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Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by elgecko, Nov 9, 2015.
Cool story bro (said without a shred of sarcasm)!
Great story (and video).
Thanks for bringing it to our attention.
AWESOME! That is one of the best behind the scenes stories I've heard in years.
I love that, beautiful story!
I became aware of Tommy Tedeco in 1977 when he played Tommy Marranuchi, one of the guitarist in the "Happy Kyne and His Mirthmakers" 'orchestra' on the TV show, Fernwood Tonight.
He used to sit there as deadpan as could be, playing these bebop licks that were incredible. Funny stuff indeed and yet, he as well as the other guys in the band were all great musicians.
Here's a clip from an old seminar at Musicians institute of Tommy telling the students about his audition for Fernwood Tonight:
Great Story - thanks for posting
blah blah beautiful!
Watch The Wrecking Crew movie (streaming still on Netflix?) for more Tedesco stories...
After watching, I ended up picking up his cover issue of Guitar Player mag (July 1977).
Good read, too.
My favorite part about the video is that my all-time bass hero admits that he's only human AND he's humble about it.
I have the Wrecking Crew documentary coming in the mail from Netflix soon. I remember way back when Tommy Tedesco had a regular column ("Studio Log", or something like that) in GP. Probably have the TT cover issue in the back of my closet too. He always struck me as a very cool pro.
TT's GP columns showed the complexity of some of his charts...that & how much $ he was taking in for a 3-hour session.
Wow...found an online source!
Tommy Tedesco's Studio Log
"The Love Boat"-
Tommy Tedesco's Studio Log, December 1979
"Looking For Mr.Goodbye"-http://www.guitarplayer.com/miscellaneous/1139/tommy-tedescos-studio-log-january-1978/23233
Hey, that's quite a clip.
Sometimes I recall Tommy's story of a producer telling him "that's close, but I want you to play it more green." And it nailed my butt to the seat as he demonstrated playing the score as written and how he played it for the take.
Also recall that Tommy was most emphatic about never changing his strings. Said he if he changed his strings he'd change his sound and his sound puts the food on the table. Not worth the risk. What I saw of his collection of stringed instruments still has me grinning.
Yeah, I remember him mentioning playing lots of ethnic folk instruments in a GP interview. He said he listed them in the union directory too, reasoning that people would be more likely to call him for the job because they could pronounce his name.
Love this story, I got to hear Chuck tell it in person at a clinic last year at Chicago Music Exchange. He told some other great stories, but this was the best.
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