Sunday, January 07, 2007
The Most Recorded Drummer Keeps A Calendar
Hal Blaine is one of the most recorded drummer in the history of recorded music. He's played on more hit records than any drummer in the rock era, including 40 #1 singles and 150 that made the Top Ten. He was the most in-demand session drummer in Los Angeles during the Sixties and early Seventies, and a list of musicians he played with reads like a who's who of popular music. He served as the percussive backbone of the "Wrecking Crew"—the nickname that younger studio hands on the L.A. scene bestowed on themselves after the rock-hating old-timers complained they were "wrecking the business." He was a key component of Phil Spector's "Wall of Sound" production, which yielded such classic rock and roll hits as "Be My Baby," by the Ronettes, and "Da Doo Ron Ron," by the Crystals. In addition to all of these great albums, he also recorded a slew of his own. In August 1965, he released his first LP; Drums! Drums! a Go-Go which consisted of standards such as "La Bamba", "Rumble" and "Land of A Thousand Dances". In 1967 he followed it up with Psychedelic Percussion. Blaine brought in the best he could find in the field of electronic music and percussion who in turn brought in an exotic mix of keyboards and percussive instruments. It also had a concept in that each track represented a different month of the calendar. Here, in the first month of the year, I bring you Hal Blaine's "Psychedelic Percussion". Enjoy!