The Wrecking Crew

The Wrecking Crew

Denny Tedesco (2008)

101min
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From the guitar-led theme to TV's Bonanza and the saxophone at the heart of the Pink Panther soundtrack, so many classic moments in 1960s musical culture were provided by session men who never got their due. This documentary reveals the story of the 20 or so key players (nicknamed "The Wrecking Crew") who virtually lived in the Los Angeles studios during a vintage era, backing everyone from Sinatra and Sonny & Cher to The Beach Boys and Simon and Garfunkel, and often playing the instruments for The Monkees and The Byrds while their band members got the credit on the records. Names like drummer Hal Blaine or bassist Carol Kaye are probably best known today to those who comb through CD booklets, but this pacey, worthwhile, if slightly repetitive documentary - like Standing in the Shadows of Motown before it - gives these huge, undervalued talents their moment in the limelight. The fact it's directed by the son of guitar ace Tommy Tedesco adds a defining sense of purpose, and a bit more heart.

Cast & Crew

Hal Blaine Hal Blaine
Tommy Tedesco Tommy Tedesco
Carol Kaye Carol Kaye
Al Casey Al Casey
Earl Palmer Earl Palmer
Plas Johnson Plas Johnson
Joe Osborn Joe Osborn
Don Randi Don Randi
Glen Campbell Glen Campbell
Cher Cher
Mickey Dolenz Mickey Dolenz
Nancy Sinatra Nancy Sinatra
Brian Wilson Brian Wilson
Director Denny Tedesco
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: MusicFilmNetworkReleased on: 26 Jun 2015