The Wrecking Crew

phil spector by jonathan twingley

The Wrecking Crew was a nickname coined by the drummer Hal Blaine for a group of elite session musicians in Los Angeles, who earned wide acclaim in the 1960s. They backed dozens of popular singers, and were one of the most successful groups of studio musicians in music history. The Wrecking Crew’s members typically had backgrounds in jazz or classical music, but were highly versatile.

The talents of this group of ‘first call’ players were used on almost every style of recording, including television theme songs, film scores, advertising jingles, and almost every genre of American popular music, from The Monkees to Bing Crosby. Notable artists employing the Wrecking Crew’s talents included Nancy Sinatra, The Partridge Family, The Mamas & the Papas, The Carpenters, John Denver, The Beach Boys, Simon & Garfunkel, and Nat King Cole.

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