It was a long time coming! After meeting Denny Tedesco at NAMM two years ago, having seen his unforgettable, moving, stellar film, The Wrecking Crew, I jumped. Scheduled BC (Before COVID), at long last, here we finally were. Denny had completed most of the interviews (Carole King, James Taylor, Jackson Browne, and Linda Ronstadt to name but a few icons weighing in on The Section (Leland Sklar, Russ Kunkle, Waddy Wachtel, and Danny Kortchmar), for his upcoming doc on thier The Immediate Family (with relative youngin’ Steve Postel), as a sort of followup to his doc, The Wrecking Crew, when we met. He was heading to Sundance just before the pandemic hit. Undeterred by the inerminable shut down, Denny’s managing to complete the film, getting a masterfully produced iPhone self tape from Keith Richards, remote interviews with Stevie Nicks and Lyle Lovett, and sitting down, with caution and testing with the boys, themselves. How I can’t wait to see it! This collective has played on most of the soundtrack of my life. And I kinda love them all as musicans and peoples. Denny discussed at length his father, famed session guitarist Tommy Tedesco, where he came from, and how he came to be perhaps the most recorded guitarist, ever. We did a deep dive into The Wrecking Crew, and why, when Tommy was diagnosed with terminal cancer, Denny quickly started filming his father, and the rest of the Crew. Sweet side bar for me, Tommy was the guitarist with Happy Kyne And The Mirthmakers on Fernwood 2Night, at the top of my must see TV back in the day. Here, a taste of Tommy Tedesco as Tommy Marranuchi https://bit.ly/3GtPt9N ❤️We talked about Denny starting out not as a musicain, but as a set director on the film Eating Raoul, producing at Comedy Channel and the 2000 Academy Awards with Billy Crystal and his current producing gig, the 2nd season of Hanging With Doctor Z, featuring Dana Gould, as Dr. Z, who interviews Jeff Garlin, Dave Foley, Bobcat Goldthwait, Patton Oswalt, Steven Webber, Will Forte, Penn Jillett, Maria Emily Bamford, Al Yankovic, Paget Brewster, Hank Azaria, to name some.Denny gave a sneak peek into his next doc, something completely different… ponzi scam, anyone? Warm, fun, and easy, with fabulous tales from the front and back, Denny was a total joy after a particulary rough day. This is gonna be my happy revisit for a long to come. Just thinking about it makes me smile. Broadly. Denny Tedesco Live on Changers with Vicki Abelson Wed, 10/27/21/, 5 pm PT, 8 pm ETStreamed Live on my FacebookReplay here:https://bit.ly/3jFQlODAll BROADcasts, as podcasts, also available oniTunes apple.co/2dj8ld3 Stitcher bit.ly/2h3R1flatunein bit.ly/2gGeItjAlso on iHeartRadio, SoundCloud, Voox, OwlTail, Backtracks, PlayerFM, Himalaya, Podchaser, and Listen NotesThanks to Rick Smolke of Quik Impressions, the best printers, printing, the best people people-ing. quikimpressions.comNicole Venables of Ruby Begonia Hair Studio Beauty and Products, for the best dressed. http://www.rubybegoniahairstudio.com/Blue Microphones and Kevin Walt
Tommy Tedesco was the driving force behind The Wrecking Crew, a loose collective of session musicians based in Los Angeles whose services were employed for thousands of studio recordings in the 1960s and 1970s, including several hundred Top 40 hits. John and Heyang welcome Denny Tedesco, who memorializes his father and many of the other musicians in a documentary that took years and serious financial resources to create. Denny talks about the behind-the-scenes making of the movie, and John gets to play DJ again, dropping the needle on some of the songs that hit the top of the charts, due to the backing of these incredible musicians. "The Lonely Bull," "The Beat Goes On," and "Don't Pull Your Love" are included in the playlist.
