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April 14, 2013

REMEMBERING TOMMY: 'Giants of Buffalo' pays tribute to renowned Falls musician

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The film, to be shown at the Market Arcade at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, has not yet hit theaters but has already won awards in film festivals, including the Buffalo Niagara Film Festival.

“The Wrecking Crew,” takes viewers inside the lives of some of the estimated 20 or so musicians who played on soundtracks behind the most beloved movies, television shows and rock and roll songs of the 60s and 70s. 

The list of stars and famous musicians Tedesco rubbed elbows with as a member of the “crew” are a who’s who in Hollywood from that time, from Frank Sinatra to Cher to Elvis. Tedesco’s guitar enlivened television shows from “Bonanza” to “Three’s Company.” And the list of movies infused by his talent takes up three pages in his book “Tommy Tedesco: Confessions of a Guitar Player.”

In fact, Tommy’s hand touched so much music that it has presented the last obstacle his son must conquer before releasing the film, in which copyright fees had to be determined and paid for 125 songs. After much effort, Denny was able to chip away at user fees to only about a quarter of the original $2 million copyright fee estimate.

“I needed to show the quantity of music,” said Denny, who has been previewing the documentary to audiences around the world, from Germany to Israel, where he has been delighted to watch foreign viewers sing along to the hits. “Yes, it’s an American story but this music touches everybody,” he said. 

Tedesco is looking for sponsors to help him continue showing the film, along with organizations who might like to use it as a fundraising tool; and to help bring it to market. He would love to bring it to Niagara Falls, the place his father called home and where Denny and his three siblings spent every summer of their life. 

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