One of the most used musicians in the history of pop music. Hal, along with "The Wrecking Crew" grew to define a signature sound in rock and roll.

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The drumbeat is ubiquitous. So why can’t artists and producers like Blaine and Phil Spector claim ownership over it? The answer is simple: they can’t.

Under the law, musical composition and songwriting elements such as chord progressions, melodies, and lyrics can be copyrighted. Drumbeats and drum patterns are not considered songwriting; therefore, they cannot be copyrighted. Drumbeats contribute to the rhythm of a song and there are too few rhythmic patterns and combinations that are perceptible to music audiences to allow them to be copyrighted (Cronin, 2015).


Cronin, C. (2015). I hear America suing: Music copyright infringement in the era of electronic sound. Hastings Law Journal66(5), 1187-1256.