Wrecking Crew documentary asks for Kickstarter help

Hal Blaine of The Wrecking Crew.

Danny Tedesco says he needs donations to pay the music licensing costs of his film on the legendary Hollywood session musicians dubbed The Wrecking Crew. From his post on

In 1996 my father, the guitarist Tommy Tedesco, was diagnosed with terminal cancer. I knew we didn’t have much time with him so I started filming his story and that of the other session musicians of the 1960’s & 70’s.

Unfortunately, my Dad passed away in 1997 without seeing a frame of the film, but I continued to film his friends and the artists of the day. The film includes wonderful interviews with Brian Wilson, Cher, Nancy Sinatra, Herb Alpert, Glen Campbell, Roger McGuinn, Gary Lewis, Dick Clark, Al Jardine, Peter Tork, Micky Dolenz, and Leon Russell and others.

The story of these musicians cannot be told without the music. There’s a lot of it and music costs money....I was told from the beginning, “You won’t get the labels and publishers to agree on favorable licensing fees." Well, you know what? I proved everybody wrong. I didn’t give up. The record companies and publishers have been incredibly supportive and have agreed to extremely favorable terms. However, there are over 120 music cues in the film and that adds up to a huge amount of money.

Tesesco is seeking $250,000 and has $49,000 pledged so far, with 45 days to go in the Kickstarter campaign.

Related: Per Vintage Los Angeles on Facebook, on this day in 1966, the first number one hit by The Monkees (meaning, really, Wrecking Crew musicians) was released: "Last Train to Clarksville."

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