Hal Blaine

Feb 5, 1929 – Mar 11, 2019 (Age 90)


Hal Blaine was the drummer for the Wrecking Crew, the session band that played on some of the greatest pop and rock hits of the 1960s and '70s. For full obituary and coverage from Legacy.com, click here.

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I would like to express my deepest condolences to the family for the loss of your loved one, who will be remembered for his contribution to the music industry. May you find comfort and help in God during this time of sorrow.

You laid down the beat to our lives. Thank you!

Tto Family and friends of Hal Blaine I extend warm condolence. May your keep his memory alive and allow your pain to be soothe by fond memories spent with him. Keep holding dear those memories and your love for him, that way your love for him will live on forever. (1 Cor. 13:8)- Gladys

I am truly heartbroken that Hal has passed. He and Karen Carpenter were the inspiration and reason I learned to play the drums. He was such a class act and I adored him. I will miss him. My prayers and sincerest sympathies go out to his family. You are in my thoughts always Hal. Thanks for your love of music, your talent and your deep wisdom. God Bless your family in the days ahead.

Deep condolences to the family in your loss. In the days ahead, may your sadness be sprinkled with comfort that comes from many sources.

I had the pleasure and honor of producing the Hal Blaine Day in Hal's native Holyoke. We performed 7 songs with him, some he hadn't played in over 20 years. He never missed a beat and carried the show between songs with great stories about each one. Such stature and class, a rare combination. I will cherish our friendship and the many conversations we had since that day...and because his great drumming is heard round the world everyday, he will always be with us. Through his music I became...

I had the privilege of working with Hal in the late 90s and I will always be grateful for the experience. Rest In Peace Hal Blaine! You will be missed.

Thanks Hal for being a friend, the world is greatly improved and enriched place for you having been a part of it. You are loved and will be missed.

Hal was one of a kind. He was, of course, one of the busiest drummers during those years during which we were all working practically around the clock. But, he was also the source of an endless supply of jokes. There were many times when it was these jokes that brightened a boring session or loosened the tension during a trying session. I was with him on a double session at Capitol and on the lunch break, we walked down Hollywood Bl. We saw this little store that advertised personalized items...