Hal Blaine and the Wrecking Crew

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Hal Leonard Corporation, Jan 1, 2010 - Music - 119 pages
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(Book). Ever wonder what it would be like to be the most recorded musician in popular music? This updated bestselling autobiography spotlights Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and drummer extraordinaire Hal Blaine and his remarkable life experiences. From the Sinatras to the Beach Boys, Blaine drumrolled through the'50s, '60s and '70s, driving over 40 songs to the Number One slot. His works with Phil Spector and the Wrecking Crew sessions, his touring experiences and other hitmaking pressure sessions are amusingly revealed in this rare glimpse into a golden age of music. Exclusive scrapbook photos round out this biography to provide an entertaining and educating book for musicians and fans alike. The update brings his life into the 21st century, including info on his inductions into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Musicians Hall of Fame in Nashville, dealing with Spector's infamous trials, and recently, the renewed interest in his golden era of recording with the documentary film on the Wrecking Crew and all the new wave of accocalades that followed.
 

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Contents

The Holyoke Story
1
San Bernardino
7
Korea The Drummer Boy Goes Overseas
11
Chicago
21
Tommy Sands
33
Patti Page and the Movies
41
Phil Spector The Wrecking Crew
47
The Sinatras
55
Monkee Business
73
Jimmy Webb and The Fifth Dimension
77
The Mamas The Papas
85
The Carpenters
91
The John Denver Story
95
Married To My Drums
103
Hal Blaine 1990
107
Putting it all in Perspective 2010
111

Making Waves with the Beach Boys
59
Up and Down with Jan and Dean
65

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About the author (2010)

Hal Blaine came to Hollywood in the late-Fifties with a dream of becoming a studio drummer. Over the next 25 years he recorded nearly 35,000 tracks of music and became the heartbeat and backbone of major hits by such diverse artists as the Beach Boys, The Mamas & the Papas, The Byrds, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, John Denver, Simon and Garfunkel and the Tijuana Brass. He has performed on more than 40 Number One and 350 Top Ten records, an achievement unmatched by any other musician. In 2000 the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted Blaine.
Mr. Bonzai is a highly respected Hollywood-based journalist, author, and award-winning photographer. He has published more than 1000 articles and interviews worldwide and has worked as a disc-jockey, engineer, producer, and recording studio manager.

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