THE WRECKING CREW

Back in the 50's, a bunch of 'jazz' musos in Los Angeles decided that recording studio session work was a good option. Live band gigs weren't that great. They entered the recording studio market providing their expertise to anyone who needed it.

They noticed that they needed to get away from the 'jazz', so they expanded their versatility to what was needed, adding their own 'flavor' to anything. The music industry labeled them as 'destroyers of the business', (hence, The Wrecking Crew) as they didn't do the 'norm' by playing jazz or be-bop, however working for 'cash' and working with, and satisfying the clients became very lucrative.

It wasn't long before artists and producers demanded them for recordings. Artists started using the Wrecking Crew because the artists' own band wasn't up to it, or the artist didn't have any band.

Producers and artists loved their flexibility and knowledge.

These 'session players' became famous amongst the studios. Players like Hal Blain, Earl Palmer, Jim Gordon, Jim Keltner, Tommy Tedesco, James Burton, Scotty Moore, Glen Campbell, Carol Kaye, Chuck Berghofer, Leon Russell, Don Randi, Plas Johnson, Jim Horn, Tom Scott, and many string, wind, brass and other players. Producers, Phil Spector, Brian Wilson, Lee Hazelwood, Snuff Garrett, Lou Adler and others loved the session players.

Record companies started 'making acts up' to go with what was recorded by the session players. Milli Vanilli were only 40 years behind.

The Wrecking Crew have played on over 1500 'hits'. Here are some 30 second examples of some of those hits.

     Have a look at 'The Wrecking Crew' movie from Magnolia Pictures.                      Intro MOV MP4

 

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A Little Less Conversation

A Taste Of Honey  
Annie's Song
Aquarius (Let the Sunshine in)
Baby, I Love You  
Batman Theme
Be My Baby
Be True To Your School  
Beach Blanket Bingo  
Bonanza Theme
Bridge Over Troubled Water
By The Time I Get To Phoenix
California Girls
California Soul  
Can't Help Falling In Love
Close To You
Come On Get Happy  
Comin' In The Back Door  
Da Doo Ron Ron
Danke Schoen
Dead Man's Curve  
Dedicated To The One I Love  
Dizzy
Don't Pull Your Love
Don't Worry Baby
Drag City  
Drummer Man  
Eve Of Destruction
Everybody Loves A Clown  
Everybody Loves Somebody
Everybody's Talking
Fools Rush In
Fun Fun Fun
Gentle On My Mind
God Only Knows
Good Vibrations
Green Acres  
Guantanamera  
Gypsy's Tramps & Thieves
Hawaii Five O  
Help Me Rhonda
He's A Rebel  
I Got You Babe
I Think I Love You
Indian Reservation  
It Ain't Easy Being Green  
La Bamba
Let's Dance
Let's Go
Little Old Lady From Pasadena  
Love Will Keep Us Together
MacArthur Park  
Mary Mary  
Memories
Midnight Confessions
Mission Impossible
Monday, Monday
Mr. Tambourine Man
No Matter What Shape (Your Stomach's In)  
Old Town  
One Less Bell To Answer  
Only You
Ooh Poo Pah Doo  
Out Of Limits  
Percolator
Requiem for A Studio Guitar Player  
River Deep, Mountain High
Rockin' Robin
She's Just My Style
Sloop John B
Somethin' Stupid
Spanish Flea
Stoned Soul Picnic
Strangers In The Night
Sugar Town
Suicide Is Painless (M.A.S.H Theme)  
Sure Gonna Miss Her  
Surf City  
Surfer's Stomp  
That's Life
The Beat Goes On
The Boxer
The Chipmunk Song  
The Lonely Bull  
The Moon Is Blue  
The Pink Panther Theme
Then He Kissed Me
These Boots Are Made For Walkin'
This Diamond Ring
Twistin' The Night Away
Up, Up And Away
Wedding Bell Blues  
Whipped Cream  
Wichita Lineman
Windy
Woman's World  
You Send Me
You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'
Zorba The Greek