The long-awaited film about the greatest session band in history is finally here.
The Wrecking Crew was a great band — one of the best of all time. The legendary session players helped craft countless classic albums, including cuts by The Beach Boys, Marvin Gaye, Frank Sinatra, Sonny & Cher, The Righteous Brothers, The Byrds and many more. Glenn Campbell was once a member of their ranks, and when he became a solo recording artist, the Wrecking Crew backed him up on “Gentle on My Mind,” and a few others. They also played on his heart-wrenching Oscar-nominated song “I’m Not Gonna Miss You.”
On March 13, the film was finally released in theaters and VOD after years of waiting in movie purgatory. Director Denny Tedesco – the son of the legendary Tommy Tedesco, one of The Wrecking Crew’s ace players – began working on the film in 1996. It started as a tribute to his father, who was dying of cancer at the time. But when Denny began shopping the completed film to distributors in 2008, no one would buy it because the rights to the music used in the film cost a fortune. Everyone said they’d take a loss if they distributed the film.
Many suggested that Denny cut out a bunch of the songs, but he refused, saying it would take away from the full scope of the band’s impact on modern music. He raised roughly $325,000 on Kickstarter in late 2013 and is now finally releasing the film without cutting the songs.
I’m glad he didn’t. I’ve seen a lot of this movie, and you do need to see and hear how prolific the band was to appreciate how important they were.
If you’re a music fan, do yourself a favor and go see The Wrecking Crew, whether in theaters or on a streaming service where it’s available.