by Dan Bloom, producer
The 1960s were fantastic years for music and culture. The birth of Rock n Roll ushered in new styles of music, hip new dances and brilliant pop stars, but the dirty little secret of this musical era is a disconnect, still largely uknown, between the faces on album covers and the musicians who actually played the music. Largely without credit, a nebulous group of studio musicians called ‘The Wrecking Crew’ played on a staggering number of legendary songs during the 1960s and 70s. The crew played on well known recordings by Elvis, Frank Sinatra, The Ronettes, The Beach Boys, Sonny & Cher, The Monkees, the list goes on.
Among others, Hal Blaine, Carol Kaye, Larry Knechtel, Joe Osborn, Glen Campbell, Tommy Tedesco and Leon Russell were a part of the unofficial ‘Wrecking Crew,’ and though paid a healthy union wage, these musicians were largely uncredited for their premier performances. Author Kent Hartman is out to change that with his book The Wrecking Crew. Putting this piece together was a real pleasure, and music devotees will surely wear a smile after hearing it.
Trailer for Denny Tedesco’s 2008 documentary ‘The Wrecking Crew’