Hal Blaine’s drums can be heard as part of the Wall of Sound on the Ronettes’ 1963 hit “Be My Baby” produced by Phil Spector at Hollywood’s Gold Star Studios, founded by David S. Gold and Stan Ross in 1950.
Life Member. Drum Set
2/5/1929 – 3/11/2019
by David Gold
and sometimes conductor too,
Four bass beats to set the tempo,
And start the music too.
The bass, the toms and symbols still,
The sticks now quietly lie on the snare,
And now the stool is empty too.
For Hal is no longer there.
Life Member. Composer
11/7/1926 – 2/4/2016
HIS WORK IS DONE
Music staffs on white paper,
A whole note for the string bass,
The pen continues to write its notes,
Next sixteen semiquavers seem to race.
These are tools of music on paper,
By an arranger in great demand.
Whether it be for a large orchestra,
Or just a very small band.
Now suddenly the pen stops,
The arranger has reached his Coda.
His final note has been written,
From his hand the pen drops.
The arrangements he has written,
Will be played on and on,
He will be missed by many,
Yes Jimmie Haskell has gone.
– David S. Gold