A recent thread on the Smiley forum has compelled me to post, for I've seen some of the same misinformation here. For years, it's been written as fact that Hal Blaine played drums on most of the Beach Boys records, when the reality is that he actually played on relatively few Beach Boys songs. Hal did play on many iconic BB songs (Little Deuce Couple, California Girls, Good Vibrations) and played on Pet Sounds and Smile. But most people believe Hal tracked most of the songs, but just doing some basic research will reveal that Dennis played on many of their hits and most of the album tracks. I'm afraid Hal's book, his discography, and the Beach Boys chapter in particular had a lot to do with this. In the beginning of this book, there is a list of Hal's performances on top 10 records. But it doesn't state if Hal actually played drums or if he was doing percussion on these songs, so people automatically think he played drums on the BB numbers listed. For example, I Get Around is listed as one of Hal's top 10 performances, when his only contribution to this song was playing castanets while Denny played the kit. Dennis also played drums on Fun, Fun, Fun. Hal is listed as playing timbales on that, although I can't really hear timbales on the track. Dance, Dance, Dance is Dennis on drums and Hal on sleighbells, but again, the credits make it seem like Hal drummed on this one too. And Hal is not on Surfin' USA at all, although he takes credit for it in his book. That was Frank Devito, who was filling in because Dennis had broken his ankle. And Hal says in the BB's chapter that Dennis liked his playing so much that he hired him for his solo album. The reality there is that Hal played on only one song on that. Andrew Doe's Bellagio site has the credits for all the songs along with copies of many of the AFM sheets. Dennis played on the majority of the sessions, and in his early years was a fantastic drummer (listen to Live in London) before having to retire from playing due to cutting his hand. He wasn't so good in his later years, but that was mainly due to substance problems. I don't know why this bother's me so much, but I can't stand someone taking credit for someone else's work. Dennis was a good drummer, but these myths make it seem like he was a guy just along for the ride as opposed to an intergral part of a great band. And there's no reason for these myths to persist, since all this information is publicly available.