Documentary About The Wrecking Crew About To Show At SXSW And Other Fests

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Looks like it was made by Tommy Tedesco's son, maybe. I like how the "reviews" page is members of the Wrecking Crew saying "it's about time they made a movie about us." I wonder if it will be as big as Standing In The Shadows Of Motown?

James Redd and the Blecchs, Thursday, 6 March 2008 14:31 (6 years ago) Permalink

NYC Wrecking Crew movie FAP y/n.
Any hints when it's showing?

ian, Thursday, 6 March 2008 15:09 (6 years ago) Permalink

Ah, here's a list of songs these L.A. studio guys played on...

curmudgeon, Thursday, 6 March 2008 15:52 (6 years ago) Permalink

What, no "Bernadette"?

James Redd and the Blecchs, Thursday, 6 March 2008 15:56 (6 years ago) Permalink

Too soon, myself!

James Redd and the Blecchs, Thursday, 6 March 2008 15:56 (6 years ago) Permalink

Is it actually playing in NYC, ian? I can't figure that out from the website.

James Redd and the Blecchs, Thursday, 6 March 2008 15:57 (6 years ago) Permalink

Anybody seen the Dean Martin movie with this title from 1968 or so?

curmudgeon, Thursday, 6 March 2008 16:40 (6 years ago) Permalink

Matt Helm movie? I think I saw a few seconds of it out of the corner of my eye once while driving past the Whitestone Drive-In.

James Redd and the Blecchs, Thursday, 6 March 2008 16:47 (6 years ago) Permalink

That's a few more seconds than I saw. I think there's also a Brit film with this title.

Are remaining Wrecking Crew members gonna tour like the Motown Funk Brothers did? With Sinatra and the Ronettes on video, or some young vh1 baby boomer-friendly singer substituting!

curmudgeon, Friday, 7 March 2008 19:34 (6 years ago) Permalink

For some reason I don't think it is going to strike the same chord with the public.

James Redd and the Blecchs, Friday, 7 March 2008 19:51 (6 years ago) Permalink

Is it actually playing in NYC, ian? I can't figure that out from the website.

It's got to sooner or later, right? I figured you know, cuz you're onna dem film peoples.

ian, Friday, 7 March 2008 19:54 (6 years ago) Permalink

Did any of these folks have, uh, interesting experiences when working with Phil Spector?

curmudgeon, Friday, 7 March 2008 21:30 (6 years ago) Permalink

That song list has Turn Turn Turn listed. It goes against the party line that they only ever played on Tambourine Man.

Officer Pupp, Sunday, 9 March 2008 23:39 (6 years ago) Permalink

Howdy. My name's Jon and I am one of the producers of "The Wrecking Crew" film.

jonnyo, Friday, 21 March 2008 12:45 (6 years ago) Permalink

I am new to your forum, but was pleased to hear folks discussing The Wrecking Crew movie. It had 3 screenings at SxSW in Austin last week and was very well received. It is now on the film fest circuit, next one being Buffalo Niagara Film Festival 3/24-3/29. It's playing there because Niagara Falls is the hometown of Tommy Tedesco. Yes, his son, Denny, directed the film. The film will move on to the Nashville, TN., Film Fstival, where it has the honor of closing the event on April 24.

Officer Pupp is correct that The WC did not play on turn turn Turn (at least according to Roger McGuinn). We'll have to fix that on the song list.

To answer ian's query, we'd LOVE to show the film in NYC, but part of our process now is to get the film sold to a distributor so we can share it with the world. It's forums like this that will help get word of mouth going, and hopefully the film will get a limited thetrical release soon.

Responding to James Redd, if past screenings are any indication, the film has a good chance of resonating with an audience. There are some good Phil Spector stories in the film, as The Wall of Sound is covered extensively.

As to the question of The Wrecking Crew touring, there are no such plans, but you never know if the thing takes off. Some have passed away, some are involved in different endeavors, some are infirm.

If you were around in the 1980s, you may have seen the documentary short (28 min) we made about Tommy Tedesco and his legendary career. It played on some PBS stations. Tommy was an absolute monster guitar player and is quite possibly the most recorded guiarist in the history of the recording industry. He was a great guy, with a heart as big as his talent. He went out of his way to help other guitar players. He passed away in 1997, and we miss him very much.

Anyhow, I'll check back in when i can to follow up on any thoughts or questions ya'll may have. I hope you all get a chance to see the film, for it is an important cultural document and gives credit where credit is due.

jonnyo, Friday, 21 March 2008 13:05 (6 years ago) Permalink

2 months pass...

RIP Jerry Cole

James Redd and the Blecchs, Monday, 9 June 2008 18:46 (5 years ago) Permalink


Cole can be heard on the Beach Boys' 1966 album "Pet Sounds," the Byrds' "Mr. Tambourine Man" single and the band Them's self-titled 1965 album.

