In 1996 when Denny Tedesco learned that his father Tommy had been diagnosed with terminal cancer he began to document his dad's thoughts and memories about the practically unknown group of L.A. studio musicians Tommy had been an integral part of, now referred to as The Wrecking Crew. What began as a tribute to the life and work of Tommy and his unsung cohorts has turned into an almost 20-year battle to get this film released -- and that time has finally come!
The Wrecking Crew documentary is now officially released in theaters (as of 3/13/15) and on iTunes and On Demand; but besides the story of the blue collar, working musicians who created the indelible sounds behind Frank & Nancy Sinatra, The Beach Boys, Sonny & Cher, Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass, The Byrds, The Monkees, The Partridge Family...the list literally goes on and on...the story of Denny's fight, passion and determination to bring this story to the world is compelling in its own right.
We talk about both stories in this fascinating conversation that is a true study in how work ethic and pride in your craft can joyously result in timeless art - and that goes for the men (and woman) of The Wrecking Crew as well as for Denny himself.
If you love music at all - and have ever hummed along to "God Only Knows", "And The Beat Goes On", "Wichita Lineman", "Tijuana Taxi", "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'" and hundreds of other songs from the 60s and 70s, you MUST seek out this fantastic tribute to Tommy and the people who were (literally) instrumental in making the music we love.
See where it's screening near you, or learn more at wreckingcrewfilm.com