AirTalk for March 1, 2012

The Wrecking Crew steps out of the studio and into the spotlight

By Kent Hartman

The Wrecking Crew: The Inside Story of Rock and Roll's Best-Kept Secret

You might not know the Wrecking Crew by name, but you’d definitely recognize their music. This group of Los Angeles studio musicians comprised some of the most influential instrumentalists in pop music history.

They were the artists who provided the building blocks for Phil Spector’s “Wall of Sound,” recorded the music for the Byrds’ first single and recorded with the likes of Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys, Nancy Sinatra, The Carpenters, The Monkees and Bing Crosby.

To shed some light on this oft-underappreciated cadre of musicians, Kent Hartman, music entrepreneur and author, wrote “The Wrecking Crew: The Inside Story of Rock and Roll's Best-Kept Secret,” a collection of stories and accounts given by Hal Blaine, the Crew’s drummer-in-chief, Carol Kaye, noted bassist/guitarist and one of the only female musicians to be successful at the time, and several other members of the Wrecking Crew themselves.

What was it like to work for Phil Spector? How was it for these musicians to work behind the scenes and go without being credited? Did the money make up for it? Were they just happy to be getting paid to make music in some way? Where are the members of the Wrecking Crew now?

Guest:

Kent Hartman, author of "The Wrecking Crew: The Inside Story of Rock and Roll's Best-Kept Secret" (Thomas Dunn Books)

On Friday, March 2 at 7:00pm, Kent Hartman discusses and signs "The Wrecking Crew: The Inside Story of Rock and Roll's Best-Kept Secret" at Book Soup. For more information, click here.


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