THE WRECKING CREW FILM: ONE OF THE COOLEST MUSIC FILMS TO COME ALONG…EVER

MY DINNER WITH DENNY TEDESCO (WELL, NOT REALLY…JUST PICKING THE MIND OF THE MAN BEHIND ONE OF THE COOLEST MUSIC FILMS TO COME ALONG EVER…THE FILM “THE WRECKING CREW”) by ED HUERTA

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WELL, THE TIME IS AT HAND, AND THE WAY COOL MUCH ANTICIPATED WRECKING CREW FILM IS ALMOST HERE…

KICKSTARTER IS IN PLACE AND NOW IT’S TIME FOR EVERYONE OUT THERE TO DO WHAT EACH OF US CAN

 

That’s right.  It’s  finally almost here.  Getting close to the release of THE WRECKING CREW FILM.  Many of you have heard the buzz.  Filmmaker Denny Tedesco, son of the late, great guitarist, Tommy Tedesco, is getting very close to releasing his “labor of love“, The Wrecking Crew Film.  Talk about excitement building…

This is the story that has needed to be told and it’s time for the final push for funds to get this amazing film up on the BIG SCREEN for all to see and enjoy, to be WOWED and AMAZEDAnd what a story it is…

Let’s all help Denny Tedesco to get this story out to the masses.  Kent Hartmanthank you so much for writing “The Wrecking Crew” Book (“The Inside Story of Rock and Roll’s Best Kept Secret)!  I just wish that I would have discovered it before writing this article as I would have certainly asked your permission to draw from it.  What a GREAT read!

To date, many dollars have been raised as the film contains over a hundred songs of which the music rights and licensing had to be worked out and paid for.  The process is almost complete which will allow the film to be released.

Read on and find out how you can become a part of all this through the Kickstarter ProgramYou can actually help in a very modest (or generous) way to get this fantastic film launched onto the big screen!!!  There are so many ways to help out from attending screenings, giving a small or large donation, and even getting an actual dedication that will appear on the DVD.

You can even contribute to the effort by purchasing way cool Wrecking Crew merchandise like Bowling shirts, Tee-shirts and tank tops, baseball caps, coffee mugs, posters, and even special bottles of red wine, all with The Wrecking Crew Logo on them.  Great memorabilia to own, wear, and display in your home or music room.  See: Wrecking Crew Merchandise.

For those guitarists, musicians, and readers out there who aren’t too familiar with or don’t know much about all of this Wrecking Crew business in the air, relax.  It’s okay.  Really.

These are just the guys & girl (studio musicians) who played on the soundtrack of just about every baby boomer’s life, not to mention how it affected and what many of the other generations that followed might have taken from them.

Many of you guitarists, bass players, drummers, piano and keyboard players, as well as other musicians out there have been affected by these guys probably way more than you’ll ever know.  I know that once I finally came to the knowledge of all of this, I couldn’t even begin to believe it.  Songs that I have heard most of my life weren’t even played by the musicians in the bands whose recordings they were supposed to be!

The name, “The Wrecking Crew”, was given to this younger group of studio musicians in L.A. in the early 1960’s by the older established studio musicians in the area (the suits so to speak) as they thought that these younger guys were going to wreck the music business with their rock and roll and blue jeans and tee shirts.

 

The Wrecking Crew Film is the untold “behind the scenes story” of these musicians who played on all of the biggest hits, hit after hit after hit, that came out of the west coast from Southern California.  They were the “unsung heroes” that the public never knew back then and many are just finding out about now.  Believe it or not, they were Phil Spector’s famous “Wall of Sound”!

These are the musicians that played on so many of the hits by The Association, The Beach Boys, The Byrds, The Carpenters, The Crystals, Dean Martin, Elvis, The Fifth Dimension, Frank Sinatra, Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass, Jan & Dean, Nancy Sinatra, Neil Diamond, The Mamas & Papas, The Monkees, The Righteous Brothers, The Ronettes, Sam Cooke, Simon & Garfunkel, Sonny & Cher, and too many others to even mention right now (sorry others)!  The list goes on and on and on….

