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The Wrecking Crew

OPB | April 2, 2012 9:30 a.m. | Updated: Sept. 10, 2013 11:24 p.m.

UPDATE 4/3: If you’d like to hear some of the songs the Wrecking Crew played on, check out our Wrecking Crew Spotify playlist.

“Good Vibrations”…”California Dreamin”…”Bridge Over Troubled Water”

Recognize those names? Alright try these:

Hal Blaine. Larry Knechtel. Carol Kaye.

How did you do? If you’re like most people, you probably haven’t heard of them. They’re three members of The Wrecking Crew — group of L.A. musicians who played on some of the biggest hits of the ‘60s and ‘70s.

For nearly a decade, if you were an L.A. producer and you wanted to record a hit single, you’d call in The Wrecking Crew. Members of The Byrds, The Beach Boys, and The Mamas and the Papas would step aside as The Wrecking Crew laid down the instrumental tracks. Then, the members of the main band would come back to add the vocals on top.

Kent Hartman’s new book, The Wrecking Crew, documents the lives and careers of these hit-making  musicians, and goes behind the scenes at the studios they performed in.

What would you like to ask Kent Hartman about The Wrecking Crew?

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