In the 1960s and ’70s, a group of elite studio musicians in Los Angeles played on countless hit songs without much in the way of formal credits or public notoriety. The group was known by some as “The Wrecking Crew” because they were so good at coming in and making hit songs for other artists that people actually feared it would wreck the burgeoning scene of young rock bands.
The Byrds’ Roger McGuinn recalls recording the instrumental parts to “Mr. Tambourine Man” entirely with members of The Wrecking Crew, which made David Crosby and the rest of the band pretty angry. You can’t argue with the results, though; The Wrecking Crew was responsible for some of the finest pop / rock music ever produced, including some of the best known work by The Beach Boys, The Mamas & The Papas, Simon & Garfunkel, Tijuana Brass, The Monkees, Frank Sinatra, Nancy Sinatra, Sonny & Cher, Phil Spector, The Ronettes, and more.
Denny Tedesco, son of Wrecking Crew guitar player Tommy Tedesco, finished this film in 2008, but due to issues with the cost of music licensing it still hasn’t been officially released 5 years later. Now, in what may be a last ditch effort, a Kickstarter campaign has been launched with a goal of raising $250,000 in order to properly release the film. The deadline to raise the money is December 21st, 2013. Due to Kickstarter rules, if the project doesn’t reach their goal, then the film won’t receive a penny of the money that’s been pledged.
Here are some of the notable albums The Wrecking Crew played on:
… and some of the rewards you can get for donating money to the film: