No one knows their names although everyone–everyone–has heard them play.
The Wrecking Crew were the for-hire studio players heard behind hits by everyone from Elvis Presley and Phil Spector to the Beach Boys and all four Beatles solo albums. We hear them on Simon and Garfunkel’s “Mrs. Robinson” and “Bridge Over Troubled Water.” It’s them on “Strangers in the Night” by Frank Sinatra. It’s even them on the Captain and Tennille’s “Love Will Keep Us Together.” And now there’s a documentary.
From the press release:
Director Denny Tedesco is the son of Tommy Tedesco, one of the main guitar players in the group. Following Tommy’s diagnosis with cancer in 1996, Denny rolled film on a reunion of his father and a few key players in the Wrecking Crew, providing him with the first glimpse of the immensity of the untold story. Tommy passed away in 1997 and Denny hasn’t stopped working on the film since. Following hundreds of hours of interviews with virtually every key player in the L.A. music scene in the 60’s and 70’s, the Wrecking Crew may be the most comprehensive music documentary ever made. It is certainly the most expensive if only from a rights clearance perspective; it features an unprecedented 110+ hit songs in the soundtrack!
The Wrecking Crew will be screening at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema from February 20th-March 1st; screenings on the first three days will feature post-screening Q&A’s with Denny. Tickets are now on sale (links below). There will also be a theatrical run at the VanCity Cinema in Vancouver as of February 20 and other locations are being added across the country. The U.S. opening will take place on March 13th.