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The Wrecking Crew film to hold screenings in Nashville

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Nashville musicians have a chance this week to tip their hats to some of their West Coast heroes and give them their due.

The best studio players in pop and rock'n'roll were a bunch of guys and one woman nicknamed The Wrecking Crew.

Their names may not ring a bell, but you certainly know their work. The Wrecking Crew was to the West Coast what the A-team Nashville Cats were to Music City: Mostly anonymous studio players who made records become hits.

A new movie about the group will be screened this week before it can be released to theaters due to high costs of music licensing. The first is Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Belcourt Theatre in Hillsboro Village. And there's another Saturday at 1:30 p.m. downtown at the Nashville Convention Center, as part of the big musical instrument NAMM show.

Denny Tedesco said his "dad went to work like every other kid's dad." But Tommy Tedesco's work created some sounds you could sing along with right now.

"Batman, Green Acres, Bonanza. Those are the TV themes you know instantly. He played with the Beach Boys, he played with Sinatra, he played with Jan and Dean, Mamas and Papas," Denny said. "These guys were just playing everywhere."

Denny produced the movie as a tribute to his dad. When filming began, the guitar great was battling lung cancer, so there wasn't a lot of time or money.

And 15 years into the project, there still isn't. There are 133 music cues in the film, and even at a discounted rate, it will cost $300,000 to clear the rights to release it onto screens nationwide.

"We're having fundraising screenings from peoples' homes to synagogues. I joke I've done bar mitzvahs, and we've done museums, and we're gonna do the Belcourt," he said. "People have donated five dollars, $1,000. Today, someone donated $1,000. He was one of the local studio musicians."

Denny is hoping to pack the place as a tribute to The Wrecking Crew, and to Nashville in a way as well, because he says it is a community that understands.

"When you come to Nashville, walking down the streets and I'm hearing live music at two in the afternoon. It's real, it's not like Disneyland putting out music. And there's something about how they still respect musicians in this town."

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