Music Docs & Session Players featuring Denny Tedesco
Media Path Podcast
Denny Tedesco’s long awaited and much heralded film The Wrecking Crew tells the story of his father Tommy Tedesco and all of the unsung studio musicians who created the soundtrack of the sixties. Denny’s next movie, The Immediate Family will document the great players who backed the 70’s singer songwriters like Carole King, James Taylor, Jackson Browne and Linda Ronstadt. Denny joins us to share his filmmaking story. Plus Fritz and Weezy recommend The Sound of Metal, Biggie: I Gotta Story To Tell, I Care A Lot and Murder Among The Mormons.Path Points of Interest:Denny TedescoThe Wrecking Crew documentaryThe Wrecking Crew on Amazon PrimeThe Immediate Family Rolling Stone ArticleImmediate Family documentary on IMDBHanging With Dr. ZSound of Metal - Amazon Prime Biggie: I Got a Story to Tell - NetflixMurder Among The MormonsI Care A LotGuardian Abuse articles by Diane Dimondhttps://www.noozhawk.com/article/diane_dimond_elder_guardianships_a_shameful_racket_in_america_20160220https://www.noozhawk.com/article/diane_dimond_remembering_betty_winstanleyhttps://www.nvdaily.com/nvdaily/diane-dimond-art-imitates-life-inside-the-insidious-world-of-elder-guardianships/article_d782f3fc-4359-508b-a9da-cf9e61474445.html
Denny Tedesco has a conversation with Tom about his documentary, The Wrecking Crew, which tells the story of the group of famed Los Angeles session musicians - including Leon Russell, Hal Blaine, Glen Campbell and Denny's father, Tommy - whose services were employed in the creation of thousands of the most iconic studio recordings of the 1960s. He also discusses his follow up documentary that is currently in production: The Immediate Family, celebrating the lives of five of popular music's most accomplished "sidemen", Steve Postell, Danny Kortchmar, Waddy Wachtel, Leland Sklar, and Russ Kunkel, whose careers began in the 1970s with artists such as James Taylor and Linda Ronstadt. This episode is brought to you by Modal Electronics, who make beautiful, innovative and powerful synthesisers. You can enjoy vibrant wavetable patches with their ARGON8 series. You can produce state-of-the-art analogue-style synth textures with their COBALT8 series. Go to modalelectronics.com to check out their incredible array of synthesisers. This episode is brought to you by Lumie, the original inventors of wake-up lights, whose Bodyclock Luxe 750DAB wake-up light mimics a natural sunrise and sunset. Shown to improve quality of sleep and to boost productivity in clinical trials, this remarkable device also features high quality audio with DAB+ radio, Bluetooth speakers, USB port and a selection of over 20 sleep/wake sounds. The Lumie Bodyclock Luxe 750DAB can transform the way you start and end your day, especially if you struggle to wake up in the morning and/or get to sleep at night - it certainly did for me. Go to lumie.com to find out more.
The famous music documentary - The Wrecking Crew - Executive producer/director - Denny Tedesco is our special guest on Music Matters Podcast-EP.3-S2
Music Matters with Darrell Craig Harris
It was a real pleasure to chat with Denny....his Dad and Mom inspired and taught me a lot through my interactions with them both at music school in California. So, when I had a chance to chat with Tommy's son Denny about the wonderful film - 'The Wrecking Crew' I couldn't wait to hear about some of the interesting history behind how the film came to life as well as some insight into Denny's own cinematic career. Listen in as Denny explains why his film about a legendary group of studio musicians took nearly 20 years to make. His film is all about the legendary group of 1960s Los Angeles session musicians who played on everything from Phil Spector classics and "Good Vibrations" to commercial jingles, Denny explains why the name The Wrecking Crew? Back in those early studio days of the 60s turning up for work in a Hawaiian shirt was not the done thing! Far to casual for the establishment - who believed that this group of session musicians would 'wreck' the industry by dressing in a casual manner! The movie, started in 1996 with a roundtable conversation featuring his father, guitarist Tommy Tedesco (who died in 1997), bassist Carol Kaye, drummer Hal Blaine and saxophonist Plas Johnson. The film premiered in 2008, starting in film festival and you can currently watch it on Amazon Prime. Denny goes onto explain the daunting task of clearing 110 songs with 90 plus of them being top 40 hits. Imagine paying dozens of musicians, publishers and labels residual royalties for their music to be included in the documentary! Denny never gave up and pitched the documentary to many people, he raised enough money to pay 297 session musicians whose names were on contracts for the songs used in the documentary film. Denny still remains as dedicated as he did in 1996 to telling this very important story about 'The Wrecking Crew' and their invaluable contribution to the music industry told through this insightful and extremely enjoyable documentary film. We've only really scratched the surface of Denny Tedesco and his own cinematic career - his time at IMAX and his latest documentary in production - 'The Immediate Family', and much, much more...To find out more about Denny Tedesco and connect follow the links below. 'The Wrecking Crew' documentary film on Amazon Denny Tedesco IMBD A Big thanks to our friends at #AudioGeer and the team @shure for their awesome support! #Shure #MV7 #podcast mic! Please check out our Music Matters podcast on @spotifypodcastsHey, also check out the New Music Matters Podcast Website- and Music Matters SWAG And a Big Shout and thanks for the support of the following: Rodney Hall FAME Recording Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama Shure microphones Affliction clothing and Nigel J. my co-producer and voice over talent, all while running - Music Tribes Unite Media for our Podcast - Productions - Please, support, LIKE and helps us grow - check out our Social Media pages:
Denny Tedesco On The Wrecking Crew Doc Visits Madame Perry's Salon
Madame Perry's Salon
The son of guitarist Tommy Tedesco pays tribute to his late father and a core group of studio musicians who played on some of the biggest hits of the 1960s and '70s, including "California Girls" and "Mrs. Robinson.The Wrecking Crew was a group of studio musicians in Los Angeles in the 1960s who played on hits for the Beach Boys, Frank Sinatra, Nancy Sinatra, Sonny and Cher, Jan & Dean, The Monkees, Gary Lewis and the Playboys, Mamas and Papas, Tijuana Brass, Ricky Nelson, Johnny Rivers and were Phil Spector's Wall of Sound. The amount of work that they were involved in was tremendous. They were also involved in groups that I like to call the Milli Vanillis of the day. A producer would get the guys in and lay down some instrumental tracks. If it became a hit, they would record an album and put a group together to go on the road. This happened many times with groups like the Marketts, Routers, and T-Bones. The next day they would do the same thing and call it another name. Same musicians, but different group name.
