Film: The Wrecking Crew
Film: The Wrecking Crew
Tuesday, March 5, 7pm
Director/Writer Denny Tedesco's chronicle of pop music's heyday delves back to the late 50s, the 60s and the 70s, an era of all-night recording sessions in cramped, smoke-filled rooms, when real musicianship was not only appreciated, it was demanded. Stocked with rare, historical footage and interviews with the groupâ€™s members along with testimonials from music giants Dick Clark, Herb Alpert, Glen Campbell, Cher, Brian Wilson, Jimmy Webb, Gary Lewis among many others.
Interview with Director, Denny Tedesco
By Tommy Maranuchi, Jr.
What is the Wrecking Crew?
The Wrecking Crew were a group of Studio Musicians in Los Angeles in the 60s who played on hits for the "Beach Boys, Frank Sinatra, Nancy Sinatra, Sonny and Cher, Jan & Dean, The Monkees, Gary Lewis and the Playboys, Mamas and Papas, Tijuana Brass, Ricky Nelson, Johnny Rivers and were Phil Spector's Wall of Sound. The amount of work that they were involved in was tremendous.
They were also involved in groups that I like to call, The Milli Vanilli's of the day. A producer would get the guys in and lay down some instrumental tracks. If it became a hit, they would record an album and put a group together to go on the road. This happened many times with groups like the Marketts, Routers, and T-Bones. The next day they would do the same thing and call it another name. Same musicians, but different group Name.
At the time the record industry was primarily in New York, London and Detroit in the late 50's and early 60s. Then there was a surge towards the mid-60s that pushed the recording to the west Coast. So these musicians were recording around the clock for a good 8 years. It's hey day for this group was in 1967 when the charts turned to the west.
It was incredible! I felt just like I was sitting there with them at that table. It had everything I wanted to see and more that I didn't expect. Tommy's humor drew you in and the lifelong respect for each other was so evident. Thank you for making this film because it shows that these legendary musicians, who we listen to everyday, are anything but invisible!!!!!!
- Peter Frampton
A wonderful, touching and hilarious film about the unsung stars of so many records that you carry in your heart.
- Elvis Costello
You know, the musicians were really the unsung heros of all those hit records. They really made it work. The Wrecking Crew was on almost every record I made and I had 21 chart hits with them. Needless to say I think they were the best musicians in the country - then and now. Brilliant technique, execution and feel... and they could READ!
- Nancy Sinatra
I loved the film, thank you for bringing to light the story behind one of the most important musical ensembles of the modern recording era...
- Chad Smith, Red Hot Chili Peppers