Netflix Gold: The Wrecking Crew


Before I begin, let me introduce to you someone who has been called the greatest bass player in the world. Now, mind you, I might have been expecting the likes of Paul McCartney or Jack Bruce (Cream), maybe Jon Entwhistle (The Who). But when I heard Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys say that this person was the greatest ever, I had to take notice. So let me introduce to you, Carol Kaye**:


Carol Kaye? Who the heck is Carol Kaye? That would have been my thought a week ago. And then I watched a documentary on Netflix entitled “The Wrecking Crew”, that was absolutely mind-blowing! I grew up when music was truly great, the 60’s. Whether you had The Beatles, The Stones or the Beach Boys competing, you had great bands and great tunes coming out.

But did you know that the likes of The Beach Boys, The Association and other bands didn’t play on their records? Al Jardine, of the Beach Boys, explains it best. “We were on the road doing 150 shows a year. There was no way we could turn around and go into the studio.” Instead, the vocals were done by the band, but all the music was done by a group of 20-25 LA studio musicians who were loosely known as “The Wrecking Crew.”

And this documentary is a loving picture of the music that these musicians created in the name of others. If you have Netflix, add The Wrecking Crew to your queue. You won’t be disappointed.

** Oh, as to Carol Kaye? Here is a list of the singers and bands that she recorded for:

The Beach Boys
Phil Spector
The Door
Ritchie Valens
Frank Sinatra
Nancy Sinatra
Glen Campbell
Leon Russell
Sonny & Cher
Joe Cocker
Barbra Streisand
Ray Charles
Frank Zappa
Ike & Tina Turner
Johnny Mathis
Simon & Garfunkel
The Righteous Brothers
Herb Alpert
The Buckinghams
Paul Revere & the Raiders
Gary Lewis & the Playboys
The Monkees
Buffalo Springfield

That’s one impressive list!

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One response to “Netflix Gold: The Wrecking Crew

  1. Object of Contempt

    I’ve heard more than one local musician talk about how good the studio/session musicians are. People would complain about the muzak and the “elevator music”, and these guys would tell about how excellent the musicians were that they could come in, sight-read the sheet music, and have flawless tracks laid down in 15-20 minutes. It’s only hearsay, especially coming from me, but it seems plausible to me.

    The Wrecking Crew, in order to get recognition among those musicians, would have had to be something extraordinary. Makes you wonder why they weren’t doing any composing or creating their own bands, but I guess that really is a matter of a different kind of gifting — and I suppose some had a disdain for being in the limelight.

    Very interesting subject. I’ll have to watch that video.


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