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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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Denny Tedesco
1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Denny Tedesco Denny Tedesco ... Narrator (voice)
Brian Wilson ... Himself
Dick Clark ... Himself
Cher ... Herself
Herb Alpert ... Himself
Glen Campbell ... Himself
Nancy Sinatra ... Herself
Micky Dolenz ... Himself
Jimmy Webb ... Himself
Carol Kaye Carol Kaye ... Herself
Bones Howe Bones Howe ... Himself
Al Casey Al Casey ... Himself
Earl Palmer Earl Palmer ... Himself
Hal Blaine ... Himself
Tommy Tedesco Tommy Tedesco ... Himself
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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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Documentary | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 March 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Wrecking Crew See more »

Filming Locations:

Palm Springs, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$56,858, 15 March 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$800,521, 19 July 2015
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Lunch Box Entertainment See more »
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Runtime:

(Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)

Color:

Color
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Trivia

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 »

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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Connections

Features Beach Blanket Bingo (1965) See more »

Soundtracks

Cannonball
Written by Duane Eddy and Lee Hazlewood
Performed by Hal Blaine
Courtesy of Geffen Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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"The Wrecking Crew" is Well Played
28 March 2015 | by texsheltersSee all my reviews

If you have ever heard "Happy Together" by the Turtles, The Byrds "Mr. Tambourine Man", "Day Dream Believer" song by the Monkees, or "Close to You" by the Carpenters, you have heard the group of studio musicians called "The Wrecking Crew." They were regular contributors to hit songs in Los Angeles from about 1958 to 1965. The composition of the Crew varied, but if you lived in Los Angeles and needed bass, drums, guitar, horns or other instruments for your recording, you called on the in The Wrecking Crew.

According to the film, the musicians got the name "Wrecking Crew" from jazz musicians who felt they were "wrecking" music with their rock and pop stylings. Whatever they case, this group of musicians were called if you wanted to record a hit song.

The film features interviews with the players, old footage of them performing together and interviews with musical luminaries such as Cher and Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys. Wilson used The Crew for most of the backing tracks on the seminal album, "Pet Sounds." The crew could read musical scales, take direction, and write parts for the songs if needed. They were flexible and served the client first even if they talked about them behind their back after the session and on camera during the film. And as the film implies, the Crew was responsible for more than one song becoming a hit.

The footage and interviews in the film proves how important these musicians were to popular music of the late 50s and early 60s. In the 60s, bands such as the Beatles, Rolling Stones, The Doors, and so forth, left the Wrecking Crew with fewer jobs, for they had the talent to play their own instruments. Some of the musicians from the Crew, notably father of the director, guitarist Tommy Tedesco, got jobs playing for film soundtracks other records after the studio jobs dried up. Other members went on to record their own records, some even becoming big stars on their own such as Leon Russell and Glen Campbell. Yes, those stars were part of the Crew.

The film shares a unique time of music and a unique set of musicians with us. Watching the film gives us a view of the inner workings of one of the greatest groups of studio musicians in the history of popular music. And it entertains us all the way.

The set and filming is nothing scream and shout about, but the music leaves us with Good Vibrations.

Rating: Pay Full Price.

People who play or like music will enjoy by this film.

Peace, Tex Shelters


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