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W H A T :

  • Denny Tedesco, USA, 2008, digital, 98 minutes.
  • Genre: Documentary - music, American pop culture.
  • Discussion after each screening.
  • The film is NR (not rated) but suitable for all audiences. Parents Note: there is rare usage of mild profanity.

  • W H E N :

  • Sunday, June 28, 4 pm
    Film, live performance, catered reception and cash bar.
  • Monday, June 29, 7 pm
    Doors open at 6pm for socializing and cash bar.

  • W H E R E :

  • The Carnegie Center for the Visual & Performing Arts
    1028 Scott Blvd., Covington KY 41011.
  • FREE PARKING on-site and in nearby lots. Click for Parking Map.

  • T I C K E T   P R I C E S :

  • Tickets for Sunday, June 28 are $20 in advance and $25+$1 at the door.**

  • Tickets for Monday, June 29 for the general public are $8 in advance and $10+$1 at the door.**

  • Tickets for Monday, June 29 for students and Enjoy the Arts members with valid ID are $8+$1, available only at the door.**

  • **NOTE: Any ticket physically sold by the Carnegie incurs a $1.00 facility charge IN ADDITION to the face value of the ticket -- this applies to tix purchased in advance by phone or in person, and tix sold at the door.


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  • By phone:
  • the Carnegie, 859-491-2030, Tues-Fri 12pm-5pm
  • tollfree, 1-877-548-3237, Mon-Fri 9am-7pm

  • In person at these area locations:
    (click locations for a map)

  • Clifton-Ludlow Ave. -
      Sitwell's Coffee House
      513 281 7487

  • Mt. Lookout Square -
      Lookout Joe Coffee Roasters

      513 871 8626

  • Northside-Hamilton Ave -
      Shake It Music & Video
      513 591 0123

  • Downtown Cincinnati -
      Coffee Emporium
      513 651 5483

  • Covington -
      The Carnegie

  • Tickets will also be on sale at the door, subject to availability.

    Q U E S T I O N S :

  • Phone, 859.957.3456, Mon-Sat 9a-7p
  • Email, via "Contact" in the Main Menu

  • About the Carnegie

    The Otto M. Budig Theatre in the Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center transports the audience to the ornate elegance of the early 1900s. Restored in 2006, the improvements include additional seating leg room, large movie screen and updated sound system. While the theatre holds 465 patrons we have limited the capacity to 350 seats -- to insure the best sight lines and audience experience.

    COME EARLY to socialize before selected screenings and enjoy your favorite alcohol/non-alcoholic beverage. Doors open at 6:00 before evening screenings and the cash bar is in the adjacent Gallery/reception space. The Carnegie is located at 1028 Scott Blvd., Covington KY 41011(corner of Scott and Robbins, between 10th and 11th Streets). FREE PARKING on-site and in nearby lots -- click here for the Parking Map.

    About the New Lime

    In Fort Thomas Kentucky back in 1962, Jim Geyer, Fred Stanger, Gary Fausz, Mickey Foellger and Mike Boyd formed a band called the Savoys, playing Buddy Holly, Ray Charles and Everly Brothers covers. A few years later they met up with disc jockey Shad O'Shea, who had a morning show on WCPO's AM Top-40 Rock-n-Roll Radio Station.

    O'Shea took the boys into the recording studio and convinced them to become the New "Limeys" in response to the wave of British rock music coming to America. The New Lime's first single, Whenever I Look in Her Eyes, on Fraternity Records hit the Top 40 radio playlist and made it to the top ten on the local charts in 1965.

    On the strength of their 1967 regional #1 hit, That Girl, the group signed with Columbia Records. They recorded a dozen singles over the next five years and became one of the most popular rock bands in Greater Cincinnati performing at 'sock hops,' and concerts throughout the Tri-State area.

    After disbanding in 1972, thirty-two years elapsed until drummer Mickey Foellger (now a judge) and keyboardist Ed Wilbers (now a contractor) reunited to play golden oldies for the Leadership Northern Kentucky 25th Anniversary Gala at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center, in 2004.

