I think your right. Hawaii 50 too. I read somewhere that so many young drummers in the 60's-70's (including me!) thought they were stealing licks from all these different drummers but it was just Hal Blain on all those records and themes. You could go into any studio in the Hollywood area and see his name on the wall. I was amazed to see what he was on. What a special time and place!
Yes, but always remember Hal Blaine was more of record guy (usually thought to be the higher level status industry-wise) than a TV guy - though he did do all sorts of work.
For instance, the Batman theme - he's widely been credited with playing on that and I've never really seen it disputed.
The original, broadcast version of the Hawaii 5-0 theme though... that would not be Hal, but rather John Guerin.
In fact I just saw this posted on Facebook by someone going by "WreckingCrewFilms" -
On this date May 3, 1968 the tracks for "Hawaii 5-0" were recorded at Western Recorders, The theme song was written by Morton Stevens, arranged by George Tipton, and produced by Dave Pell.
Although credited to The Ventures, the original theme was recorded by members of The Wrecking Crew and others. Among those playing on the track were:
Gene Estes-percussion (tympani)
Tommy Tedesco-lead guitar ( recorded at a separate session on August 8, 1968) >>>>