Plus on the Champs "Tequila".

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 10 June 2008 01:16 (5 years ago) Permalink

1 year passes...

Too bad you can't see all the cats in The T.A.M.I Show. Although you can see Hal Blaine a few times on his riser, Jimmy Bond (I think) on upright and Jack Nitzsche once very clearly.

King Creole Love Call (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 4 April 2010 23:41 (4 years ago) Permalink

Ah, haven't gotten the TAMI show dvd yet and only have vague memories of the bootleg I saw years ago.

curmudgeon, Sunday, 4 April 2010 23:56 (4 years ago) Permalink

1 year passes...

RIP Billy Strange

Literal Facepalms (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 23 February 2012 18:22 (2 years ago) Permalink

Although I was one of those who initially sneered at the Monkees, known then as the Prefab Four, cos they were like plastic and bogus man like didn't even play their own instruments--it eventually dawned on me that some or all of the same cats on their first album may have played on the Byrds debut as well. The TAMI Show seemed awesome when I first saw it on TV, not long after its 70s release (was there a 60s release, or did they leave it in the can that long?) The newbie-to-America Stones managed to follow althose titans, Jagger jittering through "I'm Alright"(bit of a question, but yeah you're alright kid)

dow, Thursday, 23 February 2012 19:44 (2 years ago) Permalink

Billy Strange RIP

curmudgeon, Thursday, 23 February 2012 20:09 (2 years ago) Permalink

Re: don's comments
didn't the Stones delay for hours so they wouldn't have to go on right after James Brown?

Can You Please POLL Out Your Window? (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 23 February 2012 21:58 (2 years ago) Permalink

tylerw, Tuesday, 28 February 2012 17:11 (2 years ago) Permalink


tylerw, Tuesday, 28 February 2012 17:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

Author Hartman is doing some March 2012 west coast appearances for the book I see:

Friday, March 2, 7:00 PM: Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA (with special guest Wrecking Crew guitarist Don Peake)

Saturday, March 3, 3:00 PM: Bookstar (Barnes & Noble), 12136 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA (with special guest Wrecking Crew keyboardist Michel Rubini)

Sunday, March 4, 2PM: Chaucer’s Bookstore, 3321 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA (with special guest Wrecking Crew producer Bones Howe)

Tuesday, March 6, 7:00 PM: Books Inc. (Opera Plaza location), 601 Van Ness, San Francisco, CA

Tuesday, March 13, 7:30 PM: Powell’s City of Books, 1005 West Burnside,Portland, OR (with special guest Wrecking Crew bassist/ukulelist Lyle Ritz)

Thursday, March 15, 7:00 PM: Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park, WA (Seattle Area)

Friday, March 16, 7:00 PM: Village Books, 1200 11th Street, Bellingham, WA

Thursday, March 22, 7:00 PM: University Bookstore, 4326 University Way NE, Seattle, W

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 28 February 2012 17:41 (2 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

Read a bunch of this last week, some good stories and photos, the guy obviously had access. Some misspellings of non-Wrecking Crew musicians's names and other infelicities.

MIke Love Battery (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 6 April 2012 15:50 (2 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

Just watched the documentary The Harmony Game mentioned on this thread this is a poll to decide which is the best track on bridge over troubled water by simon and garfunkel
which features interviews with Hal Blaine and Joe Osborn along with a photo of Larry Knechtel.

Ian Hunter Is Learning the Game (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 23 May 2012 00:08 (1 year ago) Permalink

So author Hartman is gonna try to turn the book into a movie

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 23 May 2012 15:13 (1 year ago) Permalink

7 months pass...

B-b-but there is already a movie.

Came to say RIP double bass player Jimmy Bond, who passed away last April unremarked by us.

Check it out, when he was coming up he went to Julliard and played with Monk and Bird.,%20Jimmy%20web.htm

And check out this awesome photo:

The Teardrop ILXplodes (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 15 January 2013 01:04 (1 year ago) Permalink

Think that is Ray Pohlman on electric bass behind Jimmy's newspaper.

The Teardrop ILXplodes (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 15 January 2013 01:32 (1 year ago) Permalink

10 months pass...

Just received this link, from Ben Greenman's good blog The film is currently only a little more than halfway toward its two-hundred-and-fifty-thousand-dollar goal, with a stated deadline of December 21st. But because the Internet has magical powers when it comes to content distribution, much of what Tedesco has created can already be viewed online. On the film’s official Web page, entering your e-mail address will give you access to dozens of outtakes from the film, including interviews with Leon Russell and Glen Campbell, and vignettes on everything from Phil Spector’s famed holiday album “A Christmas Gift For You” to Perry Botkin’s discovery of Harry Nilsson. This featurette, produced for the Nashville Film Festival, includes Tedesco’s summary of the film and content from it, including footage of his father.

dow, Wednesday, 4 December 2013 18:35 (4 months ago) Permalink

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