The Wrecking Crew!
A DocumentaryDVD - 2015
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I was very jealous of the guitar when we were first dating and got engaged, and he paid a lot more attention to the guitar, I felt. So I gave him an ultimatum, "It's me or the guitar." And he said, "Honey, the guitar doesn't have legs. you do."
People ask me all the time about being a woman in a man's world. I felt equal with the rest of the guys, and they felt it too. Sometimes they got a little testy. They'd say, "Oh, you play good for a girl, Carol." "Yeah, you play good for a guy too." I love musicians and the humor and the way that they play.
And they all knew that. And I think it was like a sister-- having a sister there.
The Wrecking Crew was the focal point of the music. They were the ones with all the spirit, and all the know-how, especially for rock and roll music. In the hardcore producing area, everybody knew what went on there. I mean, everybody knew that the best musicians played on all the sessions, but we as the general public didn't know. I had no idea that certain people didn't play their own records until The Monkees came along. ... We played on everybody's. The Lazy-Crazy-Hazy Days of Summer album with Nat King Cole, it was the same guys doing that, that was doing The Beach Boys. The musicians were really the unsung heroes of all those hit records.
Even though the term "The Wrecking Crew" gained popularity with rock historians, many of these musicians
never heard the term until years later. I think Hal Blaine was the first one I heard it from.
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But, out of nowhere, I had a wife who all of a sudden declared, "I want a divorce." "What? What are you talking about? I just went for a sandwich and--" to believe. And in order for her to get paid off, you sell everything you own. I had 170-something gold records. I had to sell them all. The house was sold for a third
of what it was worth. I had to let the yacht go. The yacht was repossessed. I never had anything repossessed in my life. It's just a shame to get wiped out that seriously.... I mean, it's-- You certainly, in the realm of suicide, you certainly think about it. I was working in Scottsdale, Arizona, and I was a security guard, plain and simple. Here I went from... all this money and this magnificent estate and everything else involved, and all of a sudden I was reduced to living in a clothes closet. Came out of about 23 rooms in Hollywood. And it was like the end of the world.
Crew members on monetary reward:
A black drummer: I made more money playing rock and roll than I ever made playing jazz.
The only female musician Carol: There was one point in the mid '60s that I was making more money than the president of the United States.
Another member: I remember I used to kid Carol. I'd say, "Do you realize, Carol, if I got a divorce and you -- we could get married and what a year we'd have of money. Between all your money and my money, - we'd be killing everybody."
(Carol: Including each other.)
Another member: In my particular case, I bought an incredible mansion in Hollywood. I had a magnificent yacht. I had a gorgeous Rolls Royce. (until he lost them all from a divorce.)
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