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Hal Blaine

1929

Harold Simon Belsky (a.k.a. Hal Blaine) is born in Holyoke, Massachusetts.

1959

“Baby Talk,” by Jan and Dean, becomes the first of more than 150 singles featuring Hal Blaine on drums to reach the Top Ten.

1962

“He’s a Rebel,” by the Crystals, becomes the first major Phil Spector-produced hit to feature Hal Blaine.

1964

Hal Blaine turns up on big hits by the Beach Boys and Jan and Dean, as well as surf and car groups like the Rip Chords ("Hey Little Cobra"), the Hondells ("Little Honda") and the Marketts ("Out of Limits").

1965

Hal Blaine fills in for drummer Michael Clarke on the Byrds’ “Mr. Tambourine Man,” a #1 hit. He drums on four other chart-toppers

1966

‘Drums! Drums!’ A Go Go, an instrumental album by Hal Blaine, is released. He drums for artists as disparate as the Beach Boys ("Good Vibrations"), Bobby Darin ("If I Were a Carpenter"), Frank Sinatra ("Strangers in the Night") and Nancy Sinatra ("These Boots Are Made for Walkin’").

1967

Hal Blaine is omnipresent on recordings by the Mamas and the Papas, Johnny Rivers, the Grass Roots, the Fifth Dimension, the Association and the Monkees.

1968

Hal Blaine drums on the epic hit “MacArthur Park,” composed by Jimmy Webb and sung by Richard Harris.

1969

Hal Blaine appears on three #1 hits, including the Fifth Dimension’s “Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In” medley from the musical Hair.

1970

Simon and Garfunkel’s majestic “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” featuring Hal Blaine on drums, tops the singles chart.

2000

Hal Blaine is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the fifteenth annual induction dinner. Mike Leiber and Jerry Stoller are his presenters.