    Foellger and Wilbers have reconstituted the New Lime, gathering now and again to perform the classic rock songs from '60s.

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          >>>   "A GREAT PIECE OF ENTERTAINMENT ... Sometimes it seems like it takes forever for some talented people to get their just recognition. ... The film makes good use of historical stills and archive footage to punctuate the stories of these musicians who were so instrumental to American pop music."
        ~ Larry Thomas reviews the film on Cincinnati Edition, WVXU 91.7, Sunday morning. Read it here.

    THE WRECKING CREW is flat-out fun to watch -   an entertaining and informative history of the music that has touched millions of lives ... and a moving tribute from a son to his father. If you are familiar with any of the music listed on the right, YOU WILL ENJOY THIS FILM.

    About the Event

    Sunday June 28 - here's your chance to see a great film, hear live music and enjoy a catered reception; or Monday June 29, enjoy the film, discussion and a cash bar. Either way, your participation will benefit a worthy cause - the Michael W. Bany Scholarship Fund. Read more...

    About the Film

    The Tri-State premiere of THE WRECKING CREW brings an important piece of music history to Cincinnati, the "soundtrack of our lives," yet few people realize how that sound came to be until now.

    It was one of the best kept secrets in the music business: in the sixties and early seventies most Pop and Rock musicians didn't play on their records. The Beach Boys, the 5th Dimension, Cher, the Byrds, Sam Cooke, the Crystals, the Turtles, the Mamas and the Papas, Herb Alpert, the Righteous Brothers, and many more, didn't play instruments in the studio, they only sang.
    "A wonderful, touching and hilarious film about the unsung stars of so many records that you carry in your heart."   ~ Elvis Costello
    This film is about the little-known collective of Los Angeles studio musicians who created the California Sound and Phil Spector's Wall of Sound - the amazing talents whose virtuoso touch turned simple songs into hundreds of chart-topping classic hits we hear on the radio and on disc.

    They came from all walks of life and music -- jazz, bop, gospel, country, R&B, big band and swing. And although the scene is gone, their music lives on and their influence reaches immensely beyond their recognition. For example, drummer Hal Blaine has played on more than 40 number one and 350 Top 10 records, an achievement unmatched by anyone else in popular music history.
    "It was incredible! I felt just like I was sitting there with them at that table. It had everything I wanted to see and more that I didn't expect. Tommy's humor drew you in and the lifelong respect for each other was so evident."   ~ Peter Frampton
    Blaine recalls that "the producers knew that our involvement with a production was different. Nine times out of ten the producer or arranger would tell us to use the charts just as a guide, that's all. We were encouraged to go for it, to go beyond what had been written. We had the opportunity to create, to be a team of arrangers."

    This close-knit group was given the name "The Wrecking Crew" after the fact by drummer Hal Blaine to describe how he and other sidemen had revolutionized the recording industry. From the Monkees' "Last Train to Clarksville" to the Mamas and the Papas' "Monday, Monday" to Simon and Garfinkle's "Mrs. Robinson," these studio pros time and again provided most or all of the guitars, bass, drums, keyboards, horns, and more on hundreds of the best-known singles and albums of all time. Their collective story provides a surprising behind-the-scenes glimpse of the creation of the songs that became the soundtrack for one of the most socially volatile periods in American history.
    A few things make this film really special: The folks we meet onscreen are happy people and they love their work. Director Denny Tedesco's on-camera interviews with his father Tommy, and the way Denny gathers the core musicians around a kitchen table, sharing funny stories about relationships and careers. Much more like hanging out with family members at a reunion or holiday dinner, than a recitation by "talking heads."
    Unbelievably, the same set of musicians played on almost every record. They included guitarists Tommy Tedesco, Billy Strange and Glen Campbell, drummers Hal Blaine and Earl Palmer, electric bass player Carol Kaye and piano players Don Randi and Larry Knechtel. In the film, the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson talks about their invaluable contributions to the seminal "Pet Sounds" and Mickey Dolenz explains how they stood in for The Monkees. They were also Phil Spector's Wall of Sound crew, producing chart-busters like "He's A Rebel," "Rockin Robin" and "Da Doo Ron Ron." The documentary reveals a subculture you may have never realized existed and Carol Kaye's story as one of the only female rock 'n' roll session players is one of the most compelling.

