Highlights from the career of drummer Hal Blaine

March 12, 2019
FILE - In this June 25, 2008, file photo, Don Randi, from left, Glen Campbell and Hal Blaine, representing session musicians known as The Wrecking Crew, hold up their hands after placing them in the cement following the induction ceremony for Hollywood's RockWalk in Los Angeles. Drummer Blaine, who played on many of the biggest hits in music history, has died. Blaine's son-in-law Andy Johnson tells The Associated Press that Blaine died of natural causes Monday, March 11, 2019, at his home in Palm Desert, California. He was 90. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian, File)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Session drummer Hal Blaine, who died Monday at age 90 , played on thousands of records in the 1960s and ’70s. He was best known for the opening solo on the Ronettes’ “Be My Baby,” but also played on a wide range of songs now considered classics. Here are highlights:

— “Strangers in the Night,” Frank Sinatra.

— “Return to Sender,” Elvis Presley.

— “Good Vibrations,” The Beach Boys.

— “Mr. Tambourine Man,” The Byrds.

— “A Taste of Honey,” Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass.

— “California Dreaming,” The Mamas and the Papas.

— “The Way We Were,” Barbra Streisand.

— “Love Will Keep Us Together,” The Captain and Tennille.

— “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” Simon & Garfunkel.

— “Another Saturday Night,” Sam Cooke.

— “Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In,” The 5th Dimension.

— ”(They Long To Be) Close To You,” The Carpenters.

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