What is the Wrecking Crew?

The Wrecking Crew were a group of Studio Musicians in Los Angeles in the '60s who played on hits for the "Beach Boys, Frank Sinatra, Nancy Sinatra, Sonny and Cher, Jan & Dean, The Monkees, Gary Lewis and the Playboys, Mamas and Papas, Tijuana Brass, Ricky Nelson, Johnny Rivers and were Phil Spector's Wall of Sound. The amount of work that they were involved in was tremendous.

alt They were also involved in groups that I like to call, The Milli Vanilli's of the day. A producer would get the guys in and lay down some instrumental tracks. If it became a hit, they would record an album and put a group together to go on the road. This happened many times with groups like the Marketts, Routers, and T-Bones. The next day they would do the same thing and call it another name. Same musicians, but different group Name.

At the time the record industry was primarily in New York, London and Detroit in the late '50s and early '60s. Then there was a surge towards the mid-'60s that pushed the recording to the west Coast. So these musicians were recording around the clock for a good eight years. It's hey day for this group was in 1967 when the charts turned to the west.

May 20, 2012 2pm
Ayala High School
14255 Peyton Drive
Chino Hills, CA 91709
Website Info - Tickets $20
Available at the door or advance from EventBrite

May 20th, 2012 6pm
Baked Potato
Later that day, Nancy Sinatra and Don Randi are putting on a special event that will raise money for MusiCares in the late Billy Strange's name. As you can see from the poster, it will be an amazing evening of non-stop music and fun and for a great cause!

May 23, 2012 2pm & 7pm
Grand Cinema
Sneak Preview
606 S. Fawcett Ave.
Tacoma, WA 98402
Venue Website/Buy Tickets
$15 non-members/$14 for members

May 24, 2012 7pm (doors 6:30)
325 Fifth Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98109
SPECIAL GUEST: Hal Blaine courtesy of 
$30.00 for VIP Seating
$14.50 for General seating
Link for tickets will be hot on the 15th at

This event is sponsored by

One night Only
June 13, 2012 8pm
Sneak Preview of Wrecking Crew Documentary
The Cutting Room
44 East 32 St (between Park & Madison)
New York, NY
Tickets $30.00
Buy Online (search for "wrecking crew")
Live music after the screening withThe Sixties Show™. They have been described as "The Greatest 1960's Musical Tribute Show on Earth"™. The band includes former members of Billy Joel's and Elton John's band, The Boston Pops® and current members of The Smithereens.

We are so lucky and grateful to these great musicians for joining us for this event.
Craig O'Keefe - Musical Director, bass, vocals
Steven Eigner - Guitar, vocals
Tom Licameli - Guitar vocals
Liberty DeVitto - Drums
Peter Chiusano - Orchestrations, keyboards

June 28, 2012 7pm
Calgary Screening
1133 Kensington Road NW
Calgary, Alberta Canada
Tickets $25
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Or buy your tickets at:
Beat It Drum Shop, 2627 17 Ave SW, Calgary
Vintage Music, 2114A 14 St. NW, Calgary
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