Hal Blaine, the Hall of Fame session drummer of the 1960s and ’70s who played on the songs of The Beach Boys died on Monday, March 11.
His family confirmed his death. His son-in-law, Andy Johnson, told The Associated Press passed away due to natural causes at his home in Palm Desert, California.
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 pic.twitter.com/vLOX3RIKc6
— Brian Wilson (@BrianWilsonLive) March 11, 2019
Shortly after his passing news emerged, a Beach Boys member Brian Wilson paid tribute to him calling him "the greatest drummer ever."
Blaine, who also played on the songs of Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley, was one of music’s most famous opening riffs on The Ronettes’ Be My Baby.
Blaine had won a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018. He is survived by his daughter Michelle Blaine, and 7 grandchildren.
Funeral and memorial services for the late drummer will be announced in the coming days. Rest In Peace Hal Blaine!
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