(Rochester, NY) August 14, 2013 – The Wrecking Crew's contribution to the last century’s music culture can hardly be overstated. Their sound is in an enormous array of famous songs, despite their relative anonymity.
This documentary finally brings their contribution and expertise to light.
Screenings are on Friday, August 16 at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. and Saturday, August 17 at 3 p.m. in Theatre 1. Tickets cost $12.
After each show, director Denny Tedesco will lead a talkback for audience questions and comments. After the Friday 7 p.m. show, Gary Lewis from Gary Lewis and the Playboys will join him.
“The Wrecking Crew (was) a group of studio musicians in Los Angeles in the ‘60s who played on hits for the Beach Boys, Frank Sinatra, Nancy Sinatra, Sonny and Cher, Jan & Dean, The Monkees, Gary Lewis and the Playboys, Mamas and Papas, Tijuana Brass, Ricky Nelson, Johnny Rivers and were Phil Spector's Wall of Sound. The amount of work that they were involved in was tremendous.
They were also involved in groups that I like to call, the Milli Vanillis of the day. A producer would get the guys in and lay down some instrumental tracks. If it became a hit, they would record an album and put a group together to go on the road. This happened many times with groups like the Marketts, Routers, and T-Bones. The next day they would do the same thing and call it another name. Same musicians, but different group name.
At the time the record industry was primarily in New York, London and Detroit in the late ‘50s and early ‘60s. Then there was a surge towards the mid-‘60s that pushed the recording to the West Coast. So these musicians were recording around the clock for a good 8 years.”
- From an interview with director Denny Tedesco, gleaned from the film website, http://wreckingcrew.tv/index2.html.
About the Little Theatre Film Society:
The Little Theatre opened in 1929 and established not-for-profit status in 1998. The non-profit screens more than 100 American independent and foreign films for the greater Rochester community each year. It also hosts a varied slate of art shows, film festivals, series and music throughout the year. The Little provides filmmakers, local musicians and fine artists a professional space to share their visions with a diverse audience and discuss their work through educational talkbacks. www.thelittle.org