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The Wrecking Crew rocks at Cleveland International Film Festival
12 years in the making

Mark Urycki
Next week the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will induct some rock stars and three sidemen. Those are musicians who performed on notable recordings but rarely ever left the studio. Often they were never even credited on the albums. This weekend a documentary at the Cleveland International Film Festival will pay tribute to such musicians. It focuses on a select group that performed in Los Angeles during the 1960's that were nicknamed "The Wrecking Crew."
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[ On August 20, 2009 keyboardist, bassist, and harmonica player Larry Knechtel died of an apparent heart attack at his home in Yakima, Washington.    Knechtel was a memebr of the Wrecking Crew and won a Grammy for his arrangement of the Simon and Garfunkel song "Bridge Over Troubled Water. "    He played with artists such as Elvis Presley, Elvis Costello, the Beach Boys, and the Dixie Chicks.   He was also a member of the band Bread. ] 

Songs from the film recorded by the Wrecking Crew:

5th Dimension Let the Sunshine in/Aquarius
Stoned Soul Picnic Up-Up and Away
One Less Bell to Answer
Association Windy Never My Love
Beach Boys California Girls
Don't Worry Baby
Fun Fun Fun
God Only Knows
Good Vibrations
I Get Around
Sloop John B
Byrds Mr. Tamborine Man
Turn! Turn! Turn!
Glen Campbell By The Time I Get to Phoenix
Gentle on My Mind
Wichita Lineman
Captain and Tennille Love Will Keep Us Together
Carpenters Close to You
We've Only Just Begun
Cher Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves
Chipmunks Chipmunks Theme
Nat King Cole
Ramblin' Rose
Sam Cooke Twistin' the Night Away
You Send Me
Crystals Then He Kissed Me
Da Doo Ron Ron
He's A Rebel
Bobby Day Rock-in Robin
Defenders Taco Wagon
Shelly Fabares Johnny Angel
Richard Harris MacArthur Park
Jan & Dean Dead Man's Curve
Surf City Little Old Lady (From Pasadena)
Balboa Blue
Gary Lewis and the Playboys Everybody Loves a Clown
Sure Gonna Miss Her
This Diamond Ring
Barry McGuire Eve of Destruction
Mamas & Papas California Dreamin'
Creeque Alley Dedicated to the One I Love
Monday, Monday
Henry Mancini The Pink Panther Theme
Marketts Out of Limits
Surfer's Stomp
Dean Martin Everybody Loves Somebody
Scott McKenzie San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)
Monkees Mary Mary
Chris Montez Let's Dance
Ricky Nelson Fools Rush In
Wayne Newton Danke Schoen
Jack Nitzsche The Lonely Surfer
Harry Nilsson Everybody's Talkin'
Partridge Family Come on Get Happy
Elvis Presley A Little Less Conversation
Viva Las Vegas
Paul Revere & the Raiders
Indian Reservation
Righteous Brothers Unchained Melody
You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'
Rip Chords Hey Little Cobra
Johnny Rivers Poor Side of Town
Tommy Roe Dizzy Ronnetts Be My Baby
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
Routers Let's Go
The Sandpipers Guantanamera Lalo Schifrin Mission Impossible
Simon and Garfunkel Mrs. Robinson Frank
Sinatra Strangers in the Night That's Life
Nancy Sinatra These Boots Were Made for Walkin'
Drummer Man Sonny and Cher
The Beat Goes On
I Got You Babe
T-Bones No Matter What Shape (Your Stomach's In)
Nino Tempo & April Stevens Deep Purple
Tijuana Brass
The Lonely Bull
Spanish Flea
Taste of Honey
Whipped Cream
Zorba the Greek
Ike and Tina Turner River Deep Mountain High
Ritchie Valens Donna
Bobby Vee The Night Has a Thousand Eyes
Ventures Hawaii 5-O
Mason Williams Classical Gas
Roger Williams Born Free

Related Links & Resources
The Wrecking Crew film

Cleveland International Film Festival

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

Listener Comments:

If the book of music was a bible, these people are all the prophets! All musicians should see this documentary and follow them!

Posted by: Steve (Oakland) on March 26, 2009 2:25PM
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