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Interview with Director, Denny Tedesco
By Tommy Maranuchi, Jr.
What is the Wrecking Crew?

The Wrecking Crew were a group of Studio Musicians in Los Angeles in the 60s who played on hits for the "Beach Boys, Frank Sinatra, Nancy Sinatra, Sonny and Cher, Jan & Dean, The Monkees, Gary Lewis and the Playboys, Mamas and Papas, Tijuana Brass, Ricky Nelson, Johnny Rivers and were Phil Spector's Wall of Sound. The amount of work that they were involved in was tremendous.

They were also involved in groups that I like to call, The Milli Vanilli's of the day. A producer would get the guys in and lay down some instrumental tracks. If it became a hit, they would record an album and put a group together to go on the road. This happened many times with groups like the Marketts, Routers, and T-Bones. The next day they would do the same thing and call it another name. Same musicians, but different group Name.

At the time the record industry was primarily in New York, London and Detroit in the late 50's and early 60s. Then there was a surge towards the mid-60s that pushed the recording to the west Coast. So these musicians were recording around the clock for a good 8 years. It's hey day for this group was in 1967 when the charts turned to the west.
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The Story Continued...
Hal Blaine performed on over 35,000 recorded tracks in a quarter century's worth of work. He published his memoirs, Hal Blaine and the Wrecking Crew in 1990 and was inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame in 2000.
Tommy Tedesco recorded a number of solo jazz albums, gave clinics and lessons across the country, and published his autobiography Confessions of a Guitar Player in 1993, plus the recently reissued For Guitar Players Only. He passed away in 1997 at the age of 67. Glen Campbell has sold more than 45 million albums as a solo artist. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005, and continues to perform occasional live dates.
Best known for his saxophone expertise on The Pink Panther Theme, Plas Johnson continues to perform and to record solo albums.
Proprietor of the North Hollywood jazz club, The Baked Potato, Don Randi performs there regularly.
A biography of Earl Palmer was published in 1999, Backbeat: Earl Palmer's Story. He was inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame in 2000, and passed away in September 2008.
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