The Wrecking Crew

The Wrecking Crew

Sun, 03/17/2019 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Picture: Bassist Carol Kaye with guitarist Bill Pitman 

Credit: APT

Known as the performers behind Phil Spector's “Wall of Sound,” the Wrecking Crew was a group of Los Angeles-based studio musicians from the 1960s.

They played on hits for the Beach Boys, Frank Sinatra, Sonny & Cher, The Mamas & the Papas, and more. The Wrecking Crew airs Sunday, March 17 at 2 p.m.  on WXXI-TV. Rarely credited on record, the Wrecking Crew nevertheless played for, with, and in the service of, nearly every prominent American pop performer of the decade. At long last, the documentary The Wrecking Crew brings guitarist Tommy Tedesco, drummer Hal Blaine, bassist Carol Kaye, and saxophonist Plas Johnson to the fore. Telling the Crew’s story through pictures and their trademark sound, the program explores how this core group of dedicated musicians brought the flair and musicianship that made the American “west coast sound” a dominant cultural force around the world.