About four years ago I read about a film that sounded right up my street, a film about the band of session musicians who played on hundreds of the best records that came out of the West Coast of America on the 1960 and 1970s. They were called the Wrecking Crew and rather appropriately that’s the name of the film.
It’s all the work of a guy named Denny Tedesco who started filming interviews with members of the Wrecking Crew – names like Hal Blaine, the greatest drummer in the history of pop music, Leon Russell, Larry Knechtel and Denny’s father, guitar player Tommy Tedesco. The guitar theme to ‘Bonanza’? That’s Tommy Tedesco.
The film has only played in this country twice before: at a film festival in Leeds in 2008 and last Saturday at a special VIP screening at BAFTA on Piccadilly. Heartbreakingly I couldn’t go and would you believe Jeff Beck and Big Jim Sullivan showed up – but there’s a second open-to-all showing on Friday at the Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club. The movie’s at 9pm followed by a Q&A which I will be leading, followed in turn by some all-night dancing for the young folks.
I have yet to see the film of course…