Denny Tedesco's The Wrecking Crew

Two years before ace guitarist (and former GP columnist) Tommy Tedesco passed away in 1997, his son Denny vowed to create a documentary film about his father and the other members of the legendary “Wrecking Crew”—a group of studio musicians in Los Angeles in the ’60s that played on television and film soundtracks and countless hits by artists such as the Beach Boys, the Byrds, Frank Sinatra, the 5th Dimension, the Monkees, Sonny and Cher, and the Tijuana Brass, as well as comprising Phil Spector’s Wall of Sound.
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“When my father was diagnosed with cancer in 1995, I knew if I didn’t record his memories, and those of the other players, all of that history would be lost forever,” explains Denny Tedesco. “Saxophonist Steve Douglas and bassist Ray Pohlman had already passed, so I filmed my father, drummer Hal Blaine, bassist Carol Kaye, and saxophonist Plas Johnson talking around a table. That was the start of what ultimately became The Wrecking Crew.”

Advance screenings of The Wrecking Crewhave taken place at the SXSW, Buffalo-Niagara, Nashville, Knock the Rock, Seattle, Rhode Island, Melbourne, Leeds, and other film festivals, receiving Audience Awards in Seattle and Buffalo, and the Impact of Music Award in Nashville. Upcoming screenings are scheduled for venues throughout the U.S. and Europe. (A trailer and additional information may be found at

“Most people will be able to identify the music,” says Tedesco. “But the film is much more than a music documentary—it’s about making a living as a musician. These guys and one woman, Carol Kaye, would have to nail the songs in a couple of takes. They would do three or four songs in a three-hour session, sitting together in the same room, and it had to sound as if they had been playing together for years. And, of course, there was no Pro Tools!”