Feb 7, 2009
Happy 80th Birthday Hal Blaine!!!
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame honoree and the world's most recorded musician Hal Blaine celebrated his 80th birthday with a big party at L.A.'s Baked Potato thrown by his daughter Michelle and fellow Wrecking Crew member Don Randi. Proceeds from the soiree went to help create a scholarship fund at the Berklee College Of Music in Hal's name.
If you're reading this blog and don't know who Hal is, shame on you! Google his name and prepare for your jaw to drop. Hal played on more hit records than any other drummer in history and his tasteful, inventive playing have influenced many generations of musicians, including your humble blogmaster.
I've know Hal for quite a few years and there isn't a more generous, down to earth, and downright hilarious musical "legend" around. So happy birthday Hal, and many, many happy returns of the day!
You can make donations to the scholarship by sending a check to:
Hal Blaine Scholarship
c/o Michelle Blaine
80398 Denton Drive
Indio, CA 92203
Make checks payable to “Berklee College of Music”
Make sure to write in “Hal Blaine Scholarship” in the memo field.
Be sure to include your return address (or that the address on your check is current). Michelle will be mailing checks in bulk to Berklee each month and they will mail out formal recognition receipts with tax deduction information.