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


This sound we're going

to record with a tape recorder.

- Brad?

- Here we go.

- Brad?

- Yes.

Do you want me to lay out again

after that instrumental break,

and then come back in

with the fours

toward the end of the, uh...

like, before "C"?

We'll have you wail on

that baby, for the instrument...

Here we go!

This'll be what?

Okay, take two.

- Alvin!

- Okay!

It's 5:
00 in Los Angeles!

The Wrecking Crew was

the focal point of the music.

They were the ones

with all the spirit,

and all the know-how,

especially for rock and roll


In the hardcore producing area,

everybody knew

what went on there.

I mean, everybody knew

that the best musicians

played on all the sessions,

but we as the general public

didn't know.

I had no idea

that certain people

didn't play their own records

until The Monkees came along.

They played so well, and

they played so well together.

I think they were so into that.

They all respected each other,

and they all would

sit and hang...

You know, talk

in between takes and hang.

I mean, it was like...

it was a social event

for these guys too.

What was nice about that unit

was that they played

together a lot.

And so they were

an established groove machine.

They knew each other.

So you could really count on

what they had to offer.

We played on everybody's.

The Lazy-Crazy-Hazy Days

of Summer album

with Nat King Cole,

it was the same guys doing that

that was doing The Beach Boys.

The musicians were really

the unsung heroes

of all those hit records.

When I listen to the records,

it is so apparent

that these guys

were just really so good.

And you can see why

everybody used 'em, you know?

Because they were so tight.

They were the stone cold

rock and roll professionals,

and there may never, ever be

a group of rock and roll


of that caliber again.

The chances are,

you didn't know his name.

But it's likely you sang and

hummed along with his music.

Famed studio guitarist

Tommy Tedesco has died.

I'm Kurt Loder

with an MTV news brief.

Tommy Tedesco was arguably

the king of Los Angeles

session guitarists.

You've probably never

heard his name

or heard him speak, but listen.

He is someone

you've heard before.

He was featured

in the theme to Bonanza...

in Batman.

The chores!

The stores!

Tedesco died of cancer Monday

at his home

in Northridge, California,

at the age of 67.

While his name may not be

immediately familiar

to everyone, some aspect of

his music almost certainly is.

Here's the irony.

You spend your whole life

playing guitar,

creating guitar licks

that people

all around the world recognize.

But nobody knows your name,

until you're dead.

And then, even in the end,

they misspell your name

and call you...

- " Tony Tedesco."

- ...instead of Tommy.

Tommy was not only

a legendary guitarist.

He was my father.

And he was also a member

of an elite group

of studio musicians.

So what follows

is the story of my father

and his extended family,

The Wrecking Crew.

Hondells, Marketts, Routers...

We'd cut the tracks

and the records,

and then they'd form a group

to be that group.

People were really not focused

on the long, drawn-out album

recording sessions.

Four songs in three hours.

It's only a certain group

of guys can do that.

A lot of the recording

came out here.

That's when you had an influx

of a lot of New York musicians.

That was in the mid-'60s,

when they started

flowing out here.

Then it became a flood

around that time.

This led to a surge of work

for the L.A. studio musicians.

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