You may not know of them by name; and you certainly be forgiven if you’re not even familiar with their faces. But their sound literally gives them away.

They will forever live in history as ‘The Wrecking Crew’; a handful of LA-based studio session musicians who literally provided the soundtrack for a generation.

The Mamas and the Papas; Sonny and Cher, Jan & Dean and Frank Sinatra were among the dozens of artists they backed on scores of top-selling pop and rock hit records throughout the sixties and seventies; in addition to being credited with creating Phil Spector’s legendary ‘Wall of Sound’.

Prominent among the Wrecking Crew’ – a nickname given to them by older musicians who were critical of the rock and roll movement and their involvement in it – was guitarist Tommy Tedesco, credited as the “most recorded guitarist in history”.

The list of artists he alone backed includes everyone from the Beach Boys to Barbra Streisand and his guitar work is particularly notable for films such as ‘The Godfather’ and ‘Jaws’ and television theme credits that include ‘Bonanza’, ‘Green Acres’,  ‘M*A*S*H’ and ‘Batman’.

His son Denny Tedesco paid homage to the largely unaccredited work of his late father and fellow colleagues with the 2008 Documentary film, ‘The Wrecking Crew’. Though an often arduous task to complete; the final product serves as an absolute labor of love. Obviously aware of his father’s work as a child, it wasn’t until years later that he truly realized his father’s subsequent fame.

“I knew my father was a guitar player for a living as long as I remember,” he tells me, “but it didn’t mean anything to me.

That’s all I knew.

It wasn’t until much later in High School did I realize he was famous among musicians and it wasn’t until I was an adult did I realize the impact that he and the other session players had on the music industry.”

As a constantly in-demand studio musician, the Wrecking Crew would often attend several recording sessions scheduled per day; all the while being largely unaware of when; and where their completed work would eventually appear.

“Sounds weird but when he started doing seminars in the 70s and 80s; that’s when he had to think about it,” says Denny of his father’s vast body of work.

“Then he started pulling music together for the seminars but there were times he had no idea.”

“I knew my father was a guitar player for a living as long as I remember,” he tells me, “but it didn’t mean anything to me.

Interestingly enough, Tommy Tedesco’s work could be a standout performance in a Grammy Award-winning song that he, as the accompanist would have little, or no knowledge of.

When “Up, Up and Away’ won a Grammy, composer Jimmy Webb gave the guys a nice little Grammy Charm and he asked what it was for. Jimmy replied, “It’s for that recording that we did last year for the 5th Dimension – it won a Grammy.”

When you hear it you can totally hear his iconic classical guitar but dad didn’t listen to music when he wasn’t working. Radio was off unless it was a football or baseball game.”

‘The Wrecking Crew’ won over a dozen awards in 2008 and 2009 but could never be released until 2015 due to the exorbitant cost of the licensing of 110 songs within the film. Despite those obstacles, there was never a doubt in the younger Tedesco’s mind that the film would be released commercially.

“Once I saw it with an audience that wasn’t in Los Angeles and biased; I knew we had something special,” he says. “I just had to be patient and figure out ways of raising over $500,000 for the licensing and finishing of the film”.

So exactly how many times has the filmmaker seen his finished product?

“People ask if I’m tired of watching it. I don’t watch the film, I’m watching the audience. I heard a story from someone that saw the film in Hamilton, Ontario when it opened. When the credits rolled, no one left the theater and at the end people stood up and applauded.

“That brought tears to me.”

To say it’s a hit that resonates with music lovers is an understatement. “We’re at 94% Rotten Tomatoes, 5 Stars on Netflix and killer Amazon ratings as well,” he adds. “The music is the first key; 50% of the film is the music. You might not know the musicians at the beginning of the film but you know the songs. Then once they got to know the musicians themselves that was the key.

“We’re at 94% Rotten Tomatoes, 5 Stars on Netflix and killer Amazon ratings as well,” he adds.

It’s not the greatest looking documentary in terms of being slick but in the end the message wins over every time and I’m grateful that most of the musicians got to see the finished film.

I always knew my father would never see it, but know he never left me. My mother recently passed in January and is in the film. But if it wasn’t for her, the film could never be made. She never gave up on me. Every time she would go to a screening she would cry every time when the credits rolled.

In many ways, if it wasn’t for her tenacity and stubbornness there wouldn’t be a Tommy Tedesco career. She pushed for them to stick it out in the early days.

“I miss them both.”

This is a film that is worth grabbing on DVD. There are six hours of bonus footage including artists like Richard Carpenter, Bill Medley, Petula Clarke and countless others.

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As a longtime radio DJ and music lover myself, ‘The Wrecking Crew’ serves as an outstanding tribute to those who provided the soundtrack of our lives.