Call them The Wrecking Crew, call them the Clique, but just make sure you call them if you need a posse of top-notch musicians to play on your hit records. Denny Tedesco, the son of the late-great Tommy Tedesco (the most recorded guitarist in history), has made a documentary called The Wrecking Crew, a wonderful tribute to his dad and his co-workers that played for everyone and everything from The Beach Boys, Jan & Dean, Phil Spector, Frank Sinatra, The Monkees, Bonanza, Jaws, MASH, and on and on and on. They even played on some of Motown stuff, but not that many people know about that. If it was made on the West Coast, they probably played on it, and most of the sessions took place at Capitol or Gold Star. I won’t go into any more hype about the people behind the Wrecking Crew, that’s what THE ARTICLE is for, but I will thank Denny for talking to me about his dad and hooking me up with some of the film’s stars. I was honored to talk to the Rhinestone Cowboy, Glen Campbell, and Plas Johnson (it’s HIS sax on “Pink Panther,” and HIS piccolo on “Rockin’ Robin”), Bill Pitman (”Good Vibrations” anyone?), Hal Blaine (the Elvis “Comeback Special” and “A Little Less Conversation”), and Carol Kaye (Her Fender Bass is all over Pet Sounds). They were all very generous with their time, and gave me more gems than I could ever fit into one article.I’m posting the article for portfolio reasons, please read it, but also go to MusicConnection.Com to read the whole magazine, or to order back issues.wrecking-crew-title.jpg
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