LOS ANGELES | Drummer Hal Blaine, played on hits of Sinatra, Elvis, dies

LOS ANGELES | Drummer Hal Blaine, played on hits of Sinatra, Elvis, dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hal Blaine, the Hall of Fame session drummer and virtual one-man soundtrack of the 1960s and ’70s who played on the songs of Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and the Beach Boys and laid down one of music’s most memorable opening riffs on the Ronettes’ “Be My Baby,” died Monday.

Blaine died of natural causes at his home in Palm Desert, California, his son-in-law, Andy Johnson, told The Associated Press.

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