Hal Blaine – RIP

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“May he rest forever on 2 and 4. The family appreciates your outpouring of support and prayers that have been extended to Hal from around the world, and respectfully request privacy in this time of great mourning. No further details will be released at this time”.

Scompare a 90 anni Harold Simon Belsky uno dei più importanti, prolifici e venerati batteristi di sempre. Membro portante del collettivo di musicisti di studio Wrecking Crew (“a loose collective of session musicians based in Los Angeles whose services were employed for thousands of studio recordings in the 1960s and early 1970s, including several hundred Top 40 hits. The musicians were not publicly recognized in their era, but were viewed with reverence by industry insiders. They are now considered one of the most successful and prolific session recording units in music history”) e dunque presente in quasi la metà dei singoli più celebri degli anni ’60 (e non solo). Un marchio di fabbrica che Blaine amava ricordare con un timbro che apponeva nei luoghi dove suonava e che riportava: “HAL BLAINE STRIKES AGAIN!!“.

“According to a 2017 Modern Drummer feature by Dennis Diken (himself the drummer of the New Jersey band The Smithereens), Blaine appeared on more than 35,000 recordings, including some 6,000 singles

I Beach Boys di ‘Pet Sounds’, le Ronettes, Nancy Sinatra, Elvis Presley, The Mamas and the Papas, Steely Dan, Cher, Simon & Garfunkel, Frank Sinatra, i Byrds di ‘Mr Tambourine Man’, Dean Martin, The Carpenters, John Denver… la lista sarebbe realmente infinita. “Blaine was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a sideman in 2000 and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Recording Academy in 2018”.

Hal Blaine ci piace allora ricordarlo anche nelle toccanti parole di Brian Wilson:

I’m so sad, I don’t know what to say. Hal Blaine was such a great musician and friend that I can’t put it into words. Hal taught me a lot, and he had so much to do with our success – he was the greatest drummer ever. We also laughed an awful lot. Love, Brian