DocI was waiting to see if Doc brought this up seeing that he is our in-house skins player but perhaps he still isn't 100% so I'll cover it.
First, Hal Blaine died last week at age 90. Like many top tier session musicians he was far better known by those in the know than by the people who bought the records he played on. A professional drummer for 70 years Hal played on more songs than any drummer in recording history - 35,000+ at last count. He was the drummer on 6,000 singles, 150 top 10 singles and 40 #1 singles. He also was the drummer for 6 Grammy Record of the Year albums.........in a row from 1966 to 1971. Also he was one of the first 5 sidemen to be inducted into the Rock Hall of Fame. Always in demand Hal played for acts as diverse as Frank Sinatra to Phil Spector's Wall Of Sound to Steely Dan and beyond. He truely made the beat go on.
Secondly, we lost Dick Dale last week too. Although associated with the "California Surf Sound" Dick was originally from the Boston area and didn't move to California until he was 17. Being left handed he played a right handed guitar strung in the normal fashion and when he finally got a left handed guitar he kept that same stringing effectively playing it upside down. A friend of Leo Fender who built the first 100 watt stack for him he would torture test Leo's new equipment. "When it can withstand the barrage of punishment from Dick Dale, then it is fit for the human consumption." Leo once said.