The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum

Film Screening: The Wrecking Crew

Friday, March 4: 7 p.m.

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On Friday, March 4, 2011 at 7pm, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will host a special screening of the documentary The Wrecking Crew – a film that documents the Los Angeles studio musicians who played on countless pop hits during the 1960s.  This film screening is hosted in conjunction with Cuyahoga Community College’s Recording Arts Technology (RAT) program (


In the early to mid-1960s, artists such as the Beach Boys, Jan & Dean, Sonny & Cher, the Byrds, the Righteous Brothers, Nancy Sinatra, and the Fifth Dimension topped the pop charts with songs like “Up, Up and Away,” “Little Old Lady from Pasadena,” “Cherish,” “These Boots are Made for Walking,” and “Good Vibrations.”  They were the “Wall” in Phil Spector’s “Wall of Sound.”  It was known as the West Coast Sound, and the artists who sang these songs were household names, but the musicians who performed those hits were virtually unknown to the listening public – and remain so today.  This film is the story of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees Hal Blaine and Earl Palmer, Tommy Tedesco, Glen Campbell, Bill Strange, Carol Kaye, Larry Knechtel, and Joe Osborne – better known as “The Wrecking Crew.”

This film is an intimate, enlightening and often humorous remembrance of the real stories and emotions as told from the perspective of those who lived it.  The film is the result of a 12-year labor of love by Denny Tedesco, the son of Wrecking Crew guitarist Tommy Tedesco. 

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