Hal Blaine 1929-2019

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  1. NowhereMan

    NowhereMan Active Member Thread Starter

    Just read this on Hal Blaine's official Facebook page:

    "Hal Blaine - loving father of Michelle Blaine; grandfather of Anthony, Josh, Aaron, Whitney, Tempest, Ever and Lyryk; and inspiration to countless friends, fans and musicians - has passed on today, March 11th, 2019 at the age of 90. 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."
  2. GaryAlan

    GaryAlan Well-Known Member

  3. Carpe diem

    Carpe diem Well-Known Member

    Legendary session drummer. His body of work speaks for itself...Rest In Peace.
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  4. Joeyesterday

    Joeyesterday Active Member

    Losing Hal and Joe is such a loss I cannot put into words. Their legacy of music will always be a part of my life.
    Thinking of their families.
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  5. Mike Blakesley

    Mike Blakesley Well-Known Member Moderator

    That's sure sad news. I didn't think he was that old. I'm sure glad we have "The Download" interviews with him to help preserve his legacy.
  6. Bobberman

    Bobberman Well-Known Member

    Another True Legend and Great Musician Is No longer With us RIP Mr Blaine and Deep Condolences to his Family.
  7. GaryAlan

    GaryAlan Well-Known Member

    Modern Drummer 2005:
    An Interview with Hal Blaine
    Paving the way for some of the great studio musicians of our time, like Jim Gordon, Jim Keltner, Jeff Porcaro, and John JR Robinson, were Earl Palmer and Hal Blaine.

    Modern Drummer: How was Karen (Carpenter) as a drummer?
    Hal Blaine: "I’ve always said there’s nothing wrong with female drummers. There are some fine female drummers out there, but to me Karen always looked like a little high school kid sitting behind drums. She rushed a bit, but that’s because she didn’t have that kind of training. It was just her and her brother. When I first met them they were two little chubby kids wearing Western clothing. Joe Osborn, the great bass player, brought them to me and said, “You’ve got to produce these kids, they’re so good.” I said, “Joe, when do we have time?” We were in the middle of a Neil Diamond date. Karen was very nice, but there was just no way. And right after that A&M signed them..."

    Entire Interview:
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  8. GaryAlan

    GaryAlan Well-Known Member

    Carpenters and Hal Blaine, here is a great interview:
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  9. Chris Mills

    Chris Mills Well-Known Member

    Carpenters were so fortunate to have such a pedigree drummer play on their studio recordings.
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