The Wrecking Crew Rock Marathon Show – Resources

Wednesday, April 10 I  present a special program for the WTJU Rock Marathon. For three hours, from 6-9 AM, I’ll feature music recorded by the collection of LA studio musicians known as the Clique — and much later as the Wrecking Crew.

It will be a fun show and one that I hope will raise a lot of money for the station (it is part of our spring fund drive, after all).

From Background to Foreground

The Wrecking Crew recorded thousands of tracks during their heyday (ca.1958-1975). But they were session musicians and were seldom credited on the records. So where did I go for information about the Wrecking Crew?

The best possible source is The Wrecking Crew,” a 2008 documentary by Denny Tedesco, son of guitarist Tommy Tedesco.

Sound Explosion!: Inside L.A.’s Studio Factory With the Wrecking Crew by Ken Sharp is a coffee table book that also has some good information.

The Wrecking Crew by Kent Hartman presents a good overview of the group.

Some members have written their own stories about the Crew.

Hal Blaine and the Wrecking Crew – Hal Blaine

Tommy Tedesco Anatomy of a Guitar Player – Tommy Tedesco

You’ve Heard These Hands: From the Wall of Sound to the Wrecking Crew and Other Incredible Stories by Don Randi

Rhinestone Cowboy: An Autobiography by Glen Campbell with Tom Carter

Backbeat: Earl Palmer’s Story by Tony Scherman

I hope you’ll tune in and listen — and pledge.

The Wrecking Crew
Wednesday, April 10, 2019 6-9am
WTJU 91.1 fm, wtju.net

For even more about the Crew’s star bassist, sure to listen to:

Ace of Bass: An Ode to Carol Kaye
Sunday, April 14, 2019 9am-noon
WTJU 91.1 fm, wtju.net

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