Pictured in Ocean Way’s renowned Studio A were (L-R): drummer Bermuda Schwartz, Nancy Sinatra, director/interviewer Mr. Bonzai, NAMM president Joe Lamond, keyboardist Don Randi and drummer Joe Porcaro. Photo by KamranV.
Hollywood, CA (January 14, 2014)—Musical luminaries gathered at Ocean Way Recording studios recently to film a tribute to Hal Blaine that will be shown during the legendary drummer’s induction into the TEC Awards Hall of Fame during the NAMM Show.
Herb Alpert spoke about Blaine: “You brought the sound of recorded drumming to a whole new level, my friend, with your great musical taste, your great sense of time, your attitude, and above all, your great sense of humor.”
On hand for the tribute were Nancy Sinatra, keyboardist Don Randi, bassist Lee Sklar, drummers Jim Keltner, Jon “Bermuda” Schwartz, James Gadsen, Griffin Goldsmith, and Joe Porcaro. Additional videos were sent in by drummers Gregg Bissonette and Russell Kunkel. NAMM president Joe Lamond, a drummer himself, was present as Mr. Bonzai conducted the interviews.
Logging more than 35,000 recording sessions in his more than 50-year career as a top session drummer, Blaine holds the world’s record as the most recorded musician of all time. He is on record as having performed on more than 350 top 10 singles, including more than 40 that went to Number 1. During one seven-year stretch, Blaine played drums on six Grammy Records of the Year.
Blaine will be inducted by drummers Jim Keltner and Chad Smith into the TEC Awards Hall of Fame on Friday, January 24, with a VIP reception at 6 p.m. and the Awards Presentation at 7 p.m.
The evening promises to be a memorable one, as 30 awards will be presented for the finest audio products and projects of 2013, innovative artist Todd Rundgren will receive the Les Paul Award, and, in addition to Blaine, technology pioneer John Meyer will also be inducted into the TEC Awards Hall of Fame.
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