The Wrecking Crew!

Synopsis: A celebration of the musical work of a group of session musicians known as "The Wrecking Crew", a band that provided back-up instrumentals to such legendary recording artists as Frank Sinatra, The Beach Boys and Bing Crosby.
Director(s): Denny Tedesco
Production: Magnolia Pictures
  1 win & 5 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
101 min

Not all of 'em,

but a small group,

who later became known

as The Wrecking Crew.

It wasn't an organized band

of musicians

that set out

to take over rock and roll.

And I can't tell you

exactly who was part of this

hit-making machine.

Even the musicians

that were part of this scene

couldn't come to an agreement.

Twelve, 15 people.

Maybe what, 20 of us?

Thirty, maybe?

It was probably 20 musicians,

or maybe a few more,

counting the string players,

of course.

They were doing

all the sessions.

They were a product

of the '40s, '50s, and '60s.

And they were great musicians

who came of age

when rock and roll came of age.

And here they are at the height

of their physical powers

with all of this talent.

And they're in the right place.

And it's the right time,

and so they get to do this.

On the first day of shooting,

I brought

four of L.A.'s greatest

session players together.

Carol Kaye, Plas Johnson

and Hal Blaine,

along with my father.

It was probably the first time

that all four

had been in the same room

in about 20 years.

Do you recognize me...

You've lost weight!

And all you have to do is

just get sick.


- Rolling.

- Okay, the question is...

This is not, uh...

You know, if all the guys

that had been in the studios...

God bless 'em all...

For 20, 30 years,

they all wore the blue blazers,

the neck ties,

and there was no talking,

no smoking, and no nothing.

And we came in there

with Levis and t-shirts,

smoking cigarettes,

whatever we're...

- Yeah.

- And the older guys

were saying, "They're gonna

wreck the business."

You know, "They are gonna wreck

the music business."

We didn't have the respect

that the older guys had.

Remember the older

studio players,

Barney Kessels,

and the Lloyd Elliots,

- all these people?

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