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.
The figures most often associated with the Wrecking Crew are producer Phil Spector (who used the Crew to create his trademark "Wall of Sound"), and Beach Boys leader Brian Wilson, who utilized the Crew's talents on many of his mid-Sixties productions including the songs "Good Vibrations" and "California Girls" and the acclaimed album Pet Sounds.
The Wrecking Crew were inducted into the Musicians Hall Of Fame on November, 26th 2007. http://www.musicianshalloffame.com
Glen Campbell later achieved solo fame as a singer-guitarist in the 1960s and 1970s, and Mac Rebennack (as Dr. John) went on to be a successful songwriter and had a solo hit as a singer in 1973. Otherwise, the best-known 'members' of this unofficial group are bassist/guitarist Carol Kaye (one of the few women instrumentalists to achieve success in the recording industry at the time) and drummer Hal Blaine, who has played on tens of thousands of recording sessions, and is believed to be the most recorded drummer in history. Among his vast list of recordings, Blaine is credited with having played on at least forty U.S. #1 hits and more than 150 Top Ten records. Al Casey worked for many years as a session musician.
The Wrecking Crew worked long hours and 15-hour days were not unusual, although the rewards were great — Carol Kaye has commented that during her peak as a session musician, she earned more per year than the President.
The Wrecking Crew were featured in the 95-minute 2008 film The Wrecking Crew directed by Tommy Tedesco's son, Denny Tedesco. The film has screened at several festivals, but has not yet been commercially released.