Denny Tedesco is the son of rock music legend Tommy Tedesco. Tommy Tedesco was a studio musician in Las Angeles during the golden age of rock-n-roll and was the actual guitar player on dozens of number one hits of the 60’s and 70’s. In those days many of the rock bands hired studio musicians to do the playing on their records. This small band of musicians in the LA area became known as The Wrecking Crew by studio insiders and record companies. Tommy Tedesco was the most influential of the group and was the featured studio guitarist for such bands as The Beach Boys, The Mamas and The Papas, The Everly Brothers, Ricky Nelson, Cher, Frank Sinatra, and many many more. Everyone in America has heard Tommy Tedesco play the guitar however, most people have never known they did.
Tommy Tedesco died after an illness in 1997. When Tommy became ill his son, Denny Tedesco a film maker, began to put his father’s stories and life on film along with the stories and careers of the set of The Wrecking Crew. Denny would dedicate the next decade to tracking down and interviewing Wrecking Crew members and other famous musicians of their day.
What resulted from his work became a film documentary called, The Wrecking Crew. The film has been complete for years now however it has never been officially released as Denny Tedesco has had to rase more than $1,000,000- to secure the music rights to all the songs featured in the movie, of which there is more than 100.
One of the ways Denny has been able to raise money for the venture has been to tour with the movie as a non-profit from city to city over the last few years. Now within $150,000 of their goal the movie is likely to premier sometime within a year.
While on tour Denny Tedesco always brings along at least one of the musicians from the original Wrecking Crew. At the showing in Modesto, California Denny brought along Don Randy, a studio pianist who was featured on several Beach Boys hits and many many more number ones of the 60’s and 70’s. Don Randi has also had his own stage career and is currently opening for Nancy Sinatra when she tours the U.S.