hits Blaine has played on is simply amazing. Through Modern drummer, Blaine has performed on over 35,000 tracks. Of those songs, 6,000 were singles. Various jingles, television themes and film scores have also been peppered in his recording career.
Basically when Brian wilson called him “the greatest drummer of all time” in a tribute via Twitter, he wasn’t kidding.
How prolific was Blaine? Here are just 15 classic songs where he was featured on drums. These 15 songs alone make for an epic playlist, and there are a ridiculous amount of other amazing songs that feature Blaine.
Les Ronettes – “Be my baby”
The Beach Boys – “Good vibes”
Sonny & Cher – “I had you baby”
Paul Revere and the Raiders – “Kicks”
Simon & Garfunkel – “Mrs. Robinson”
Nancy Sinatra – “These boots are made for walking”
Johnny Rivers – “Male Secret Agent”
The Byrds – “Mr. the Tambourine Man”
Elvis Presley – “Return to sender”
Batman Theme song
The 5th dimension – “Aquarius / Let the sun in”
Neil Diamond – “Cracklin ‘Rosie”
Moms and Dads – “Monday, Monday”
Captain & Tennille – “Love Will Keep Us Together”
The Crystals – “Da Doo Ron Ron”
Erica Banas is a classic rock / rock news blogger who loves the smell of old vinyl in the morning.
Erica Banas is a classic rock / rock news blogger who knows the label well and is extraordinarily kind.