What do Be My Baby (Ronettes), Mr. Tamborine Man (Byrds), Strangers in the Night (Sinatra), Good Vibrations (Beach Boys), the Pet Sounds album (also Beach Boys), Mrs. Robinson (Simon & Garfunkel), Bridge Over Troubled Waters (Simon & Garfunkel), The Way We Were (Streisand), Aquarius/Let the Sun Shine In (Fifth Dimension), the theme for Three’s Company, Close to You (Carpenters), and the theme for The Brady Bunch have in common?
That, by the way, is an insanely abbreviated list, the full list stretches from Elvis Presley to Sam Cooke to Steely Dan.
All those sessions used the same drummer, who died today. His name is Hal Blaine. He was ninety years old. He was, among other things, part of the group of sessions players called the Wrecking Crew.
If you follow music news, the next few days will probably feature talk about Blaine a lot. There’s of course a ton about him and by him on YouTube.