They even played on T.V. theme songs like Bonanza, Batman, Green Acres, Hawaii Five-O, and Mission Impossible, as well as movie soundtracks.

For those of you who don’t know much about all of this, here’s a video trailer that will bring you up to speed a bit and give you an idea just what it’s all about concerning this cool film.

HERE’S WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT THE FILM

A wonderful, touching and hilarious film about the unsung stars of so many records that you carry in your heart.   – Elvis Costello

It was incredible!  I felt just like I was sitting there with them at that table.  It had everything I wanted to see and more that I didn’t expect.  Tommy’s humor drew you in and the lifelong respect for each other was so evident.  Thank you for making this film because it shows that these legendary musicians, who we listen to everyday, are anything but invisible!!!!!!     – Peter Frampton

“The Wrecking Crew” documentary is the first time that people will finally understand what it was like to be in the trenches of Rock and Roll… Its the closest thing to being there.  It is a great pleasure to be a part of Denny Tedesco’s Wrecking Crew.    – Hal Blaine

Like the Funk Brothers being the backbone of the Motown Sound, the Wrecking Crew were the backbone of the L.A. Sound. This group of musicians played on and created hundreds of hits that became the soundtrack to our lives in the 60s and 70s and are still on radio today. I would recommend this DVD to anyone who likes music and who doesn’t? It’s an historical peek and inside look at the backbone of American hit parade music that rocked the world.                               – Randy Bachman   Guess Who, Bachman Turner Overdrive

Denny Tedesco has given us an amazing look at a musical moment in history that everyone who loves rock and roll should see.    – Christopher Guest

Much congratulations to you for undertaking the project and for delivering it in such a wonderful way. For me it was educational, entertaining and thoroughly engrossing…    – Clive Davis

I loved the film, thank you for bringing to light the story behind one of the most important musical ensembles of the modern recording era…          – Chad Smith, Red Hot Chili Peppers

It’s about bloody time!     – Micky Dolenz

 

Jackaboutguitars.com recently had the honor of being granted an interview with Filmmaker Denny Tedesco.  Drummer and writer Ed Huerta of Jackaboutguitars ‘Art “N” Soul column,  aka “The Prince of Primitive“, managed to be able to free up enough time from his overwhelming schedule to take on the special assignment for Jackaboutguitars of interviewing Mr. Denny TedescoJackaboutguitars was also given permission to use The Wrecking Crew logo, photographs, and even some of the video clip outtakes from this fantastic film by Denny Tedesco.

Throughout the interview I have posted photos and some of these video clip outtakes from the making of the film which are at the least, quite interesting, and some of the stories are really very entertaining.  They aren’t in any special order and probably don’t appear in spots that coincide with the interview.

Enjoy them for the great musical history that they are.  I’m hoping this story and the interview with Denny will be enough to inform those who don’t know much about The Wrecking Crew and temporarily satisfy your curiosity about The Wrecking Crew Film.  If this in any way speaks to any of you musicians out there,

It’s also my understanding that dinner and drinks for the interview were almost outstanding!  They may seem to have even been non existent (just like the budget set aside for all of this by Jackaboutguitars).  We do know that as and when the budgets gets a bit better, all else will follow accordingly.  Enough said, here’s the interview.  Enjoy!    –   Jack

MY DINNER WITH DENNY (WELL, NOT REALLY…JUST PICKING THE MIND OF THE MAN BEHIND ONE OF THE COOLEST FILMS TO COME ALONG EVER…THE FILM “THE WRECKING CREW”) by ED HUERTA

EH:  I lied.  I didn’t have a face to face sit down with the man. I didn’t do this interview mano a mano with him.  We never even had dinner together, but in fact, I did do this interview via one of Thomas Edison’s inventions, (look for the movie starring Don Ameche…like my late father used to say about me,“ He spends more time on the phone than Don Ameche!”) (the phone, with the man).

