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

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

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

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Trivia

The Wrecking Crew got their name in the early 1960s because of their refusal to turn up to recording sessions in formal suits. Instead, they showed up in jeans and T-shirts, causing some in the business to say that they were "wrecking" the high standards of the industry. See more »

Goofs

A sequence showing an unseen hand flipping through a record bin containing albums on which the Wrecking Crew played. But one of the LP's is the Supremes' "Where Did Our Love Go?," whose backing was played by Motown's Detroit-based house band, the Funk Brothers, not the Wrecking Crew. 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 Bonanza (1959) See more »

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Memories
Written by Billy Strange & Mac Davis (as Scott Davis)
Performed by Elvis Presley
Courtesy of RCA Records Label
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
Courtesy of Elvis Presley Music, admin. by Imagem Music, Primary Wave, administrated by BMG Music Rights and Copyright Advisory
Dedicated by Derek Casari
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Fascinating Documentary with Unbelievable Soundtrack
17 September 2010 | by FilmRapSee all my reviews

If you are an aficionado of music between the 50s and late 80s early 90s you will find this a fascinating documentary. It is the story of studio musicians who did most of the playing for the recordings of some of the great groups of this time period. The film is lovingly put together by Denny Tedesco and includes a particular focus on Tommy Tedesco who is his father and who recently died after having participated in interviews for this film with many other of these great musicians. You probably did not know that just about all the music of Beach Boys was not recorded by them but was played for the records by the musicians affectionately self named " The Wrecking Crew " The film also features Carol Bass who is obviously a great guitar player and is only really known by people in the music business as these musicians did not get any recognition on the albums they recorded. They were financially well paid during this time and have no regrets for their anonymity. There are film clips from many recording sessions including one with Frank Sinatra. Apparently potential distributors have been skeptical that the producer would be able to get the rights to include all the great music that is in this film but he did it as people recognized the historic value of this documentary. The soundtrack is unbelievable and is a concert in to itself and will make a great CD.

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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

Gross USA:

$801,606

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$801,606
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(Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)

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Color
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