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Old 03-11-2019, 05:28 PM
ATeam ATeam is offline
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Default RIP Hal Blaine

From his 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.
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Old 03-11-2019, 06:17 PM
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Rip Hal Blane
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Old 03-11-2019, 06:26 PM
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R.I.P. One of the best of the best, !!!
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Old 03-11-2019, 07:02 PM
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R. I. P. Hal Blaine: (
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Old 03-11-2019, 07:47 PM
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A great Loss- the Legend- drummer of ALL the hits we recognize today as classics on record... THE innovator of the pulse of Rock....
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Old 03-11-2019, 07:48 PM
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So sad. RIP Hal. You were an inspiration to us all!
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58 WFL New Yorker Blue Sparkle
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69 Ludwig Standard Red Ruby Strata
70's Ludwig BOP "Ringo" Kit

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Old 03-11-2019, 07:48 PM
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He had a great career and a long life, can't ask for much more than that. Be My Be My Baby!
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Old 03-11-2019, 08:17 PM
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My generation grew up on all the hits by Hal and the Wrecking Crew. I can't thank you enough for the drumming you leave behind. RIP Hal and my thoughts go out to your family and friends.

-Mark
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Old 03-11-2019, 09:43 PM
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This one really hits home. I was thinking about Hal the other night after the band did "Be My Baby," and I was telling everyone how I'd finally met and seen Hal at a clinic at the Long Island Drum Shop in Bellemore, and we had to convince him to get up onstage and play that famous beat that everyone knows. He got a standing ovation for it. He said, "What am I going to play? There are no other musicians here!"

I have known Hal since 1987, when I interviewed him for my book. We became friendly and communicated occasionally. He was active in promoting my book, while I helped promote his book, which was published not long after mine. Hal was a terrific guy, always available to talk on the phone if I had a question. He was very honest with me about how he was fired by John Denver's management after playing with him for many years on the road, and how his studio career came to an end in Scottsdale, AZ, where he was forced to work as a security guard. Most people don't know that he was a Korean War veteran.

He was married six times ("I had a weakness for long-legged blonde showgirls," he told me), and his fifth wife died of cancer. He remarried, and wife #6 took him for all he was worth. Hal was forced to sell all but one of his gold and platinum records to survive. She took his house, his boat, his cars, just about everything he had. I know he was devastated. Fortunately, he had a good pension from the Musician's Union.

In 2006 when my book was republished, I spoke to Hal at length again. He had been given a couple of Chinese Taye drumsets to play and he was impressed with the quality ("Over in China, if someone makes a mistake in that drum factory, they practically cut their fingers off!"). He had done three album sessions that year, including one with Mason Williams, and he told me, "I'm retired now. It's time for me to rest and time for the young guys to take over." I don't think he ever played on another record.

Godspeed Hal. Thank you for your inspiration and so much more. A very sad day for me.
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Old 03-12-2019, 12:09 PM
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This one really hits home. I was thinking about Hal the other night after the band did "Be My Baby," and I was telling everyone how I'd finally met and seen Hal at a clinic at the Long Island Drum Shop in Bellemore, and we had to convince him to get up onstage and play that famous beat that everyone knows. He got a standing ovation for it. He said, "What am I going to play? There are no other musicians here!"

I have known Hal since 1987, when I interviewed him for my book. We became friendly and communicated occasionally. He was active in promoting my book, while I helped promote his book, which was published not long after mine. Hal was a terrific guy, always available to talk on the phone if I had a question. He was very honest with me about how he was fired by John Denver's management after playing with him for many years on the road, and how his studio career came to an end on Scottsdale, AZ, where he was forced to work as a security guard. Most people don't know that he was a Korean War veteran.

He was married six times ("I had a weakness for long-legged blonde showgirls," he told me), and his fifth wife died of cancer. He remarried, and wife #6 took him for all he was worth. Hal was forced to sell all but one of his gold and platinum records to survive. She took his house, his boat, his cars, just about everything he had. I know he was devastated. Fortunately, he had a good pension from the Musician's Union.

In 2006 when my book was republished, I spoke to Hal at length again. He had been given a couple of Chinese Taye drumsets to play and he was impressed with the quality ("Over in China, if someone makes a mistake in that drum factory, they practically cut their fingers off!"). He had done three album sessions that year, including one with Mason Williams, and he told me, "I'm retired now. It's time for me to rest and time for the young guys to take over." I don't think he ever played on another record.

Godspeed Hal. Thank you for your inspiration and so much more. A very sad day for me.
Nice story. Thanks for sharing. BTW I love your book. It was the first one I purchase when finally, FINALLY taking up drumming at the ripe age of 43.
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