Hal Blaine, Drummer Behind the Ronettes’ “Be My Bay,” Dead at 90

Hal Blaine, Drummer Behind the Ronettes’ “Be My Bay,” Dead at 90

Hal Blaine, a drummer for the famed group of session musicians known as the Wrecking Crew, has died, Variety reports. Blaine’s family confirmed the news in a Facebook post. He was 90. As a member of the Wrecking Crew, Blaine played drums on a number of classics including the Ronettes’ “Be My Baby,” the Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds and “Good Vibrations,” the Crystals’ “He’s a Rebel,” Simon & Garfunkel’s “Mrs. Robinson” and “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” and many more. He also released a string of instrumental solo albums in the 1960s. Read Brian Wilson’s tribute to Blaine below. Blaine was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. Last year, he received a Lifetime Achievement Grammy. Blaine and the Wrecking Crew were the subject of Danny Tedesco’s 2008 documentary. Last month, Blaine performed at his 90th birthday party.