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The Wrecking Crew! (2008)

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A celebration of the musical work of a group of session musicians known as "The Wrecking Crew", a band that provided back-up instrumentals to such legendary recording artists as Frank Sinatra, The Beach Boys and Bing Crosby.

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A celebration of the musical work of a group of session musicians known as "The Wrecking Crew", a band that provided back-up instrumentals to such legendary recording artists as Frank Sinatra, The Beach Boys and Bing Crosby.

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There Was Only One Band Behind Them All

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Rated PG for language, thematic elements and smoking images | See all certifications »

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13 March 2015 (USA)  »

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$56,858 (USA) (15 March 2015)

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$800,521 (USA) (19 July 2015)
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(Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)

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Denny Tedesco originally planned for this to be a 30-minute filmed round table chat between some of the leading session musicians of the day. Instead he found he was confronted with such a wealth of material that the natural solution was to turn it into a feature film. He says he has 6-1/2 hours of additional material not in the film and is still filming interviews with survivors of the Wrecking Crew era. See more »

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A brief live clip of Jan and Dean performing "Surf City" is misattributed to the Beach Boys. See more »

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Hal Blaine: [last line of Movie] What do you call a trombone player with a beeper?
Hal Blaine: An optimist.
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References Dallas (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

Wichita Lineman
Written by Jimmy Webb
Performed by Glen Campbell
Courtesy of Capitol Records Nashville
Under License from EMI Film & Television Music
Dedicated by The Brentlingers
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Amazing And Long Overdue...
9 February 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Denny Tedesco has captured an era that will never be duplicated in musical history with personal insights and an unconditional love that only a child of music could accomplish.

I was fortunate enough to see it at a press screening at the NAMM convention 2011, this documentary deserves to be seen by everyone who's ever listened to the music of the 60's & 70's... go to the website and buy a shirt or something so they can finally pay the royalties and get cleared to release the DVD to the public!

The interviews and personal anecdotes bring out secrets and nuances that would've been lost to the world if not for this documentary, it will surely open the eyes of the general public about how the music industry and specifically the hit-making-machine works. These virtually unknown musicians were geniuses in their fields and contributed more to our culture than some of the "stars" they played behind!

For someone like me who's earliest recollections in life involved this music, watching this documentary was a deeply moving experience. A magical glimpse into a secret place where I was privy to the behind-the-scenes labors and commeraderie of greatness.

Amazing!!!


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