Hal Blaine, the famed session drummer known as a major part of the famous Wrecking Crew players, has passed away.
His family honored his passing with an absolutely perfect little eulogy on his Facebook page:
Hal Blaine – loving father of Michelle Blaine; grandfather of Anthony, Josh, Aaron, Whitney, Tempest, Ever and Lyryk; and inspiration to countless friends, fans and musicians – has passed on today, March 11th, 2019 at the age of 90. May he rest forever on 2 and 4. The family appreciates your outpouring of support and prayers that have been extended to Hal from around the world, and respectfully request privacy in this time of great mourning. No further details will be released at this time.
R.I.P. to someone that laid an incredible foundation for us music fans to appreciate forever.
Here are some of the tributes we’re seeing pour in…
— Dan Epstein (@BigHairPlasGras) March 11, 2019
— Nancy Sinatra (@NancySinatra) March 11, 2019
I’m so sad, I don’t know what to say. Hal Blaine was such a great musician and friend that I can’t put it into words. Hal taught me a lot, and he had so much to do with our success – he was the greatest drummer ever. We also laughed an awful lot. Love, Brian pic.twitter.com/vLOX3RIKc6
— Brian Wilson (@BrianWilsonLive) March 11, 2019
— Joe Russo (@Joeyrusso) March 12, 2019
RIP Hal Blaine. Played on 6 STRAIGHT Grammy Record of the Year songs from 1966 to 1971:
* A Taste of Honey
* Strangers in the Night
* Up, Up and Away
* Mrs. Robinson
* Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In
* Bridge Over Troubled Waterhttps://t.co/gzPv5hCs9w
— The '60s at 50 (@the_60s_at_50) March 11, 2019
RIP Hal. Email from @halblaine: GEORGE BURNS, TOLD TO ME PERSONALLY, “WHEN ANYONE ASKS ME HOW I MADE IT THIS FAR, I EXPLAIN THAT EACH MORNING I WAKE UP, START A POT OF COFFEE, OPEN THE PAPER TO THE OBITUARIES, IF I DON’T SEE MY NAME, I ENJOY THE REST OF MY DAY"….HAL BLAINE pic.twitter.com/WRm9KIzGwa
— Justin Kreutzmann (@JustKreutzmann) March 11, 2019
— E. ᔕᑕᕼᑌᗰᗩᑎ (@theericschuman) March 11, 2019