THE WRECKING CREW is a documentary film produced and directed by Denny Tedesco, son of legendary late Wrecking Crew guitarist Tommy Tedesco. The film tells the story of the unsung musicians that provided the backbeat, the bottom and the swinging melody that drove many of the number one hits of the 1960’s. It didn’t matter if it was Nat “King” Cole, Frank Sinatra, Nancy Sinatra, The Monkees, The Byrds or The Beach Boys, these dedicated musicians brought the flair and musicianship that made the American “west coast sound” a dominant cultural force around the world. The film is a fun and moving tribute from Denny to his father and to the music, the times and to the secret star-making machine known only as “The Wrecking Crew."The movie is now available on iTunes and in select theaters.
Following is a note from director Denny Tedesco:
Growing up in the 60s, there was no way to miss hearing the sound of the Beach Boys. Not only did they influence the music of the day and the music business in Los Angeles, they also influenced music all over the world.
My father and guitarist, Tommy Tedesco was one of the lucky ones that worked with Brian and the boys. When Brian started using some of the session players on their albums, it allowed him to take his music in another direction. But he also knew that when he brought in Hal Blaine, Ray Pohlman, Don Randi, Carol Kaye, my Dad and many of the other players he would bring the best out of them and they always looked forward to those recording dates.
This Friday March 13th, the story of the session players who came to be known as “The Wrecking Crew" will finally be released. This film wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for the incredible support from Brian and the other artists in the film; Nancy Sinatra, Jimmy Webb, Herb Alpert, Cher, Roger McGuinn, Glen Campbell, Leon Russell as well as all the session players who were interviewed.
It’s also the fans of the music that have kept this film alive over the last 19 years and for that I am forever grateful. It shows how timeless the music still is today
Nothing can make a son more proud than hearing Brian Wilson talk about your father and his friends with such love and respect. I know it was mutual. The film will be released in theaters starting tomorrow around the United States.It will also be released on ITUNES and Video on Demand. Watch it with friends and have a great time!
For more information of additional screenings and The Wrecking Crew, go to: http://www.wreckingcrewfilm.com/