Tag: The Beach Boys

The music of legendary drummer, Hal Blaine

Hal Blaine behind the drums in 1970. He was at his peak as a studio musician.
There’s a name for the studio musicians who play behind the scene. These mostly unknown group of session players are called sideman. They’re the ones who have the musical skills to put onto a record the dreams of writers and producers. The most famous of these musicians was called “The Wrecking Crew.” In the 1960’s-early... Read more »

The best and worst concerts of 2018

The best and worst concerts of 2018
Another year is winding down. It’s that time where we evaluate everything that occurred over the last 365. Why not start with music? Here’s a peek at the good and the bad in live music for 2018. Let’s start with the ones I like: Honorable Mention: a. Foo Fighters- Night two at Wrigley Field b.... Read more »

The Beach Boys at Ravinia: Uncle J bangs the drums

The Beach Boys at Ravinia: Uncle J bangs the drums
“Hey Dad, who are those guys playing with Uncle Jesse? It was the summer of 1994. We were living in Tustin, California (The OC). The city put on a balloon festival and the free entertainment was a concert by the bands “America” and “The Beach Boys.” Playing drums that night was “Full House” star John... Read more »

Glen Campbell: Hit songs on which he played guitar

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Beach Boys founder Brian Wilson needed better musicians to perform his dreams. He found Campbell and The Wrecking Crew to do this. They played on many of the Beach Boys recordings including Pet Sounds, which is considered one of the greatest rock albums of all time. We start with "Help Me Rhonda"
Glen Campbell died today at age 81, after a six year battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. To say his career was legendary would be an understatement. He released more than seventy albums, sold forty-five million records, which included twelve gold and four platinum albums. He won ten Grammy’s, including the 1968 Album of The Year for... Read more »
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