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'The Wrecking Crew' documentary due in early 2015

The Wrecking Crew, a legendary group of studio

The Wrecking Crew, a legendary group of studio musicians based in Los Angeles in the 1960s who played on a number of hit records. Credit: Magnolia Pictures

"The Wrecking Crew," a documentary about the elite group of studio musicians who played on countless records of the 1960s, has been acquired by Magnolia Pictures.

The documentary screened at the South By Southwest film festival several years ago but licensing issues over the many songs prevented the film from being released, according to a press release from Magnolia Pictures. While "The Wrecking Crew" languished, other documentaries about unsung heroes of rock music went on to win Academy Awards, notably "Searching for Sugarman" and "20 Feet From Stardom."

Drummer Hal Blaine coined the name The Wrecking Crew for the Los Angeles session players who graced tracks by a wide range of artists, from The Monkees to Bing Crosby to The Beach Boys to Nat King Cole. Phil Spector used the group to help create his signature "wall of sound," and Brian Wilson hired them for "Good Vibrations," "California Girls" and his enigmatic masterpiece "Smile."

Wrecking Crew members who graduated to solo careers include Glen Campbell, Leon Russell and film composer Jack Nitzsche.

"The Wrecking Crew" is directed by Denny Tedesco, son of Tommy Tedesco, the group's reknowned guitarist. Magnolia plans to release the film in the first quarter of 2015.

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