Remembering Holyoke-born Drummer Hal Blaine

Hal Blaine is one of the most influential figures in rock and roll. Odds are he’s also someone you haven’t heard of—despite Blaine being born right here in Holyoke. Known as the world’s most recorded musician, Blaine’s signature drum beats are the back-bone to chart-topping hit after hit from the likes of Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, the Beach Boys, Simon and Garfunkel and many others. Blaine died on March 11 at 90 years old. But as Connecting Point’s Ross Lippman shows us, his legacy here in Western New England—and around the worldlives on.