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How The Wrecking Crew Secretly Recorded Some of the Biggest Hits of the 1960s & 70s

The top flight crew of L.A. studio musicians known as The Wrecking Crew acquired their name, legend has it, because they “were wrecking the business for everyone else,” writes Janet Maslin at The New York Times­, meaning older session players who couldn’t keep up. Drummers like Hal Blaine (“who justifiably calls himself ’10 of Your Favorite Drummers’ on his Web site”) and guitarists like Tommy Tedesco and Carol Kaye could play anything put in front of them perfectly, in one take, with th...
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He had countless hit records. You never heard of him.

Hal Blaine, the behind-the-scenes heartbeat of over 40 #1 hits, has died at 90. Many records by 1960s and 1970s artists were secretly recorded by session musicians and singers. These unheralded performers were some of the most talented artists ever. None Drummer Hal Blaine died on March 11 at 90 years young. Though you may not know his name, he was arguably the most important drummer in the history of recorded music. And the fact that so few were aware of his existence is no accident. If you'...
Tags: Art, Spotify, Music, Bruce Springsteen, Entertainment, Wikipedia, Glen Campbell, Los Angeles, Katy Perry, Innovation, Metallica, Singer, Recording, Detroit, Frank Sinatra, Guitar


John, Bill and Wayne

In The Wall Street Journal this week, I interviewed Tony-winning playwright John Guare for my "House Call" column in the Mansion section (go here). John's works include The House of Blue Leaves, Atlantic City and Six Degrees of Separation. His new play, Nantucket Sleigh Ride, is at New York’s Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater at Lincoln Center Theater. Wait until you read about the man-cave beach house his father built in 1930 and how his parents inspired him to write plays. Here's John Guare on Six...
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Hal Blaine, drummer who dominated mid-century pop, dies aged 90

Drummer behind iconic Be My Baby rhythm as well as hits by Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and Simon & Garfunkel described as ‘greatest ever’ by Brian WilsonHal Blaine, one of pop music’s most prolific and brilliant drummers, who played with Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, the Beach Boys and more, has died aged 90.The news was announced on his Facebook page, where he was described as a loving father and grandfather, “and inspiration to countless friends, fans and musicians … May he rest forever on 2 ...
Tags: Music, US news, Culture, Pop and rock, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Phil Spector, Hal, Blaine, Simon Garfunkel, Andy Johnson, Frank Sinatra Elvis Presley, Hal Blaine, Brian WilsonHal Blaine, Elvis Presley Frank Sinatra the Beach Boys


Hal Blaine (1929-2019)

Hal Blaine, a prolific Los Angeles session drummer most closely associated with the Wrecking Crew, a tightly knit group of studio musicians in the 1960s and '70s who added a professional studio sound behind thousands of recordings by pop-rock groups and stars, died on March 11. He was 90. Hal played on 40 #1 hit singles, 150 top-10 hits and performed on more than 35,000 recorded tracks. He was the drummer on the Grammy's "Record of the Year" for six years straight, from 1966 to 1971. These six...
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Wrecking Crew Drummer Hal Blaine Dead At 90

Hal Blaine, legendary session drummer and member of the Los Angeles studio-musician group the Wrecking Crew, has died at the age of 90, Variety reports. His family confirmed the news in a Facebook post. No further details about his death have been released. More »
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Kareem, Alan and Dion

He's 7-foot 2 and loves jazz. In The Wall Street Journal this week, I interviewed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for my "House Call" column (go here). We talked about growing up in the Inwood section of Manhattan (where I grew up), listening to jazz and how Kareem gravitated to basketball. It all started with Go Man Go... Also this week in WSJ, I interviewed a towering figure of another sort—actor Alan Alda, on the Beatles' She's Leaving Home from Sgt. Pepper and the song's personal connection (...
Tags: Amazon, New York, Youtube, Glen Campbell, Bob Dylan, Sony, New Orleans, Manhattan, Jazz, John, Alan Alda, Wall Street Journal, Dion, Campbell, Berry, Floyd


