The Wrecking Crew by Kent Hartman

Buffalo & Erie County Public Library Staff Review by Carol Ann Strahl:
This book is an inside look at the music scene in the 1960′s and early 1970′s.
The average listener had no idea that the musicians who recorded the most popular songs of the time were, in many cases, not members of the bands listed on the labels but a group of talented studio musicians (aka “Session Players”) known in the industry as “the Wrecking Crew.”
Great stories featuring such luminaries as Sonny Bono, Roger McGuinn from The Byrds, Glen Campbell, Jimmy Webb, Johnny Rivers, Simon & Garfunkle, the Beach Boys, and The Mamas & The Papas are plentiful in this book. 
The book is not lacking in detail and you will learn, for example, the names of the two musicians considered to be the best studio guitarists and the name of the most played instrumental in the history of American radio. What actor currently on the TV show ‘The Office’ was once a guitarist with Grass Roots? One of the Crew was even a native of Niagara Falls, New York.  (There is always a Buffalo area connection!)
A must read for any music aficionado of early Rock’n Roll and a fun, fact-filled read for anyone.
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3 comments
Markus
Markus

Kent, there is a movie released by Denny Tedesco called the wrecking crew. It has the whole story, you would enjoy it.It has just been released several months ago.

buffloonitick
buffloonitick

i've had the pleasure of working with Don Randi the keyboardist who is pictured to the far right of the book cover. his discography reads like the history of pop music.

http://www.donrandi.com/intro_content.html

also pictured on the cover from right to left is Carol Kaye on bass, Hal Blane on drums,Glenn Campbell on guitar, Tommy Tedesco on guitar. don't know who the guy is on the left.

these folks shaped the sound of pop/rock music that provided a soundtrack to those eras.

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