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Goldmine's Hall of Fame Inductees - Volume 74

The Goldmine Magazine Hall of Fame begins its induction of many great session musicians who have had significant impact on popular recordings
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This is the 74th set of selections in The Goldmine Hall of Fame.

The next sections will focus on sidemen & others who made their mark on the industry. The last section will feature the great songwriters who have written the most top 10 songs with their first coming between 1955 and 1991. Bios of all selections and criteria for induction can be found on our website by clicking the Goldmine Hall of Fame tab. A running list of all announced inductees will be listed, also. These also can be found under "Great Blogs Of Fire" at the bottom of the page or by following this link -

wrecking crew

Our first groups of those who made great contributions to recorded music behind the scenes focus heavily on The Wrecking Crew, California's elite session musicians who played on countless recordings. Some Wrecking Crew members, multi-instrumentalist Larry Knechtel & guitarist Glen Campbell, for example, were vital members of this group, but are not included in this list having already received induction, Knechtel as a member of Bread, Campbell for his solo efforts.

Whether it's the memorable drum pattern laid down by Hal Blaine to start the Ronettes' "Be My Baby," Knechtel's piano on Simon & Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water," Earl Palmer's magnificent drum intros on Fats Domino's "I'm Walkin'" or several hit versions of "Little Bitty Pretty One" or Carol Kaye's bass intro to the Grass Roots' "Midnight Confessions," the enhancements provided by great session musicians should never be underestimated...or forgotten.


Hal Blaine

This Massachusetts drummer powered California's "Wrecking Crew," likely appearing on more hit records than any other musician. Between 1966 to 1971, Blaine played on six straight Grammy Record of the Year winners. He was inducted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 2010.

A small sample of the records on which Blaine appeared includes: Good Vibrations, California Girls, Fun, Fun, Fun, Help Me Rhonda, Sloop John B & God Only Knows (Beach Boys); Be My Baby (Ronettes); Danke Shoen (Wayne Newton); Mary Mary (Monkees); Strangers In The Night & That’s Life, (Frank Sinatra); Up, Up & Away, Aquarius, Stoned Soul Picnic & Wedding Bell Blues (5th Dimension); Then He Kissed Me, Da Doo Ron Ron & He's A Rebel (Crystals); Monday Monday, Dedicated To The One I Love & California Dreamin’ (Mamas & Papas); Sugar Town & These Boots Are Made For Walkin’ (Nancy Sinatra); Dizzy (Tommy Roe); This Diamond Ring & Everybody Loves A Clown (Gary Lewis & the Playboys); Windy (Association); A Taste of Honey (Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass); Out Of Limits (Marketts); Surf City & The Little Old Lady From Pasadena (Jan & Dean); A Little Less Conversation, Memories & Can't Help Falling In Love (Elvis); Bang Bang & Half Breed (Cher); Something Stupid (Nancy & Frank Sinatra); No Matter What Shape (The T-Bones); Mr. Tambourine Man (Byrds); Love Will Keep Us Together (Captain & Tennile); Galveston (Glen Campbell); Eve Of Destruction (Barry McGuire); Everybody Loves Somebody (Dean Martin); McArthur Park (Richard Harris); Guantanamera (Sandpipers); My Love (Petula Clark); Midnight Confessions (Grass Roots); Bridge Over Troubled Water & Mrs. Robinson (Simon & Garfunkel); I Got You Babe (Sonny & Cher); Poor Side Of Town (Johnny Rivers); The Happening (Supremes); Close To You (Carpenters); Cracklin' Rosie (Neil Diamond); I Think I Love You (Partridge Family); Indian Reservation (Paul Revere & the Raiders); Annie's Song & Thank God I'm A Country Boy (John Denver); The Way We Were (Barbra Streisand).

Tommy Tedesco


Hailing from upstate New York (Niagara Falls), this versatile musician was accomplished on almost anything that had strings & Guitar Player magazine labeled him "the most recorded guitarist in history." Moving to California, Tedesco was a vital member of the Famed Wrecking Crew.

