Imagine if every hit song of the late 50s, 60s, 70s, and even into the 80s was performed by one band. Ridiculous, huh? Well, guess what? It's closer to reality than you may think.That quote was taken from a review for the film The Wrecking Crew (2008). I haven't seen the movie yet but I'd like to--but Netflix doesn't carry it and I'm too cheap to buy it at Amazon.
There is a fair bit about the Wrecking Crew over at Wiki. Back in the day, big label record companies didn't trust all the members of a band to go into a recording studio without screwing things up. Only the indispensable stars of a recording act would sit for a recording session. The rest of the musicians were professional session musicians like bassist Carol Kaye (above) at Capitol Records in L.A.
Detroit had its own "wrecking crew" and there's a film called Standing In The Shadows of Motown (2002) that tells their story.