On this day in 1968, Nez produced ten tracks for his instrumental/big band album The Wichita Train Whistle Sings.
The Wichita Train Whistle Sings was made over a two-day session on November 18 and 19 1967 and featured the best musicians in Hollywood, including ten trumpets, ten trombones, ten saxophones, 2 drummers, five percussionists, four pianos, eight basses, seven guitars.
As it was the weekend, all musicians were paid double time and the session was catered by Chasens, the finest restaurant in Hollywood. It all cost $50,000. Nesmith explained to Hal Blaine that he was about to pay a similar sum in tax and he would rather spend it on the sessions and write it off than give it to the IRS. (source: Monkees Day by Day)
photo via Naked Persimmon
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- nbenecki said: There’s a funny bit in the Wrecking Crew documentary where someone (Hal Blaine?) talks about this, and the woodwind players were saying how they got caviar stuck in their reeds.
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