The man, meaning Denny Tedesco, filmmaker and son of the late Tommy Tedesco, jazz guitarist and member of The Wrecking Crew group that was responsible for nearly every hit song and many non-hits through most of the 1960’s and early 1970’s that came out of the west coast.

wreckingcrew.tommytedescoTommy Tedesco

Tommy’s guitar playing can be heard in numerous television theme songs and many, many motion picture soundtracks.  The man was sitting in the guitar chair for a good decade.

I first learned of The Wrecking Crew many years back when I started delving into music producers such as Phil Spector and Brian Wilson.  These musicians helped usher in the Golden Age of Music.  They were responsible for hundreds of songs that somehow transport us to a different time and exclusive, individual memories.

wreckingcrew.spectorherodateThe Wrecking Crew – Phil Spector’s Hero Date

For example, the magical sounds of the opening drum hits in The Ronettes “Be My Baby” or the wonderful space of music, just before the last vocal segue of Sonny and Cher’s, “I Got You Babe”.  The pure pop that drove Gary Lewis’ “This Diamond Ring” to the top of the charts.  I still believe that song inspired a teen Bruce Springsteen to later record his Spectoresque production of the classic “Born to Run” album.

The Monkees, Jan and Dean, Ricky Nelson, The freaking Turtles, people, or anything on Pet Sounds.  This stuff was thee stuff!!!  If you ever picked up an instrument or played in a band, then you have The Wrecking Crew to thank because I know you must have played one of the songs they played on or ripped off a lick or two from one of those said songs.

The Wrecking Crew was music’s version of the New York Yankees, especially the 1927 Yankees featuring The Murderer’s Row.  They are the Los Angeles Lakers, the Boston Celtics, the Green Bay Packers: the dynasty of music and musicians.  So what I am trying to say in this introduction is, that they meant a lot of things to music lovers and musicians and it was quite an honor to get to meet Mr. Tedesco at the screening of the film in Orange County and to get to meet Mr. Hal Blaine, the “DRUM GOD”.  It was one of the most special evenings of my life and it was like being at Disneyland and getting to meet Walt Disney.

wreckingcrew.brianwilsonhalblaineBrian Wilson & Hal Blaine

Case in point, we were seated in the cinema, my wife and I, perusing the brochure that we were handed upon entrance to the movie, when a nicely dressed gentleman introduced himself as Denny Tedesco, the maker of the film we were about to view.  I recognized him immediately, only because I saw his picture in the program just seconds earlier.  Denny didn’t have to do this.  It was truly a nice gesture that he went out of his way to greet people.  I was thinking and mentioned it to my wife, that he probably recognized me from my many appearances on the old Steve Allen Show.

Yeah, she didn’t think that was too funny either…but I do want to thank Paula and Steve Soest for reminding me of the screening and for arranging this wonderful event and the star treatment they gave my wife and I.  I just want to add that Denny did not hesitate when Jack from Jackaboutguitars.com approached him about doing an interview for the Jackaboutguitars.com website.

Thanks again Denny Tedesco…and if you haven’t seen this movie, go out and see it and help support the cause with a donation to Kickstarter.  I, for one, cannot wait for the soundtrack and DVD of this

Peter Quast

Jack, this is awesome! Can’t wait to see the whole film. Even as a musician myself, I never gave much thought to the sounds behind the bands. This is an eye opener! Awsome job and article!
Peter

Jack

Thanks Peter. You’re going to love the movie. It’s just amazing what these guys did and just how good they were combined with the fact that very few people even knew about them. And the hits!!! Be sure to listen to the soundtrack when you see the movie. It’ll blow your mind…

Jack

Hi Steve. You are very welcome. Thanks so much for your comment. It’s nice comments like yours that help me to continue on with the site. If you like the site, please tell your friends and sign up for the free infrequent newsletters that I send out up in the corner at the Les Paul. Take care. Best, Jack

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