It’s the same guys always. —Cher
‘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… It’s the closest thing to being there. It is a great pleasure to be a part of Denny Tedesco’s Wrecking Crew. —Hal Blaine
Music can be many things to many people. That is what makes it so fascinating as an art form. Its subtleties and nuances are not easily expressed in words yet are easily felt as an impact on the senses. This film tells the story of the unsung heroes of a musical era that can never be duplicated. If you’ve ever wondered who really played on most of your favorite records, you’re about to find out. —Dweezil Zappa
It seems like Denny Tedesco has been working to get the Wrecking Crew documentary to live audiences for years and year. Probably because he has — try 18 years. But at long last, this important film will see the light of day.
The son of one of the Wrecking Crew’s guitarists, Tommy Tedesco — and the movie’s director/producer — Denny announced plans for a limited release via Magnolia Pictures distributors sometime in March 2015, followed by DVDs.
The Wrecking Crew was a group of L.A. studio musicians cutting across all genres who provided the soundtrack for an entire generation growing up in the 1960s-‘70s. While most of us innocently tuned in and turned up the volume to our favorite songs by our favorite artists, this Wrecking Crew was doing all the work, and playing all the instruments — with no credit.
The Wrecking Crew was responsible for almost all of the hit-making music coming out of that period: Partridge Family, 5th Dimension, The Monkees, Sonny and Cher, The Beach Boys, The Carpenters, Mamas And Papas. The theme to Hawaii Five-0? Wrecking Crew.
The time to capture the sounds and recollections of the remaining Wrecking Crew members was quickly coming to an end. Tedesco himself launched the making of the documentary because his famous guitarist father was dying of cancer at the time. In order to properly document that time, Denny interviewed countless musicians, including Wrecking Crew member Glen Campbell, Herb Alpert, Roger McGuinn, Micky Dolenz, producers, and engineers for the back story.
The film was actually done and ready to go, making the festival rounds in 2008, and receiving high praise, tons of awards. But the licensing fees for all those famous songs from the past didn’t help bring the film any closer to a wider audience. Basically, money. Thanks to Kickstarter and Magnolia Pictures, everyone will know just what the Wrecking Crew did and what it meant to music.