You’ve Heard These Hands

Now if that’s not a cool title for a book I don’t know what is! Turns out iconic Wrecking Crew pianist Don Randi is issuing a memoir, come September. I only just learned about this today and was pleasantly surprised.

Don behind the piano during a session, second from left.
Don behind the piano during a session, second from left.

Maybe it’s all the well-deserved hype sorrounding Denny Tedesco’s Wrecking Crew documentary that we can thank for cool stuff like Don’s book coming out? It’s definately about time the Wrecking Crew and its assorted members got their due respect.

Besides Don’s upcoming book we of course have Hal Blaine’s old book about his days with the crew as well as two more recent books dealing with the same subject, Ken Hartman’s The Wrecking Crew and Ken Sharp’s Sound Explosion. I have Hal’s book and enjoyed it even though it’s a quick read and a bit of a fast-forward account – the two others I’ve yet to get my hands on. But they’re definately on my list.

Cover for Don's upcoming book. A must-read for fans of the Wall of Sound.
Cover for Don’s upcoming book. A must-read for fans of the Wall of Sound.

Don’s book is going straight on that list as well. I’m sure he has some fascinating stories to tell. And he was no slouch either when it came to recording note-perfect Wall of Sound instrumentals – I’ve always been fond of this one, ‘Baby, You Don’t Understand Nothin’, arranged by – who else? – Jack Nitszche. It’s from 1965 and to quote Frank Sinatra, in Wall of Sound terms “it was a very good year.

Aw man, check this one out if you haven’t heard it before – this is as good as it gets!

I’ll end this post with links for the books mentioned so you can order those you don’t have asap.

Hal Blaine and the Wrecking Crew

The Wrecking Crew – The Inside Story of Rock’n’Roll’s Best-Kept Secret

Sound Explosion! – Inside LAs Studio Factory with the Wrecking Crew

You’ve Heard These Hands: From the Wall of Sound to the Wrecking Crew and Other Incredible Stories


3 thoughts on “You’ve Heard These Hands”

  1. Thanks for this wonderful post about Don’s biography. He really is one of a kind and has many interesting stories about those “Wall of Sound” sessions. Your blog is a great tribute to an important time in popular music.


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