The 1960s was an incredible decade for music, with the likes of Beach Boys, Frank Sinatra, Sonny & Cher, The Monkees and many, many others producing timeless hits that remain in the world's consciousness to this day. However, little do people know the reason for all these genius hits, for the catchy melodies and iconic hooks; behind every great artist of the day was a band unlike any other. The Wrecking Crew were probably the most sought after session musicians of the era, producing beats for all areas of the West Coast Sound, winning Grammys and become just as rich as the people they were supporting - and yet the general public remained widely oblivious to the music industry's secret weapon. They may have been ever-evolving, but these LA artists were still top choice for the biggest stars, namely Phil Spector who dubbed them 'The Phil Spector Wall of Sound Orchestra'.
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Chris Smalling and Sam Cooke - Celebrities arrive at Manchester United Football Club, Old Trafford, Manchester Manchester United Player Of The Year Awards 2014 - Manchester, United Kingdom - Tuesday 19th May 2015
Through the 1960s, a collection of Los Angeles musicians worked together in order to support acts like The Beach Boys and Frank Sinatra. This group was called The Wrecking Crew, and they created some of the greatest and most influential songs, without receiving any of the credit for it. Beach Boys co-founder, Bryan Wilson, described how they were the most important part of that period in music. A documentary 12 years in the making, sheds some light on some of the unsung heroes of the musical industry in the 1960s.
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Chris Smalling and Sam Cooke - Old Trafford football stadium was the venue for the 15th annual United for UNICEF Gala Dinner which was attended by a variety of Celebrities including some of the Manchester United playing squad at Old Trafford, Manchester, United Kingdom - Tuesday 4th November 2014
Chris Smalling and Sam Cooke - Celebrities arrive at Manchester United Football Club, Old Trafford, Manchester Manchester United Player Of The Year Awards 2014 - Manchester, United Kingdom - Thursday 8th May 2014
Beyonce injected some much needed optimism into Detroit on Saturday evening.
Beyonce injected some much-needed optimism into the city of Detroit on Saturday night with a swashbuckling show at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Last week, Detroit became biggest ever city to file for bankruptucy, with Michigan Governor Rick Snyder saying the Motor City is "basically broke," according to BBC News.
However, a dizzying performance from the world's biggest entertainer distracted the city's people, if only for two hours.
The 31-year-old's set was full of attitude, soul and passion and she paid tribute to the town with a cover of Sam Cooke's classic song 'Change is Gonna Come' as a video montage of Detroit themes played behind her all-girl band. Kid Rock, Eminem, Joe Louis, The Renaissance Center, a United Auto Workers logo and a motivational quote from Henry Ford all apperared.
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Date of birth
22nd January, 1931
Date of death
1st January, 1970