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 (nine years ago) Permalink

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

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

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

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

What, no "Bernadette"?

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

Too soon, myself!

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

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

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

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

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

two months pass...

RIP Jerry Cole

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

one 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 (seven 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 (seven years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

RIP Billy Strange

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

Billy Strange RIP

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

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


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

one 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 (five years ago) Permalink

one 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 (five years ago) Permalink

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

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 23 May 2012 15:13 (five years ago) Permalink

seven 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 (four years 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 (four years ago) Permalink

ten 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 (three years ago) Permalink

six months pass...


That's How Strong My Dub Is (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 7 June 2014 17:18 (three years ago) Permalink

3 Oklahoma screenings coming up

curmudgeon, Saturday, 7 June 2014 18:11 (three years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 11 July 2014 04:35 (three years ago) Permalink

seven months pass...

interview with Denny Tedeco. The Wrecking Crew, a heartfelt, engrossing documentary 19 years in the making, which finally sees theatrical release in New York and Los Angeles on March 13.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 5 March 2015 19:28 (two years ago) Permalink

Hoping for a showing in my hood

curmudgeon, Friday, 6 March 2015 15:44 (two years ago) Permalink

Wow, finally.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 6 March 2015 15:50 (two years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Nice flick, very enjoyable. Had no idea Tommy Tedesco was so funny. A lot of these musicians I had never heard speak at all, so that alone was cool. Love the parts where the musician plays along to the original record, like Joe Osborn doing his slick bass part from 5th Dimension's "Aquarius." Carol Kaye seemed to be getting along fine with Hal Blaine - I had thought there was some bad feeling between them - maybe that was subsequently?

It is a little weird seeing talking heads who are no longer alive, like Dick Clark.

This would go together really well as a double-bill with Rachel Lichtman's documentary about Boyce & Hart called The Guys Who Wrote 'Em, which by comparison is more visually unconventional, and which apparently has not yet had a proper release.

Josefa, Wednesday, 25 March 2015 17:30 (two years ago) Permalink

Carol Kaye seemed to be getting along fine with Hal Blaine - I had thought there was some bad feeling between them - maybe that was subsequently?

I think she's ticked at him for coming up with the Wrecking Crew name, and disputes that they were ever called that:

MESSAGE: "I'm always deeply devoted since the 1970s to the cause of studio musicians being recognized for the talent and full scope of their depth in helping to create the 1960s-70s hit records and movie/TV show soundtracks. The Denny Tedesco-Hal Blaine "wrecking" film-doc doesn't tell the real story as he said it would, it's skewered, re-edited. We were never known as the Hal Blaine-invented 1990 self-promo "wrecking crew" term - like Leon Russell, Al Kooper others say, that's pure baloney. The 50-60 of us (out of 400+ hard-working recording musicians) were sometimes called the CLIQUE and most were successful jazz musicians with fine reputations before ever doing studio work.

Kent Hartman obtained my interview under fraud pretenses. His phony "wrecking" book re-invents history, please don't buy it. My book will be out this year, Carol K.

I support the Howard Roberts Tribute Documentary which has many of our Studio Musicians in it.

(tbh, I take much of what she says with a grain of salt; she spent decades claiming she, and not James Jamerson, played on "I Was Made To Love Her," "Bernadette," "I Can't Help Myself," "Dancing In The Streets," and other Motown hits.)

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Wednesday, 25 March 2015 17:41 (two years ago) Permalink

I thought there was also something about her downplaying Hal Blaine's actual work, and/or the extent of it, compared with that of Earl Palmer

Josefa, Wednesday, 25 March 2015 17:51 (two years ago) Permalink

She has a pretty distinctive sound, I reckon. Should be pretty easy to spot her.

austinato (Austin), Wednesday, 25 March 2015 20:22 (two years ago) Permalink

Seen some mixed reviews of the film, but am gonna try to see it anyway this week

curmudgeon, Monday, 30 March 2015 15:52 (two years ago) Permalink

BTW y'all there was a virtual and unofficial 4CD box set put together to promo this a while ago. It's a really really great listen. Last time I checked there was still a working link for it on Wi11@rd's W0rmh0le5.

demonic mnevice (Jon Lewis), Monday, 30 March 2015 15:56 (two years ago) Permalink

Noticed the sign for this outside the IFC Center but have yet to see.

Big Iron Shirt Wearer (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 31 March 2015 04:00 (two years ago) Permalink

IFC is showing it in their tiny screening-sized room, just fyi

Josefa, Tuesday, 31 March 2015 14:27 (two years ago) Permalink

four months pass...

Recently showed up on Netflix. Streaming now. So far thing was happiest to learn more about Plas Johnson.

Exile's Return To Sender (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 29 August 2015 14:15 (one year ago) Permalink

Mickey Dolenz is very funny.
Herb Alpert looks like Merle Haggard.
Bones Howe is a Nabokov fan.

Exile's Return To Sender (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 29 August 2015 15:52 (one year ago) Permalink

excellent movie! first half hour, 45 minutes or so is like.. some of the most exciting music doc stuff i've ever seen.

how comes Hal ended up as a security guard after being a multi millionaire?? there's.. more to that story surely?

piscesx, Wednesday, 2 September 2015 01:12 (one year ago) Permalink

I still need to see this

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 2 September 2015 16:14 (one year ago) Permalink

there are moments in that doc that actually give me chills. my kinda history.

scott seward, Wednesday, 2 September 2015 17:14 (one year ago) Permalink

After months of licensing, the compilation soundtrack is now available.

On September 14th, Pianist Don Randi is releasing his autobiography, "You've Heard These Hands".

curmudgeon, Thursday, 3 September 2015 04:34 (one year ago) Permalink

After months of licensing, the compilation soundtrack is now available

Two years after we've all downloaded it

Josefa, Thursday, 3 September 2015 05:19 (one year ago) Permalink

This is good, although I find something slightly depressing about it -- the whole non-stop well-oiled machine aspect of it. I'm actually struck by how little of the music is really among my favorite stuff, other than maybe the Beach Boys material. I also am reminded that I always found Hal Blaine a bit boring as a drummer, though excellent, although I love Earl Palmer.

on entre O.K. on sort K.O. (man alive), Sunday, 6 September 2015 02:48 (one year ago) Permalink

I've never really loved Phil Spector girl group music for example -- I enjoy it but it's just not what excites me.

on entre O.K. on sort K.O. (man alive), Sunday, 6 September 2015 02:51 (one year ago) Permalink

I don't mean to be rockist about it, but I think there is a lot to be said for the diversity of sounds that comes from bands playing their own music.

on entre O.K. on sort K.O. (man alive), Sunday, 6 September 2015 02:54 (one year ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Wrecking Crew FB page (is it run by Tommy Tedesci's son Denny?) posts new stuff everyday, a lot of it pretty generic built every once in a while something kind of interesting. For instance today I learned about recording engineer Hank Cicalo who was previously unknown to me.e

Guidonian Handsworth Revolution (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 25 June 2017 19:20 (one month ago) Permalink

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