November 8, 2012 at 2:05 pm #7405
Last night I finally got to see a film I’ve been meaning to see for years. It’s not in general release but has been shown all over the world and won many awards.
It’s a film about a loose coalition of 20 to 30 session musicians that were responsible for hundreds of hit records recorded in L.A. between the late 50s to early 70s. From Frank Sinatra to the Beach Boys to Phil Spector’s “Wall Of Sound” these guys (and one notable woman) were magic. The film was particularly poignant for me as I played with just about all of those players during my days of session work from 1962 through 1978. I was never in the “Crew” as their playing was far and away above my skills. Still it was an honor to have worked with them all those many years ago. Last night was another treat for me as Don Randi (monster piano player in the Crew) was at the film and I hadn’t seem him for years. Don and I go way back from producing an album of our band “Bigfoot”, to getting me my first big paying job in L.A. after I moved there.
If you are interested in the film go to http://wreckingcrew.tv/ and get on the mailing list to see it when it comes to your area. A real treat!November 8, 2012 at 4:14 pm #7414woodsdenisParticipant
Nice one, would love to see that.November 8, 2012 at 9:29 pm #7423Mark_PetrieParticipant
Wow, would love to see that!November 8, 2012 at 10:47 pm #7434
Hey Mark, next one here:
SAN BERNARDINO, CA
November 11, 2012 3:00PM
562 W. 4th St.
San Bernardino, CA 92401
Q&A with Hal Blaine, Don Randi and Director Denny Tedesco
Special Guest, Dean Torrence of Jan and Dean
Tickets: $20 General Admission
Buy Tickets Online
Email for VIP SeatingNovember 9, 2012 at 7:28 am #7441GaryWParticipant
I have been helping Denny promote the film on Facebook and Twitter and other social sites.
Here are the links to their Facebook and Twitter pages for those who want to follow with updates on screenings, and other Wrecking Crew things.November 9, 2012 at 12:02 pm #7449eucaParticipant
Can’t wait to see this!! Hey Art, the “Bigfoot” album cover is pretty trippy! Looks like some dirty feet on that cove also!! I’d love to hear it. Looks like it’s fetching some decent money in the used vinyl market.November 9, 2012 at 1:02 pm #7451
Hi euca, I don’t even know who owns the Bigfoot master now. I should just post it anyway as a number of people are interested in it. Bigfoot was the band that other musicians came to see. It was quite something but like most bands it just blew up and swore me off bands for good!November 9, 2012 at 4:21 pm #7456GaryWParticipant
Two upcoming screenings in the Pacific Northwest this month.
November 13, 2012 2:00PM, 8:30PM
PICKFORD FILM CENTER
1318 Bay Street
Bellingham, WA 98225
November 15, 2012 2:00PM, 7:30PM
1226 Meade Avenue
Prosser, WA 99350
For details and tickets go to: http://www.wreckingcrewfilm.com/upcoming.htmlNovember 10, 2012 at 4:03 am #7462Mark LewisParticipant
Tommy Tedesco was one of my instructors at the Guitar Institute of Technology back in the day (now Musician’s Institute). Learned a lot of cool tricks from him.
-MarkNovember 10, 2012 at 12:23 pm #7475LeonParticipant
@ Mark Lewis
Hey I went to GIT too!! I remember it was near Christmas and Tommy & Tim Bogart treated us to a surprise concert and Tommy dressed up like Santa Claus and started doing all these posses wile playing some hotroded strat ( those where popular back in the 80’s with the Floyd Rose and ALL that ) any how after seeing some of the film snippets on you tube I can attest that YES Tommy Tedesco was a great musician, a 100% grade A human being, a nutter of the highest order and that’s what made him so charming and loved and it’s so true , you can have all the talent and chops in the world but if you aren’t an easy hang you probably ain’t going to be getting too many gigs.