I always thought his commentary was good, too. The man was the epitome of show business, and most people didn't know who he was until fairly recently. I wonder if there's a complete discography of his work available?
Back when I was a kid playing drums, a friend of my drum teacher's (also a drummer) once told me: "Play like Hal, and you'll play in a band."
The first time I met him he had his cymbals with him.. we (all the drummers who came up after the set) were all flipping out over them. Someone asked if they were the cymbals on 'Be my Baby' and Hal said "These are the cymbals on EVERYTHING!"