S1. Ep.11 - Special Long Format: Denny Tedesco, Producer of The Wrecking Crew! an award winning music documentary.
MAKE MOVES 11 feat. Denny Tedesco, Producer of The Wrecking Crew! tells us how he made a movie that nobody thought he could make… with his own money… in his own way. The end result was an award winning documentary about an elite crew of Los Angeles studio musicians – including his father, Tommy Tedesco, one of the most recorded guitar players in history – who played on literally all of the hits to come from the West Coast music scene during the 1960’s. But Denny explains that he had to invest almost two decades of his life and be willing to take huge personal risks to finish the movie on his own terms. He discusses how he did it, why he couldn’t stop, the ramifications for his family, his personal connection to the movie’s story, and he reveals his ability to generate creative solutions. With permission, this episode features four songs off of The Wrecking Crew! sound track: Be My Baby by the Ronettes, God Only Knows by the Beachboys, Danke Shoen by Wayne Newton, and The Beat Goes On by Sonny & Cher. MM 11 Blogpost: http://bit.ly/2tjDN7j MM 11 on iTunes: http://apple.co/2tjvkRj MM 11 on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/2sj3T5k MM 11 Download: http://bit.ly/2thgD0Q MAKE MOVES website: www.makemoveswithjohn.com MAKE MOVES Facebook Page: @makemoveswithjohn MAKE MOVES EXCLUSIVES Group: http://bit.ly/2t75JqK MAKE MOVES on Instagram @makemoveswithjohn
Part 2: Elvis, The Beach Boys and The Wrecking Crew: Denny Tedesco shares his Kickstarter story
Crowd Scene | Crowdfunding Success Stories
This is part 2 of our conversation with filmmaker and crowdfunder Denny Tedesco.Denny has a direct link to some of the greatest pop music ever recorded. Throughout the 50s and 60s, a group of session musicians in Los Angeles – known as The Wrecking Crew – became the go-to musicians for producers and musicians including Elvis Presley, Ella Fitzgerald, the Beach Boys and dozens (if not hundreds) of others. Their phenomenal contribution to pop music was largely uncredited by record labels who may have been too embarrassed to put the same names on so many records.At the centre of The Wrecking Crew was guitarist Tommy Tedesco and in this episode we’re talking with his son Denny who directed and produced an incredible documentary that tells the whole story.Denny released his documentary – also titled “The Wrecking Crew” – back in 2008 and it did fantastically well in film festivals around the world. But to release the film to wider audience he needed to raise enough money to pay the licensing fees for the 120 classic songs featured in the film. Even after receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations, he was still short.So Denny turned to Kickstarter in 2013 to raise a further quarter of a million dollars to cover the rest of the fees. Happily, more than 4,000 music-loving backers shared his vision…
Part 1: Elvis, The Beach Boys and The Wrecking Crew: Denny Tedesco shares his Kickstarter story
Crowd Scene | Crowdfunding Success Stories
Our guest on this edition of Crowd Scene has a direct link to some of the greatest pop music ever recorded. Throughout the 50s and 60s, a group of session musicians in Los Angeles – known as The Wrecking Crew – became the go-to musicians for producers and musicians including Elvis Presley, Ella Fitzgerald, the Beach Boys and dozens (if not hundreds) of others. Their phenomenal contribution to pop music was largely uncredited by record labels who may have been too embarrassed to put the same names on so many records.At the centre of The Wrecking Crew was guitarist Tommy Tedesco and in this episode we’re talking with his son Denny who directed and produced an incredible documentary that tells the whole story.Denny released his documentary – also titled “The Wrecking Crew” – back in 2008 and it did fantastically well in film festivals around the world. But to release the film to wider audience he needed to raise enough money to pay the licensing fees for the 120 classic songs featured in the film. Even after receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations, he was still short.So Denny turned to Kickstarter in 2013 to raise a further quarter of a million dollars to cover the rest of the fees. Happily, more than 4,000 music-loving backers shared his vision…