Yesterday I was perusing my facebook page and saw some guys talking about the Wrecking Crew documentary on HULU. We have been aware of their existence since it became common knowledge that the Monkees didn't play the instruments on their early songs. A large group of Hollywood's master musicians played those songs.
Phil Spector and the Ronettes
Also we noticed the large amount of musicians that created Phil Spector's "Wall of Sound", but never put it together that this large band was playing on everybody's records back in the 1960s.
Tommy Tedesco was the most-recorded guitarist in the history of the music business. His four-decade career earned him a reputation among his peers as one of the world's best musicians, and his contributions have been instrumental in shaping the sound of popular music.
The musicians lived to play and took so many jobsit was amazing that they got any sleep at all! Look at Tommy Tedesco's Discography on All Music and Movie Television soundtracks on IMDB. Just astounding the amount of work this original Guitar Hero contributed to American cuture! Mind lowing to be sure.
To create all of this amazing work and yet barely be known to the mainstream is about to rectified with this film The Wrecking Crew. I loved it so much I watched it 3 times in a row.
About: The Wrecking Crew was a loose collective of session musicians based in Los Angeles whose services were employed for thousands of studio recordings in the 1960s and early 1970s, including several hundred Top 40 hits.
The musicians were not publicly recognized in their era, but were viewed prestigiously by industry insiders. They are now considered one of the most successful and prolific session recording units in music history.
Most of the players associated with the Wrecking Crew had formal backgrounds in jazz or classical music. The group had no official name in their active years, and it remains a subject of contention whether or not they were referred to as "The Wrecking Crew" at the time.
Drummer Hal Blaine
Drummer Hal Blaine popularized the name in a 1990 memoir, attributing it to older musicians who felt that the group's embrace of rock and roll was going to "wreck" the music industry. READ MORE