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RECORDING KING

It’s been 20 years since the world lost the most recorded guitar player in history, Tommy Tedesco. BOB HEWITT looks back at his remarkable contribution to pop music and sits down with the Wrecking Crew guitarist’s filmmaker son, Denny, to discover what Tommy was like in and out of the studio…
Tommy Tedesco (left) with legendary Wrecking Crew drummer Hal Blaine
Tommy in the studio with his brownface Fender Deluxe amp and Fender Telecaster

Pick a hit from pop’s 1960s golden era, and the chances are Tommy Tedesco and his Wrecking Crew compadres were all over it. The legendary Los Angeles session group came to the fore in a time when the shirt and tie-clad session establishment saw rock ’n’ roll as a passing fad. Dressed in t-shirts and Levis, The Wrecking Crew were a group of young, talented and dedicated musicians who embraced the new movement, and redefined the session scene in LA for the decade.

Drummer Hal Blaine claimed the Wrecking Crew name was invented as a disparaging term by the older session guys, who saw them as upstarts ‘wrecking’ the scene (though bassist/guitarist Carol Kaye disputes this, see p60) – but it didn’t hurt them one bit. They could record an album a day for six weeks on the trot – often working around the clock in one of LA’s famous studios, answering calls at all hours of the day and night.

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The December 2017 issue of The Guitar Magazine is on sale now! Inside, you’ll find a massive 24-page feature devoted to The Secrets Of Studio Guitar. Following exclusive insights into the golden era of session guitar from Wrecking Crew luminary Carol Kaye and Tommy Tedesco’s son Denny, we move into the modern age (albeit via a raft of vintage tube amps) with recording tips courtesy of Grammy-winning producer Dave Cobb, first-call LA guitarist Josh Smith’s guide to the perfect session and a tale of how digital modelling can be the answer to your sonic prayers. Elsewhere in the mag, we pay tribute to Tom Petty, review a raft of hot new gear from the likes of Fender, Maybach, Satellite Amps, G&L and Keeley and show you how to build your own acoustic guitar in the latest instalment of DIY Workshop. For all that and a FREE 2018 calendar packed full of beautifully photographed vintage and star guitars, pick up your copy of the December issue of The Guitar Magazine now!
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