The Wrecking Crew is a dream come true for viewers who love documentaries and classic rock. Filled with archived footage, classic rock, and interviews with living legends, The Wrecking Crew explores a group of studio musicians from the 1960’s and 70’s who changed the way music was recorded and used in the entertainment industry. The name “The Wrecking Crew” comes from the fact that studio musicians from the previous eras felt these new musicians were coming in and “wrecking” the way things were done. Armed with cigarettes and blue jeans, Tony Tedesco became one of the most famous of these musicians. In a film that is part history piece and part a piece of a loving son honoring his dad, The Wrecking Crew reminds viewers and music fans that those famous bass lines and classic chords weren’t always created by the person who ended up with their name the biggest on the album cover.
Carol Kaye’s story is one of the coolest parts of the film. For several minutes in the film, Kaye gets a chance to tell of her experiences as a bassist in the 1960’s and 70’s. Kaye is responsible for working music sessions on many tv shows and films. Here are just a few of her credits:
Mission Impossible, M*A*S*H, Ironside, Kojak, Hawaii 5-O, McCloud, Addams Family, Green Acres, 1st Cosby, Room 222, Streets Of San Francisco, Brady Bunch, Survivors, Storefront Lawyers, Run For Your Life, Night Hunter, Hogan’s Heroes, Alice, Fade-In, Alias Smith & Jones, The Dating Game (Whipped Cream theme), Have Gun Will Travel, Cannon, Mannix, Paper Chase, Lost In Space, Love Boat, Peyton Place, FBI, It Takes A Thief, Get Smart, Love American Style, Marcus Welby, The Lucy Show, Mannix, Bonanza, Wild Wild West, Adam-12, Stalag 17, Barnaby Jones, Dial Hot, Soap, Wonder Woman.
If that’s not enough, she also helped with the music of The Beach Boys, Sam Cooke, The Platters and The Everly Brothers. After hearing her talk in the film, it is hard to ignore the importance of her in the music of the television era and in the 1960’s and 70’s.
I found watching this film that I knew far less about the music industry and how it works than previously thought. The Wrecking Crew is informative, fun, celebratory and personal. This film is a must watch for the music lovers among us.
The Wrecking Crew is now available on VOD and in select theaters.