It’s been a crazy month since we all got back from the NAMM show. And not everyone around here thinks NAMM is such a great experience. But there’s one thing that was undeniable this year at the show – anyone who got to see the debut of The Wrecking Crew was grateful for it.
Denny Tedesco, in one of those labor of love projects that goes beyond what anyone could expect from an indie documentary, delivers up one of the best films ever made on music and music history in this salute to his father, legendary guitarist Tommy Tedesco, and the rest of the crew that singlehandedly defined the sound of the 50’s and 60’s.
Honest and poignant, funny and insightful, and often times just downright awe-inspiring, the real-life interviews with TommyTedesco, Hal Blaine, Carol Kaye, Earl Palmer, Plas Johnson, Glen Campbell, and Don Randi, as well as behind the scenes footage and personal stories bring this monumental story of the unsung heroes of popular music to life.
Collectively, the Wrecking Crew recorded hits for the Beach Boys, Frank Sinatra, Nancy Sinatra, Sonny and Cher, Jan & Dean, The Monkees, Gary Lewis and the Playboys, Mamas and Papas, Tijuana Brass, Ricky Nelson, Johnny Rivers and were Phil Spector’s Wall of Sound. The team also acted as the go to players for a long list of pop groups in the 60’s who most people thought played their own tracks. The incredible story of how this small group of gifted players built the sound of the 60’s riveted us to our seats and brought the room to its feet for a standing ovation.
It took Denny Tedesco 14 years to finish this film. And buried under the burden of the enormous licensing costs required to actually tell the story, he has mounted a huge fundraising drive to pay off the costs. Supporters can donate any amount to the production team, sponsor a chapter on the DVD, or host a fundraising screening in their communities.
You can get all the details at www.wreckingcrewfilm.com, including a sneak peak at some historical footage. Whatever you do, if you see this film anywhere near you, pay any price to get in to see it.
This is by far one of the best music documentaries ever made. Chances are if you’re a music enthusiast eventually this film will get in front of you. So spread the word.
Tedesco has done his dad proud.