Annie, Pete and Denny

In The Wall Street Journal this week, I interviewed 21-year-old professional golfer Annie Park for my "House Call" column on her Korean heritage and why her mom took her golfing when she was 8 (go here). And for my "Playlist" column, I interviewed actress Lorraine Toussaint, who stars in TV's Quantico and Rosewood, and has appeared on more than 60 televsion series (go here). [Photo of Annie Park above courtesy of the LPGA] Me on SiriusXM. This past week, Feedback hosts Nik Carter and Lori M...
Tags: Hollywood, Youtube, Boston, Los Angeles, Jazz, Wall Street Journal, Jackie, Stella, Quantico, Berklee College of Music, Denny, Shelly, Zeitlin, Denny Zeitlin, Pete, Oakland Calif


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In The Wall Street Journal this week, I interviewed 21-year-old professional golfer Annie Park for my "House Call" column on her Korean heritage and why her mom took her golfing when she was 8 (go here). And for my "Playlist" column, I interviewed actress Lorraine Toussaint, who stars in TV's Quantico and Rosewood, and has appeared on more than 60 televsion series (go here). [Photo of Annie Park above courtesy of the LPGA] Me on SiriusXM. This past week, Feedback hosts Nik Carter and Lori M...
Tags: Hollywood, Youtube, Boston, Los Angeles, Jazz, Wall Street Journal, Jackie, Stella, Quantico, Berklee College of Music, Denny, Shelly, Zeitlin, Denny Zeitlin, Pete, Oakland Calif


Anatomy: 'Good Vibrations'

Yesterday, my "Anatomy of a Song" column on the writing and recording of the Beach Boys' Good Vibrations was posted online at WSJ.com. To read the column, go here—or visit my Twitter feed (Marc Myers @ JazzWax) or Facebook page (Marc JazzWax Myers) and click on the link there, which bypasses the WSJ paywall and lets you read it for free. At the tail end of July, I few out to Los Angeles, rented a car and drove four hours north to Paso Robles, the location of the California Mid-State Fair. The ...
Tags: New York, Beach Boys, US, Los Angeles, Canada, Brian Wilson, Jazz, Brian, WSJ, Paso Robles, Al Jardine, Al, Mike Love, Marc Myers, Hal Blaine, Marc JazzWax Myers


Weekend Wax Bits

For the Arts in Review page of The Wall Street Journal this past week, I interviewed Francis Lai, composer of the soundtrack for the French New Wave film A Man and a Woman, which came out in the summer of 1966 (go here). The soundtrack album was released in October and became a sensation among young parents too old for the British Invasion and young enough to remember life before matrimony. As many of you who were kids back then probably recall, most parents had this album hidden away in the...
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Weekend Wax Bits

In this past week's Wall Street Journal, I interviewed director Garry Marshall (Happy Days, Mork & Mindy, Pretty Woman, Princess Bride, Mother's Day, etc.) for the "House Call" column in the Mansion section (go here). Garry is originally from the Bronx and he's a riot. His humor was shaped by the streets, his tap-dancer mother and as a comedy writer for Joey Bishop in the early 1960s. As someone who was a drummer as a kid in his mother's basement stage shows, his timing is terrific. [Photo o...
Tags: New York, Sweden, Aretha Franklin, Pennsylvania, Jazz, Mansion, Bronx, Kansas City, St Louis, Memphis, Wall Street Journal, WSJ, Dick, Harlem, Steven, Judy Garland


How the Moog Synthesizer Changed the Sound of Music

In my little corner of the world, we’re eagerly anticipating the arrival of Moogfest this May, just moved down the mountains from Asheville—where it has convened since 2004—to the scrappy town of Durham, NC. Like SXSW for electronic music, the four-day event features dozens of performances, workshops, talks, films, and art installations. Why North Carolina? Because that’s where New York City-born engineer Robert Moog (rhymes with “vogue”)—inventor of one of the first, and certainly the m...
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