THE “WRECKING CREW” COMES TO MBLV16
by Michael Buonaccorso
The 2012 Mobile Beat DJ Show and Conference is excited to announce an exclusive showing of the award-winning documentary “The Wrecking Crew”. This film is the story of the Los Angeles session musicians in the 1960s who helped create so much of the classic music of that period,many titles that continue to be part of today’s mobile DJ repertoire.
The Wrecking Crew played on hits for the Beach Boys, Elvis, The Byrds, Frank Sinatra, Nancy Sinatra, Sonny and Cher, Jan & Dean, The Monkees, Gary Lewis and the Playboys, The Mamas and The 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 were “The Milli Vanilli’s” 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.
Renowned musicians who have seen the documentary have raved. “’The Wrecking Crew’ is the best documentary yet about the recording scene,” said Steve Miller. “I loved it.” Elvis Costello said it’s “a wonderful, touching and… hilarious film about the unsung stars of so many records that you carry in your heart.”
The American Federation of Musicians says the film may one of the largest soundtracks of any film in history,and as a result, the cost of licensing the music for the film is estimated at more than $300,000. According to Producer and director Denny Tedesco, “The cost of licensing the music is the only reason the film has not been released, but quitting was never an option. So the next mission was to raise the final funds to help pay for the licensing.” Tedesco came up with a unique solution: make “The Wrecking Crew” a non-profit, raising funds through private showings.
All MB show attendees are welcome to watch the film of this legendary group of musicians, forever known as “The Wrecking Crew” on Wednesday night, February 8, at 7PM.
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