Hollywood, CA (November 7, 2014)—Magnolia Pictures has acquired worldwide distribution rights to “The Wrecking Crew,” a documentary film directed by Denny Tedesco about the L.A. session musicians behind some of the biggest hit records of the 1960s and early ‘70s.
The uncredited and anonymous musicians of the Wrecking Crew were behind hits by the Beach Boys, Frank Sinatra, Nancy Sinatra, Sonny and Cher, Jan & Dean, The Monkees, the Righteous Brothers, Elvis Presley and numerous others, and were Phil Spector’s Wall of Sound. Many of the musicians went on to become major artists in their own right, including Glen Campbell, Dr. John and Leon Russell. Those interviewed in the film include Tommy Tedesco (father of filmmaker Denny), drummer Hal Blaine, bassist Carol Kaye and sax player Plas Johnson.
Tedesco began the project in 1996, working against time to capture the reminiscences of his father, who had been diagnosed with terminal cancer. It was completed in February 2008 and premiered at SXSW the following month. It played the North American film festival circuit for several years before Tedesco launched a Kickstarter campaign, which raised over $300,000 to cover the licensing fee for the more than 100 songs used in the film and final production costs.
“Music lovers will be astonished at the breadth of influence the Wrecking Crew wielded over rock and pop music from the ‘60s,” said Eamonn Bowles, president of Magnolia, in a statement. “Their story is key to understanding how some of the most important music of that time was created, and Denny Tedesco has made a fascinating and highly entertaining film that will be stuck in your head for a very long time.”
Magnolia Pictures is reportedly planning a theatrical release for the first quarter of 2015.
Danny Tedesco’s Wrecking Crew site