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The Wrecking Crew

The Wrecking Crew


Rated PG · 102 minutes · 2015

Denny Tedesco—whose father, guitarist Tommy Tedesco, was one of the greatest session musicians of the rock era—started working on his documentary The Wrecking Crew shortly after his dad was diagnosed with cancer in 1996, but it didn't premiere until 12 years later, at the South by Southwest Film Festival. Another seven years elapsed before Denny could raise enough money to license the dozens of hit records excerpted in the movie, by artists as diverse as Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, the Beach Boys, the Monkees, Sonny and Cher, Ike and Tina Turner, and Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass. The Wrecking Crew tells one of the great untold stories of 60s pop, profiling not only Tommy Tedesco but other session players who helped define the west-coast sound (including drummers Hal Blaine and Earl Palmer, bassist Carol Kaye, guitarist Glen Campbell, pianist Leon Russell, and saxophonist Plas Johnson). Many of the interviewees have since died, taking their memories with them. Continue reading >>

See our full review: <i>The Wrecking Crew</i> reveals the faces behind the hits

The Wrecking Crew reveals the faces behind the hits

A long-gestating documentary looks at the session players who created the west-coast sound. »

Director: Denny Tedesco
Producer: Denny Tedesco, Jon Leonoudakis, Suzie Tedesco, Claire Scanlon, Jon Leonudakis, Mitchell Linden, Damon Tedesco, Chris Hope, Herb Alpert, Jerry Moss, Cliff Burnstein and Dennis Joyce

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