  • A definitive article on The Wrecking Crew was written by Kent Hartman for American Heritage, click here. It includes a Wrecking Crew Top 10 list plus information about studio musician groups in other cities. Definitely worth reading!!

  • LIVE MUSIC ... "Back in the day," Campbell County Judge Mickey Foellger was a rock'n'roll drummer. He's pictured, second from the right in both photos below. On the left is a 1965 snap of The New Lime and on the right is a mid-seventies shot of Wheels. In fact, Mickey still plays when he has time and he and an updated version of the New Lime will perform immediately after the film (Sunday only). Between songs, Mickey will share some local history about the music and recording scene from the '60s and '70s. Read more...

    The New Lime Wheels

    AND MORE ... In addition to the film and live entertainment, the Sunday audience will enjoy a post-film reception and hors d'oeuvre buffet, with cash bar, plus the chance to speak with the musicians and members of the Bany Foundation.

    Monday evening patrons will enjoy the social hour, cash bar and opportunity to chat with Bany Foundation members starting at 6 pm; plus the film at 7 pm and discussion hosted by Mickey Foellger, Mark Bany and Tim Swallow.


    About the Michael W. Bany Scholarship Fund

    On December 29, 1995, Michael Bany was the victim of a robbery attempt that cost him his life. He was 41 years old at the time and had spent more than half his life as a musician, playing bass guitar with well-known local groups such as Wheels, The Goshorn Brothers and The Bluebirds. When he wasn't performing, Mike spent his time composing and working as a piano technician.

    A few months later, the Michael W. Bany Scholarship Fund (MWBSF) was established as part of the Cincinnati Scholarship Foundation, a United Appeal agency which administers numerous scholarship funds in the Greater Cincinnati area. The mission of the MWBSF is to support the Fine Arts through music education throughout the eight counties surrounding the Greater Cincinnati area.

    Focusing on music education and performance, the MWBSF has awarded college scholarships to worthy recipients for each of the past 12 years and contributed money to Taft High School for band uniforms, the University of Cincinnati's College Conservatory of Music and The Cincinnati School for Creative and Performing Arts.

    The Bany Fund holds an annual Golf Outing each year as its major fundraiser and the presentation of the Wrecking Crew, in addition to raising funds for the MWBSF, is intended as a kick-off event to drive awareness of the Golf Outing scheduled for August 1.

    MWBSF trustees Mark Bany, Eddie Carroll, Mickey Foellger, John Harig, Dave Matre, Larry Nager, Patti Seta, Marc Stout and Jon Wood thank you for your support and look forward to speaking with you after the screenings. We sincerely urge you to keep the memory of Michael Bany alive and further the good work of the Scholarship Fund, by attending the Wrecking Crew event at the Carnegie.

    Featuring music
    by these artists

            The 5th Dimension ... Herb Alpert and The Tijuana Brass ... The Association ... The Beach Boys ... The Byrds ... Glen Campbell ... Captain and Tennille ... The Carpenters ... Cher ... The Chipmunks ... Nat King Cole ... Sam Cooke ... The Crystals ... Bobby Day ... The Defenders ... Shelly Fabares ... Richard Harris ... Jan & Dean ... Gary Lewis and the Playboys ... Barry McGuire ... The Mamas & Papas ... Henry Mancini ... The Marketts ... Dean Martin ... Scott McKenzie ... The Monkees ... Chris Montez ... Ricky Nelson ... Wayne Newton ... Jack Nitzsche ... Harry Nilsson ... The Partridge Family ... Elvis Presley ... Paul Revere & the Raiders ... The Righteous Brothers ... The Rip Chords ... Johnny Rivers ... Tommy Roe ... The Ronnetts ... The Routers ... The Sandpipers ... Lalo Schifrin ... Simon and Garfunkel ... Frank Sinatra ... Nancy Sinatra ... Sonny and Cher ... The T-Bones ... Nino Tempo & April Stevens ... Ike and Tina Turner ... Ritchie Valens ... Bobby Vee ... Ventures ... Mason Williams ... Roger Williams ...        
    Mouseover to pause

    performing these
    classic hits ...

