Hal Blaine may well be the most profilic drummer in rock and roll history. He's certainly played on more
hit records than any drummer in the rock era, including 40 #1 singles and 150 that made the Top Ten.
Eight of the records he played on won Grammys for Record of the Year. Blaine, who was born Harold
Simon Belsky in 1929, became a professional drummer in 1948 and joined teen idol Tommy Sands'
band in the late Fifties. He was the most in-demand session drummer in Los Angeles during the
Sixties and early Seventies, and a list of musicians he played with reads like a who's who of popular
In 1961, Blaine drummed on Can't Help Falling in Love With You, one of Elvis Presley's most
memorable sides, and he would play on Presley's film soundtracks throughout the Sixties