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The Wrecking Crew
The Wrecking Crew was a collection of world-class session musicians based in Los Angeles, who typically had backgrounds in jazz or classical music and were one of the most successful "groups" of studio musicians in music history.
The talents of this group of 'first call' players were used on almost every style of recording including TV theme songs, film scores, advertising jingles and almost every genre of American popular music from The Monkees to Bing Crosby. The figures most often associated with the Wrecking Crew are producer Phil Spector, who used the Crew to create his trademark "Wall of Sound", and Beach Boys leader Brian Wilson, who utilized the Crew's talents on many of his mid-Sixties productions including "California Girls", the watershed album Pet Sounds, and "Good Vibrations".
The best-known 'members' of this unofficial group are bassist Carol Kaye (one of the few women working in the top echelon level of the recording industry at the time) and drummer Hal Blaine, who has played on tens of thousands of recording sessions, and is believed to be the most recorded drummer in history. Among his vast list of recordings, Blaine is credited with having played on at least forty U.S. #1 hits and more than 150 Top Ten records.
Guitar Player magazine cites Tommy Tedesco as "the most recorded guitarist in history".
Notable members of 'The Wrecking Crew' included:
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