Legendary Drummer Hal Blaine, Member of L.A.’s the Wrecking Crew, Dead at 90

According to Rolling Stone, the household legendary studio drummer Hal Blaine, born Harold Simon Belsky, introduced his passing on the age 90 Facebook post Monday. A consummate studio musician, Blaine offered the backing tracks for dozens basic hits together with The Ronette’s “Be My Baby” and Simon & Garfunkel’s “Mrs. Robinson” and “Bridge Over Troubled Water.” A member The Wrecking Crew, a long-standing group Los Angeles session musicians working in 1960s and 1970s, Blaine incessantly performed for producer Phil Spector and the Beach Boys, acting on the latter’s seminal album Pet Sounds.

Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Fame in 2000, Blaine can be heard on The Crystals’ “He’s a Rebel,” Barbra Streisand’s “The Way We Were” and Frank Sinatra’s “Strangers within the Night,” amongst a whole lot different songs. The drummer on each single Grammy Record the Year winner between 1966 and 1971, Blaine received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement award in 2018. As his household wrote on Facebook, “May he relaxation ceaselessly on 2 and four.”