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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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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$56,858 (USA) (13 March 2015)

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$800,521 (USA) (17 July 2015)
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(Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)

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Trivia

Denny Tedesco originally planned for this to be a 30-minute filmed roundtable 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 »

Goofs

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

Quotes

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 Love Story (1970) See more »

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Danke Schön
Written by Milton Gabler, Bert Kaempfert, and Kurt Schwabach
Performed by Wayne Newton
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2 August 2015 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

First-rate documentary on the evolving group of Los Angeles session musicians self-dubbed The Wrecking Crew who, throughout the 1960s and early '70s, performed mostly without credit on many of the greatest songs in music history. Directed by Denny Tedesco, whose father Tommy was a guitarist in the Crew, this lively, lovely document of the music scene in southern California during rock and roll's heyday is alive with memories and awash in marvelous tunes. Candid interviews with Tommy Tedesco (before his passing), Glen Campbell and Leon Russell (both onetime members of the Crew), drummer Hal Blaine, saxophonist Plas Johnson, bassist Carol Kaye, keyboardist Don Randi, and artists such as Brian Wilson, Cher, Nancy Sinatra, Mickey Dolenz and Peter Tork, Herb Alpert and producer Lou Adler add to the rich experience. A highly entertaining way to get acquainted with these talented musicians, whose music one instantly recognizes yet whose names and faces have heretofore remained anonymous. ***1/2 from ****


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