Beach Boys drummer Hal Blaine dies aged 90

News 15/03/2019

The veteran drummer who played on the Beach Boys' 'Pet Sounds' and 'Good Vibrations', Hal Blaine has passed away on Monday at the age of 90.

Confirmed on Facebook by Blaine's family, the statement wrote, "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."

Born in Massachusetts, Blaine had played over 40 Number One hits and over a hundred and fifty Top 10 singles. It is estimated that he had played on over 35,000 recordings.

In the '60s, he was part of Wrecking Crew and had helped Phil Spector to shape his signature "wall sound" that was used on the Ronettes' 'Be My Baby' hit song. “I may have missed the second beat,” Blaine once explained the song's intro to NPR. “So we went [sings beat] and it stuck. It became a hook and, of course, one of the most famous hooks in rock & roll.”

“The old timers, the guys that we kind of replaced, used to say these kids are going to wreck the business,” Blaine told NPR. “And I just automatically started calling us ‘The Wrecking Crew.'”Between 1966 to 1971, Blaine had been a drummer on six Record of the Year Grammy winners consecutively, including two Simon & Garfunkel tracks - 'Mrs. Robinson' and 'Bridge over Troubled Water'.