    5th Dimension
    Let the Sunshine In
    Stoned Soul Picnic
    Up-Up and Away
    One Less Bell to Answer

    The Association
    Never My Love

    The Beach Boys
    California Girls
    Don't Worry Baby
    Fun Fun Fun
    God Only Knows
    Good Vibrations
    I Get Around
    Sloop John B

    The Byrds
    Mr. Tamborine Man
    Turn! Turn! Turn!

    Glen Campbell
    By The Time I Get to Phoenix
    Gentle on My Mind
    Wichita Lineman

    Captain and Tennille
    Love Will Keep Us Together

    The Carpenters
    Close to You
    We've Only Just Begun

    Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves

    The Chipmunks
    Chipmunks Theme

    Nat King Cole
    Ramblin' Rose

    Sam Cooke
    Twistin' the Night Away
    You Send Me

    The Crystals
    Then He Kissed Me
    Da Doo Ron Ron
    He's A Rebel

    Bobby Day
    Rock-in Robin

    The Defenders
    Taco Wagon

    Shelly Fabares
    Johnny Angel

    Richard Harris
    MacArthur Park

    Jan & Dean
    Dead Man's Curve
    Surf City
    Little Old Lady (From Pasadena)
    Balboa Blue

    Gary Lewis and the Playboys
    Everybody Loves a Clown
    Sure Gonna Miss Her
    This Diamond Ring

    Barry McGuire
    Eve of Destruction

    The Mamas & Papas
    California Dreamin'
    Creeque Alley
    Dedicated to the One I Love
    Monday, Monday

    Henry Mancini
    The Pink Panther Theme

    The Marketts
    Out of Limits
    Surfer's Stomp

    Dean Martin
    Everybody Loves Somebody

    Scott McKenzie
    San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)

    The Monkees
    Mary Mary

    Chris Montez
    Let's Dance

    Ricky Nelson
    Fools Rush In

    Wayne Newton
    Danke Schoen

    Jack Nitzsche
    The Lonely Surfer

    Harry Nilsson
    Everybody's Talkin'

    The Partridge Family
    Come on Get Happy

    Elvis Presley
    A Little Less Conversation
    Viva Las Vegas

    Paul Revere & the Raiders
    Indian Reservation

    The Righteous Brothers
    Unchained Melody
    You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'

    The Rip Chords
    Hey Little Cobra

    Johnny Rivers
    Poor Side of Town

    Tommy Roe

    The Ronnetts
    Be My Baby
    I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus

    The Routers
    Let's Go

    The Sandpipers

    Lalo Schifrin
    Mission Impossible

    Simon and Garfunkel
    Mrs. Robinson

    Frank Sinatra
    Strangers in the Night
    That's Life

    Nancy Sinatra
    These Boots Were Made for Walkin'
    Drummer Man

    Sonny and Cher
    The Beat Goes On
    I Got You Babe

    The T-Bones
    No Matter What Shape (Your Stomach's In)

    Nino Tempo & April Stevens
    Deep Purple

    The Tijuana Brass
    The Lonely Bull
    Spanish Flea
    Taste of Honey
    Whipped Cream
    Zorba the Greek

    Ike and Tina Turner
    River Deep Mountain High

    Ritchie Valens

    Bobby Vee
    The Night Has a Thousand Eyes

    Hawaii 5-O

    Mason Williams
    Classical Gas

    Roger Williams
    Born Free