“Wouldn’t It Be Nice” — The Beach Boys

To celebrate the life and work of Hal Blaine, one of the most prolific musicians in pop history, who passed away this week, let’s take a look at just one of the many great record he played drums on.

Unless you’ve got the sort of mildly-obsessive interest in the music industry that people who feel compelled to write about it on Medium have, Hal Blaine might not be a name you instantly recognise.

That’s because he made his name as a session musician. Initially a feature of Phil Spector’s house band, he really came into his own in the 1960s…