Friday 22 March 2019

Celebrated drummer for Sinatra and Presley dies

Hal Blaine. Photo: Kevork Djansezian/AP Photo
Hal Blaine. Photo: Kevork Djansezian/AP Photo

Andrew Dalton

Hal Blaine, the celebrated session drummer who played on the songs of Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and the Beach Boys, has died.

He laid down one of music's most memorable opening riffs on The Ronettes' 'Be My Baby'.

Blaine died aged 90 of natural causes at his home in Palm Desert, California.

The Beach Boys' Brian Wilson yesterday called him "the greatest drummer ever".

The winner of a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award last year, Blaine's name was known by few outside music. But just about anyone with a turntable or radio heard his drumming on songs including Presley's 'Return to Sender', The Byrds' 'Mr Tambourine Man', Barbra Streisand's 'The Way We Were', and The Beach Boys' 'Good Vibrations'.

Irish Independent

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