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Film Review: The Wrecking Crew


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New York, NY – When you hear the term “wrecking crew” you think of demolitions.

Ask those however who were involved in the Los Angeles recording industry in the 1960s and early 1970s about “The Wrecking Crew,” and the odds are that you will get a response that borders on idolization about the studio musicians who played on the records of nearly everyone who was anyone on the pop charts who was from the USA.

Just exactly who was a member of the Wrecking Crew is debatable. Among the best known studio sessions who went onto have successful solo recording careers were Glen Campbell, Leon Russell, and Mac “Dr. John” Rebennack. The vast majority of the musicians such as drummers Earl Palmer, Hal Blaine, keyboardist Don Randi, bassist Carol Kaye, guitarists Al Casey, Bill Pitman and Tommy Tedesco were content to stay in the shadows collecting session recording checks while avoiding the wear and tear of travel that many of their colleagues had to endure.

Denny Tedesco, the son of Tommy Tedesco, whose rapid-finger Spanish guitar licks can be heard on many Gary Lewis & the Playboys hit records, has made a documentary about his dad and his colleagues that is naturally titled “The Wrecking Crew.”

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About Lloyd Carroll

Lloyd Carroll is the Senior Columnist for the Queens Chronicle, an award-winning weekly newspaper that has served the communities of Queens since 1978. This article as well as many future articles will also appear at Queens Chronicle. In addition, Lloyd also writes for our friends over at In today’s world of online publications, we at Latino Sports understand and value the importance of collaborating with other online publications in order to showcase and create awareness of each other’s work and dedication to our respectable communities.

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