Just some of the recordings Tedesco played on include: Be My Baby (Ronettes); Danke Shoen (Wayne Newton); Let’s Go & Surfer’s Stomp (Routers); Strangers In The Night (Frank Sinatra); Up, Up & Away, Stoned Soul Picnic & Aquarius (5th Dimension); Then He Kissed Me & Da Doo Ron Ron (Crystals); You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling (Righteous Brothers); Bonanza Theme, Batman Theme, Green Acres Theme, Theme From M.A.S.H. & Mission Impossible; Twistin’ the Night Away (Sam Cooke); Out Of Limits (Marketts); Fools Rush In (Rick Nelson); No Matter What Shape (The T-Bones); Sure Gonna Miss Her (Gary Lewis & the Playboys); Eve Of Destruction (Barry McGuire); Dedicated To The One I Love (Mamas & Papas); Memories (Elvis); McArthur Park (Richard Harris); The Little Old Lady From Pasadena (Jan & Dean); Guantanamera (Sandpipers); Hawaii 5-O (Ventures).


Carol Kaye

Born in Washington, Kaye headed south, eventually becoming a member of The Wrecking Crew, which she says actually was called The Clique. Appearing on thousands of recordings, Kaye may be the world's most heard bass player and she also contributed guitar work to many recordings.

Just a few of the hit recordings Kaye appears on are: Danke Shoen (Wayne Newton); Whipped Cream (Herb Alpert); California Girls, Wouldn't It Be Nice, Sloop John B, Help Me Rhonda, God Only Knows & Heroes & Villains (Beach Boys); The Beat Goes On (Sonny & Cher); You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling & Soul & Inspiration (Righteous Brothers); River Deep, Mountain High (Ike & Tina Turner); Mission Impossible (Lalo Schifrin); Something Stupid (Nancy & Frank Sinatra); No Matter What Shape (The T-Bones); Wichita Lineman, Galveston & Rhinestone Cowboy (Glen Campbell); Sugar Town & These Boots Are Made For Walkin' (Nancy Sinatra); Midnight Confessions (Grass Roots); Scarborough Fair/Canticle & Homeward Bound (Simon & Garfunkel); I'm A Believer (Monkees); Indian Reservation (Paul Revere & the Raiders); In The Heat Of The Night (Ray Charles); Little Green Apples (OC Smith); 16 Tons (Tennessee Ernie Ford); This Diamond Ring (Gary Lewis & the Playboys); The Twelfth Of Never (Johnny Mathis); The Way We Were (Barbra Streisand); Then He Kissed Me (Crystals); La Bamba (Ritchie Valens); Let's Dance (Chris Montez); The Birds & Bees (Jewel Akins).


Don Randi GM

This New York City-born Jazz pianist played a vital role in the Wrecking Crew, playing on most of Nancy Sinatra's recordings & hits by many other recording artists. His own group, Don Randi & Quest, was nominated for a Grammy in 1980. His daughter, Leah, has followed in his footsteps as a bass player, most notably for Pink.

A small sampling of Randi's work includes: Good Vibrations, Help Me Rhonda & God Only Knows (Beach Boys); Be My Baby (Ronettes); Then He Kissed Me & Da Doo Ron Ron (Crystals); You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling (Righteous Brothers); These Boots Are Made For Walkin’ & Sugar Town (Nancy Sinatra); Dizzy (Tommy Roe); Surf City (Jan & Dean); A Little Less Conversation & Memories (Elvis); Everybody Loves Somebody (Dean Martin); My Love (Petula Clark); Midnight Confessions (Grass Roots).



Two things for certain if you're a violin player. One, you'll probably be recording with other violinists. Two, you'll probably go unnoticed. After all, listeners may rave about a guitar, keyboard, horn or drum solo, but how many go "Wow, listen to that string section!"

Still, many great recordings have terrific string arrangements played by many different musicians that contribute mightily to that recording's greatness. We single out the above eight due to their appearance on many hit recordings. Some, featuring all or some of those players, include: Danke Shoen (Wayne Newton); Strangers In The Night & That’s Life (Frank Sinatra); Dizzy (Tommy Roe); Stoned Soul Picnic & Up, Up & Away (5th Dimension); A Little Less Conversation & Memories (Elvis); Monday Monday (Mamas & Papas); Everybody Loves Somebody (Dean Martin); McArthur Park (Richard Harris); My Love (Petula Clark); God Only Knows (Beach Boys); Galveston, Wichita Lineman, By The Time I Get To Phoenix & Gentle On My Mind (Glen Campbell); Something Stupid (Nancy & Frank Sinatra); Let's Go (Routers); Everybody's Talkin' (Nilsson); The Pink Panther Theme (Henry Mancini).