Hal Blaine

American drummer

Hal Blaine (born Harold Simon Belsky; February 5, 1929 – March 11, 2019) was an American rock drummer and session musician. He was one of the most known session drummers. He was known for his works with the Wrecking Crew. He also performed alongside Frank Sinatra.

Hal Blaine
Hal Blaine in 2008.jpg
Blaine recording at the Record Plant in 1995
Background information
Birth nameHarold Simon Belsky
Born(1929-02-05)February 5, 1929
Holyoke, Massachusetts, U.S.
DiedMarch 11, 2019(2019-03-11) (aged 90)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
GenresPop, rock and roll
Years active1940s–2019
Associated actsWrecking Crew, The Beach Boys, The Byrds, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Johnny Rivers, Simon & Garfunkel, Neil Diamond, John Denver, Barbra Streisand, Captain & Tennille

In 2018, Blaine received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.[1]

Blaine died on March 11, 2019 at the age of 90 in Los Angeles.[2][3]


  1. Fabian, Renée (January 9, 2018). "Tina Turner To Queen: 2018 Recording Academy Special Merit Awards". The Recording Academy.
  2. "Hal Blaine, Wrecking Crew Drummer, Dies at 90". Billboard. March 11, 2019. Retrieved March 11, 2019.
  3. "Hal Blaine, Studio Drummer Dies at 90". Variety. March 11, 2019. Retrieved March 11, 2019.