SHOW #30 The Wrecking Crew – The Untold Story Behind 1960’s Rock and Roll – with Denny Tedesco (Aug. 7)

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denny tedescoListen to my amazing interview with Denny Tedesco, who is directing and producing The Wrecking Crew, a documentary about the group of Studio Musicians in Los Angeles in the 1960’s 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 many more!  They  were Phil Spector’s Wall of Sound, played for Elvis when he was in LA and created the infamous West Coast Sound!

Collectively, their roster of hit songs is unmatched in the recording industry, numbering into the hundreds, spanning decades. They’ve been — pun fully intended — significantly instrumental in building the rise to stardom for a varied list of these popular and more.   They crafted some of pop music’s most timeless and recognizable songs. And yet, outside the industry, few could name a single member.

The Wrecking Who?

crewWhen a hit record was the desired result, there were no others to consider but, The Wrecking Crew, a group of professional session musicians for hire who, as the film unveils, lent far more to these hit songs than mere instrumentation.

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 group’s members along with testimonials from music giants Dick Clark, Herb Alpert, Glen Campbell, Cher, Brian Wilson, Jimmy Webb, Gary Lewis among many others.

I first had the pleasure of meeting Denny when he came to my company

Pro8mm to have this rare archival footage transferred for the film. Denny is the son of Wrecking Crew member Tommy Tedesco. The film is in part a tribute to his legacy.   I later attended a screening and I was absolutely hooked on this amazing piece of music history, and you will be too!

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