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Chuck Rainey meets Tommy Tedesco

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by elgecko, Nov 9, 2015.

  1. elgecko


    Apr 30, 2007
    Anasleim, CA
    Cool story bro (said without a shred of sarcasm)!

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  2. Testing123

    Testing123 Eschew obfuscation

    Jan 21, 2006
    Orange County, CA
    Great story (and video).
    Thanks for bringing it to our attention. :thumbsup:
  3. Hotblack

    Hotblack Pay the cost to be the boss. Supporting Member

    May 20, 2002
    Provided content for Genzler Amplification
    AWESOME! That is one of the best behind the scenes stories I've heard in years.
  4. mrufino1

    mrufino1 Supporting Member

    Aug 2, 2005
    Nutley, NJ
    I love that, beautiful story!
  5. Testing123

    Testing123 Eschew obfuscation

    Jan 21, 2006
    Orange County, CA
    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:

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  6. Dbassmon


    Oct 2, 2004
    Rutherford, NJ
    Great Story - thanks for posting
  7. blah blah beautiful!
  8. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    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.
  9. elgecko


    Apr 30, 2007
    Anasleim, CA
    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.

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  10. 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.
  11. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    TT's GP columns showed the complexity of some of his charts...that & how much $ he was taking in for a 3-hour session.
  12. Testing123

    Testing123 Eschew obfuscation

    Jan 21, 2006
    Orange County, CA
    Do tell!
  13. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
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    Dec 12, 1999
  15. Morrighan

    Morrighan La Contessa Supporting Member

    Oct 22, 2015
    Isle of Everywhere
    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.
  16. 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.
  17. GregC

    GregC Questlove, Black Thought, Hamilton Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 19, 2007
    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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