R.I.P. Hal Blaine - Legendary "Wrecking Crew" Drummer

Hal Blaine died on Monday. He was a legendary drummer who was part of the famous 'Wrecking Crew,' the session musicians in L.A. who played on TONS of huge hits back in the day from "Good Vibrations" by the Beach Boys to Simon & Garfunkel's "The Boxer.”We heard from one of our listeners John Ferreira who is an accomplished drummer himself had this take on Blaine: He was a master. One of the most recorded drummers ever if not the most recorded. Always used different techniques to get the perfect sound; going into an elevator shaft for the unique drum sound on ‘The Boxer.’John Bonham took a similar approach and recorded a bunch of the drums for the 4th Zeppelin album at the bottom of a stairwell at Headley Grange with just microphones at the top of the stairs. That's how those drums sounded so big and thunderous on When the Levee Breaks.

 
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